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Should Supreme Court Justices Continue to Serve for Life? SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly in February at age 79. The Court has since operated with one of its nine seats vacant, affecting the outcome of many cases. The Republican-controlled Senate has refused to consider President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Court of Appeals, to fill the vacancy. In the midst of a hotly contested election, Republican leaders say the next president should make the appointment. One of the reasons for the political standoff is that the stakes are so high: Once approved by the Senate, Supreme Court justices serve for the rest of their lives or until they choose to step down or are impeached.* Here, two legal experts weigh in on whether life tenure for justices still makes sense. YES Since 1787, the Constitution has granted Supreme Court justices and most federal judges the right to hold their offices until they die or choose to retire. Stripping life tenure from Supreme Court justices would “fix” a nonexistent problem and threaten America’s independent judiciary.
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