Alan Dershowitz: Packing Supreme Court Would be a ‘Disaster’ for the Court, Due Process, Free Speech
“If the Democrats get a chance to pack the court, they’ll pack it with radical opponents of free speech and due process, people who call themselves progressives but are really regressives”
Democrats are actively looking for a way to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with four additional, presumably liberal, justices. Biden has even launched a committee to study the issue.
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz says this would be a disaster in many ways.
This weekend, Dershowitz discussed the issue during an interview on Newsmax.
From Sandy Fitzgerald of Newsmax:
Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: ‘Disaster’ to Add More Supreme Court Justices
It would be a “disaster for the Supreme Court” if a Democrat bill to add four more justices to the bench is approved, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz said on Newsmax TV Saturday.
“It would be a disaster for the Supreme Court and it would be a disaster for freedom of speech and due process,” Dershowitz said on Newsmax TV’s “Saturday Report.” “If the Democrats get a chance to pack the court, they’ll pack it with radical opponents of free speech and due process, people who call themselves progressives but are really regressives.”…
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she does not favor the expansion, but Dershowitz pointed out Saturday that in her comments, she said that times have changed and there may still be regional and other considerations that require expanding the number of justices.
“That’s total nonsense,” Dershowitz said. “The Supreme Court is the most underworked institution in the American government. They decide fewer than 100 cases a year. They have four or five law clerks each and they don’t work all that hard.”
He added that there is no real reason to expand the number of justices, except to add people who are the “ideological” match of people like Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., in the court.
Watch the whole segment below:
Another law professor, Jonathan Turley of George Washington University, has described the idea of packing the U.S. Supreme Court as a hostile takeover.
He writes at his blog:
Hostile Takeover: Democrats To Introduce Bill To Pack The Supreme Court
We recently discussed the controversial commission created by President Joe Biden to discuss calls to pack the Supreme Court as well as a number of truly looney ideas for circumventing or reducing the authority of the Court’s conservative majority. Some members however decided not to wait even for a commission that is itself packed with liberal members. House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, D-NY, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, and others will be announcing their plan to immediately add four new justices to the Court. The number is calculated purely to give liberals a 7-6 majority on the Court. It is about a subtle as a B-52 run.
Many of us have discussed the expansion of the Supreme Court through the years. Over 20 years ago, I recommended the expansion of the Court to 17 or 19 members. However, that recommendation would occur over many years and would not give advocates the short-term majority that they are seeking. That is the difference between reforming and packing the Court.
The bill today strips away any pretense of principle. It is pure unadulterated court packing.
It should be noted that neither Dershowitz nor Turley are conservatives.
The Democrats are attempting a power grab that is unprecedented in our time, and everyone knows it, including them.
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