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Flashpoints - June 25, 2012 at 5:00pm

Flashpoints, for June 25, 2012 - 5:00pm

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When it comes to limited

When it comes to limited terms for the Supreme Court of the U.S. you might as well wish for a Planet B. The constitution establishes life-time terms for justices in order for them render their opinions with no constraints to the politics of re-appointment. I imagine you would have to convene a constitutional convention to change this fundamental of the three branches of government. Better to go for a minimum retirement age. I'm sick of these old cranks sitting on the bench till they can barely walk. The law is technical and complex especially as applied within the zeitgeist of the era. The brain ages, loses cells, and gets sclerotic. Most professions have a mandatory or customary retirement age and so should the supreme court judges who have such singular power to shape our society.

The supreme court is supposed

The supreme court is supposed to be free from politics, personal beliefs by its members effecting decisions, and be a check and balance against the executive and congressional branches of government. The fact is it is not. For starters supreme court justices should only be only allowed to serve a limited term, not for a lifetime. Then when a progressive administration comes to office they can chose their preferred judges. And, counter intuitively, perhaps supreme court justices should be elected to office on a proportional representation basis. Anybody with any ideas please follow up with your comment

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