Term Limits Placed On Supreme Court Justices?

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(TargetLiberty.org) – Fifty-six advocacy organizations have joined to endorse the TERM Act, which had first been introduced by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) in 2022. The Act, which was floated again last year would establish 18-year terms for all justices, both current and future ones. 

In a statement, Stand Up America executive director Christina Harvey argued that the Supreme Court extremists had undermined the country’s democracy by taking away fundamental freedoms and allowing unlimited corporate funds to enter the country. She added that they had also reversed the 50 years of precedence by overturning Roe v. Wade. 

The Supreme Court Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization Act, has currently won over around 28 co-sponsors in Congress. 

House Judiciary Subcommittee on courts ranking member Johnson has argued that in 2022 the high court’s bench would be facing an ever-increasing legitimacy crisis. The bill that he has introduced would give the president the right to nominate a Supreme Court justice every two years, once in the first and the second time in the third year of their presidential term. The senior status would be achieved by the longest-serving judges.

In September 2023 when he reintroduced the bill, Johnson argued that the TERM Act was necessary as a lifetime tenure meant that there was no accountability and was bad for the country’s democracy. In 2022 when he had first introduced the bill it had died in committee. The legislation was reintroduced in 2023 and Johnson had pointed to the Pew Research Center polling to show how the favorability of the court was in decline.

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