Project #62663 - American Gov. 2

 

Lifetime Appointments of Supreme Court Justices

Some people strongly favor term limits for governmental officials. The U.S. practice regarding this issue differs among the three branches of government. There are term limits on the presidency, for instance, but none for members of Congress. For the Supreme Court, there are no term limits on justices, and they are never required to win election or re-election. Once appointed by the president, justices may serve for life. Thurgood Marshall, the great Supreme Court justice, was 81 years old when a reporter asked him when he planned to retire. Marshall responded, "I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110 . . ."


In this Discussion, you will analyze strengths and weaknesses of lifetime appointments of Supreme Court justices and whether or not you believe lifetime appointments have a positive impact on American democracy.

 

The American Democracy (8th ed.)

 

      • Chapter 14, "The Federal Judicial System: Applying the Law" (pp. 403 - 431)

    • Article: Ornstein, N. J., & Farnsworth, W. (2005). Term limits for judges? Retrieved from http://www.legalaffairs.org/webexclusive/debateclub_termlimits0205.msp

      To prepare for this Discussion:

 

  • Review the assigned chapters in the course text.

  • Review the article on term limits for judges in the Learning Resources.

  • Consider how Supreme Court justices are chosen.

  • Reflect on why Supreme Court justices have lifetime appointments.

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    • What are the risks of not providing lifetime appointments?

       

  • Consider how lifetime appointments aid or deter the decisions of Supreme Court justices and why.

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    • How does the makeup of the Supreme Court affect its group decision making?

      With these thoughts in mind:

      Post by Day 3 a 2- to 3-paragraph analysis of two strengths and two weaknesses of lifetime appointments for Supreme Court justices. Be sure to include a rationale for why the Supreme Court justices should or should not have lifetime appointments.

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