Georgia Senate Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock – both stuck in close races that have gained national attention – have taken different positions on the issue of judicial packaging.
Ossoff challenges Republican Senator David Perdue, while Warnock is pitted against the state’s other GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler. If Democrats win both seats, they will take control of the upper house, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris voting tied.
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One of the important questions that could lie with the races is whether the Supreme Court could be enlarged by nine justices. It’s a fringe idea that has gained momentum in recent years, especially since President Trump has appointed Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat. Barrett was confirmed while early voting was underway, enraging Democrats.
“Packing” the tribunal with additional judges was unsuccessfully attempted by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937, who sought to force through parts of his New Deal that were ruled unconstitutional by the High Court.
Democrats accused Republicans of stealing Supreme Court seats and claimed they had indulged in their own version of “the court of law.” Therefore, a number of Democrats and activists have called on President-elect Joe Biden to try to endow the tribunal with more judges.
Ossoff opposed such a move.
“We shouldn’t expand the Supreme Court just because a justice can be upheld with which we disagree on policy,” he said in a September interview with Classic City News.
Perdue’s campaign pushed Ossoff to go further and support a constitutional amendment limiting the number of judges to nine. So far, Ossoff has not expressed support for such a proposal.
While Warnock did not support the lawsuits, he also did not explicitly oppose it – instead saying it would be “presumptuous” of him to weigh in on the matter.
“I think it’s presumptuous for me to go further down that road – talk about what should happen with the courts,” Warnock said earlier this month. “I am optimistic that the Georgian people will examine my life, examine my record and give me the great honor of representing them in the United States Senate.”
Opposition from even a small number of Democrats would kill any chance of securing judicial action by Congress.
In addition to Ossoff, the senses. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., And Joe Manchin, DW.Va., have expressed their opposition to the addition of judges to the court.
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After repeatedly dodging questions about his support for impeachment in court, then-candidate Biden said in October he would form a commission to examine “how to reform the justice system.”
“If I am elected, what I will do is set up a national commission, a bipartite commission made up of academics, constitutionalists, Democrats, Republicans, liberals, conservatives,” he said. he stated in an interview. “I will ask them, for 180 days, to come back to me with recommendations on how to reform the justice system, because it is going out of order.”
Fox News’s Evie Fordham and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.