First Liberty Institute submitted a public statement to the Presidential Fee on the Supreme Court docket of the US on behalf of greater than 400,000 Individuals, calling for the rejection of a Democrat-backed notion of including seats to the excessive courtroom.
“Partisan ‘courtroom reform’ proposals threaten the civil liberties of all Individuals, and the political manipulation of our judiciary threatens the integrity of our constitutional democracy,” the assertion mentioned.
“An awesome majority of Individuals reject proposals to ‘reform’ the Supreme Court docket of the US by including to the variety of justices and by limiting judicial evaluate,” it added. “Our personal nation’s historical past — and the expertise of different international locations — provide sturdy cautions in opposition to restructuring the judiciary.”
The remark was authored by First Liberty Institute and endorsed and signed by leaders who included former Legal professional Common Ed Meese, Rev. Franklin Graham, Brent William Gardner and others. The remark warns in opposition to court-reform proposals which have been debated by the fee, which was established by President Biden, and insists they’re harmful.
“Court docket-packing is a horrible, harmful concept that Individuals view as an act of pure political revenge, threatening our courts and the civil liberties of all Individuals,” mentioned Kelly Shackelford, the assertion’s creator and a coalition organizer. He’s additionally president, CEO and chief counsel of First Liberty Institute. “An unbiased judiciary is an important examine on the ability of the chief and legislative branches and the fleeting political whims of the tradition that preserves our constitutional republic.”
Since its founding, the fee, which is ready to disband in November, has requested the general public to weigh in on judiciary reforms that might embody including seats to the nine-member U.S. Supreme Court docket.
The fee is scheduled to fulfill Oct. 15 and some occasions after that earlier than releasing a report on its findings.
A number of outstanding Democrats, together with Biden and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have criticized the courtroom for latest selections on Arizona voting legal guidelines.
Different Democrats have additionally pushed for extra seats to be added to the Supreme Court docket.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., together with Home Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Judiciary Committee members Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., and Hank Johnson, D-Ga., stood exterior the Supreme Court docket in April to announce their legislation to develop the excessive courtroom from 9 to 13 justices.
Based on Markey, the growth of the Supreme Court docket from 9 justices to 13 “rights the wrongs the Republicans have completed” to the courtroom.
“We’re right here in the present day as a result of the US Supreme Court docket is damaged,” Markey mentioned. “It’s out of stability. It must be fastened. Increasing the Supreme Court docket is equal justice and can guarantee equal justice is allotted to all Individuals.”