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Posted: 1/15/2006 2:51:53 PM EDT
Like the title says, how come they aren't limited to limited terms like most of the government?
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 2:53:26 PM EDT
that little constitution thingie
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 2:54:05 PM EDT
Cause it feels so good when you end their term.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 2:55:12 PM EDT
So that they are not influenced by the possibility of being voted off the bench by making a decision that, while correct, is widely unpopular.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 2:55:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 2:59:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 3:14:32 PM EDT
I think no older than 80. Because I think nobody should have to work past 80.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 3:22:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bigcraig:
I think no older than 80. Because I think nobody should have to work past 80.




They can retire any time they want.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 3:27:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By A_G:

Originally Posted By bigcraig:
I think no older than 80. Because I think nobody should have to work past 80.




They can retire any time they want.

yeah, but once you get old enough, you stop making rational decisions, which may include choosing to retire or not
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 3:27:49 PM EDT
Oh I know they can retire when they want, But as past history shows they dont.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:24:31 AM EDT

So that they're independant (relatively) from politics.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:26:35 AM EDT
Because it's the only way to keep liberals kooks there.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:36:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:

Originally Posted By npd233:
So that they are not influenced by the possibility of being voted off the bench by making a decision that, while correct, is widely unpopular.



Roger that! 110% correct.



Also prevents them from seting up a cushy consulting job by rendering opinions favorable to prospective employers.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:43:23 AM EDT
The idea, at least, was to keep them as independent of politics as possible.

AFAIK, most of the government does not have limited terms. The President was limited to two terms by a fairly recent constitutional amendment. I don't know of any other successful attempts to impose term limits on other politicians.

In practice, the Supreme Court is influenced by politics in a similar way to the other branches of government, but they are the slowest to respond to changes in the political landscape. Conservatives have had much greater influence over the other two branches of government for 10-20 years now, but we're just starting to make our presence felt on the Supreme Court. If we hold power for another 10-20 years, the Supreme Court may be a fairly conservative institution.

Now, it's a matter of debate whether it's time for a change in how Supreme Court justices are handled. It may look like a good idea now, but what could happen 50 years from now? What if we get our conservative court, and Liberals start to take back some power? We might be glad to have our Conservative court to moderate their legislation.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 12:11:11 PM EDT
"Why do Supreme Court Justices get lifetime terms?"

Because, the death penalty seemed a little extreme.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 1:34:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jon3:
So that they're independant (relatively) from politics.



But the whole appointment system is loaded with politics. There has to be a less political way of nominating judges.

NTM
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 4:35:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:

What do you do with a Judge suffering from alzheimer's?




Impeachment by Congress allows the removal of a USSC justice.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 4:37:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mace:

The President was limited to two terms by a fairly recent constitutional amendment.





Over 60 years ago, not too recent, sir.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 4:46:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mace:
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The President was limited to two terms by a fairly recent constitutional amendment. I don't know of any other successful attempts to impose term limits on other politicians.
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BTW: Up until Franklin Roosevelt's term, all presidents served a maximum of 2 terms a tradition that was started by the Geo. Washington. It was until later that the U.S. Constitution was amended to actually limiting a person to 2 terms.
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