House Democrats Push Bill To Add Four Seats To Supreme Court

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The recent SCOTUS decisions concerning gun and abortion laws have angered the liberal left.

The SCOTUS justices have written their opinions based on constitutional law, but the result has incited violence by the opposition.

Calls for violence against SCOTUS justices and protests at their homes that happened after the decisions were unprecedented.

Justice Clarence Thomas has written opinion about the laws that had their foundation on the former abortion ruling and has suggested that those laws
those should be looked at as well, as their foundation was also flawed.

During the recent SCOTUS decision concerning Roe v Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a solo concurring opinion in which he argued that the Supreme Court should also reconsider rulings on contraception, same-sex relationships, and marriage.

When it is found that an issue is NOT Constitutionally based, the process is for that issue to be returned to the states to decide for each state.

When it is found that an issue IS Constitutionally based, federal law can then be considered around that issue.

Since the recent SCOTUS decisions, individuals on social media have called for Thomas to be assassinated and more.

This comes after one California man who attempted to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh was arrested and charged.

It also comes after other groups have called for violence to be committed against pro-life groups, individuals, and churches. In response, the FBI announced it was investigating such threats and Congress passed a bill that President Joe Biden signed into law extending protections to members of the justices families.

Individuals have been not only calling on social media for the assassination Justice Clarence Thomas but also pro-abortion activists have published his home address.

Others have called to burn down the Supreme Court.

Republic Brief previously noted:

“Individuals who communicate a threat to injure another can face federal felony charges if they use a form of interstate commerce, such as email, mail, phone calls, texts, or online messaging, to send the threat,” Criminal Defense Lawyer explains. “This federal offense carries up to 5 years in federal prison. (18 U.S.C. § 875.) Sending such threats repeatedly can lead to federal criminal stalking charges and up to 10 years in prison. (18 U.S.C. §§ 2261, 2261A.) Depending on the circumstances of the threats or the intended recipient, other federal penalties may apply.”

Threatening judges is illegal, law scholar James Hirsen explains, “interference with the administration of justice in the manner in which it has recently been occurring is illegal,” pointing to federal statute 18 U.S.C. 1507. The penalty for violating the law results in a fine and/or a prison sentence of up to one year.

We must protect our Supreme Court justices from attacks so that they will be free to interpret our constitution correctly, not at the whim of the masses but in accordance with the founding fathers’ design, and without fear for their own or their families’ lives.

Working within the legal system, President Biden recently, in an unsuccessful attempt, tried to covertly start the nomination process for a conservative judge who is friendly to abortion rights who would possibly be accepted by both sides.

As that undercover process was happening, Democrats in Congress are attempting to change the number of justices on the Supreme Court in an attempt to allow Biden to nominate liberal judges while the Biden administration is still in place.

As to the process nick-named “court-packing,” Democrats say Republicans did so first.

“The nightmare scenario of GOP court-packing is already upon us,” said Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.). “That’s how they got this far-right 6-3 majority in the first place.”

The Court’s 6-3 conservative slant is in part due to President Donald Trump’s appointment of three associate justices to the bench. Neil Gorsuch replaced Antonin Scalia, Brett Kavanaugh replaced Anthony Kennedy, and Amy Coney Barrett replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

It is notable to point out that when President Trump replaced judges, he did not add to the number of judges on the bench.

But Congress has previously changed the number of justices on the court seven times, The Hill noted.

House Democrats on Monday demanded legislation to add four seats to the Supreme Court in hopes of moving the judicial body away from its current conservative slant.

The lawmakers made their push at a press conference hosted by the Take Back the Court Action Fund on Monday.

Democrats stated their case against the current Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is “making decisions that usurp the power of the legislative and executive branches,” said Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., according to The Hill, suggesting that sending cases back to the states somehow deletes the power of federal legal branches of the government, although doing so is constitutional.

The measure is unlikely to become law as Democrats will likely be unable to clear the filibuster’s 60-vote threshold in the Senate in the face of stiff Republican opposition, Just The News reported.

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