Concurring Opinions from members of the Supreme Court Commission

Last week, I wrote a blog about the Presidential Commission’s final report on the Supreme Court. The White House issued today two statements from three members of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court — one by Adam White/AEI, the other by Thomas Griffith and David Levi. Each was limited to 800 words so I’ll reprint them.

Additional Statement from Commissioner Adam White

December 15, 2021

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discretion. The judges To maximize their chances of success, retirees are increasingly timing their retirements.
of being replaced by The same goes for those who are similarly inclined Appointment. It is easy to see why this trend exists., However
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Deep problems Any system that limits the judicial term is bound to have these limitations. It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to bear this burden
On judges themselves Please explain Their retirement plans, and to reduce the
There are dangers in partisan alignment

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Statement Former federal Thomas judges B. Griffith and David F. Levi

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These are in a way official “concurring opinion” to the complete report of the commission.

Like I said last week, my individual views are presented at a greater depth here. Others on the commission also wrote shorter pieces such as Keith Whittington (co-blogger), Nancy Gertner and Larry Tribe, Caroline Frederickson, Kermit Roosevelt and Nancy Gertner. Griffth, Levi wrote an opinion piece earlier. It is likely that there will be even more.