american history 105

One of the reasons the framers of the U.S. Constitution included the provision that federal judges would be appointed for life was to provide the judicial branch with enough independence such that it could not easily be influenced by the political winds of the time. The chief justice and the associate justices on the Supreme Court serve lifetime terms, after successful nomination by the president and confirmation by the Senate. In one paragraph, explain why some scholars believe that a life appointment is or is not appropriate for a Supreme Court Justice. In a second paragraph, discuss what are the advantages and disadvantages of a branch of government that is not democratically elected and how that is reflective in the debate about “legislating from the bench.” F.D.R wanted to add three more justices to the Court and some scholars believe the appointment process should be changed? Discuss some of the changes suggested and what would be the effect of such changes.

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