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Supreme Court Justice Breyer Comes Out in Favor of Term Limits for Justices

"I think it would be fine to have long terms, say 18 years or something like that, for a Supreme Court Justice..."

By NTK Staff | 04.23.2019 @10:58am

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer came out in favor of imposing long-term limits on Supreme Court justices while speaking at an event hosted by the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

The moderator of the event, Bill Press, asked Breyer what he thought about the proposal that some Democratic presidential candidates have made about expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court.

“I think nine is fine. I’m not speaking about anybody’s proposal. But I have discovered that nine seems to work,” Breyer said. “It’s hard, you know, because these are not shrinking violets, any of the members of the Court. And yet they are going to be helpful, really, when they produce opinions which have five or more members signing on to those opinions.”

“The country is not interested primarily in what Sandra O’Connor, or what I, or David, or somebody else think of the Constitution. They want to know primarily what does the Court think because that is what the law is, and that is what they will have to follow,” Breyer said. “So, it’s very important to try and get those five on a single opinion. So, people who are strong-minded, definite individuals, have to also at the same time try to work together.”

“It works fairly well, not perfectly, but fairly well,” Breyer added.

Press followed up by asking Breyer about what he thought about adding term limits for members of the Supreme Court.

“I think if there were a long term of years, I’m not speaking about anybody’s proposal or about the political races or about politics or about candidates. And I’m actually not saying anything I haven’t said many, many times when there was no election in the offing,” Breyer said. “But I think it would be fine to have long terms, say 18 years or something like that, for a Supreme Court Justice. It would make life easier. I wouldn’t have to worry about when I’m going to retire or not.”

Breyer added that the term limits must be long because you don’t want someone looking for their next job while they are a member of the court.

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