Court packing part of Joe Biden Democratic Party platform

Court packing part of Joe Biden Democratic Party platform


Democrats agree that their court-packing plan has gained relevancy after Senate Republicans pushed through Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. But the plan has been on the Democratic Party’s agenda for months, if not years.

Packing the Supreme Court is explicitly called for in the 2020 Democratic Party platform adopted in August, a month before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and President Trump nominated Judge Barrett to fill the vacancy.

Liberal activists argue that court-packing — from the Supreme Court down through the lower federal courts — is necessary to depoliticize the rogue behavior of Mr. Trump and Senate Republicans.

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Packing the court refers to the practice of adding judges or justices to a particular court to dilute an existing judicial majority. The 2020 Democratic Party platform said if its members win elections in November, “Democrats will commit to creating new federal district and circuit judgeships consistent with recommendations from the Judicial Conference.”

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