Fix the Court today announced it has begun running digital ads on top news websites to call on D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland to pledge to serve a fixed term on the Supreme Court should he be confirmed.
The ad (right) states, “Judge Garland: Pledge to serve a fixed term if confirmed to the Supreme Court,” and is appearing on the websites for the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News Channel, CBS News, Bloomberg, Politico, Slate and Huffington Post.
“If you’re reading a news story this week on your computer or smartphone on Capitol Hill, at the Supreme Court or even in the D.C. Circuit building, there’s a good chance you’ll see our ad,” Fix the Court executive director Gabe Roth said.
“Our purpose here is to acknowledge that ending life tenure at the high court is supported by the vast majority of Americans, regardless of ideology, and that if Congress continues to fail to establish boundaries at the high court, it is well within the purview of a nominee to step up and say there should be a limit to a justice’s power and tenure,” Roth added.
While Fix the Court will not take a position on Garland’s nomination or the GOP’s “no hearing, no votes” strategy, it will continue to advocate for fixes that would make the most powerful, least accountable part of our government – and the men and women who serve and may serve there – more accountable to the American people. A petition echoing the ad’s pro-terms sentiments has been posted online.
Numerous legal scholars – left and right – believe that holding on to a position as powerful as Supreme Court justice for multiple decades, as Justice Scalia and four current justices have, is not what our founders intended and is more feudal than democratic.
Even Chief Justice John Roberts, when working in the Reagan administration in the 1980s, suggested that 15 years on the high court would suffice, and Justice Stephen Breyer earlier this year said he could support a high court term limit so long as it was a “long term.”
Fix the Court advocates for an 18-year limit, with a new justice being nominated every two years.