Biden starts staffing a commission on Supreme Court reform

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    • #398616
      Ohio Barbarian
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      (Politico) The Biden administration is moving forward with the creation of a bipartisan commission to study reforms to the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary.

      The commission will be housed under the purview of the White House Counsel’s office and filled out with the behind-the-scenes help of the Biden campaign’s lawyer Bob Bauer. Its specific mandate is still being decided. But, in a signal that the commission is indeed moving ahead, some members have already been selected, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.

      Among those who will be on the commission are Cristina Rodríguez, a professor at Yale Law School and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama Department of Justice, who has been tapped to co-chair the commission. Caroline Fredrickson, the former president of the American Constitution Society, and Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law School professor and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Bush Department of Justice, will also serve on the commission, those familiar with discussions said.

      Fredrickson has hinted that she is intellectually supportive of ideas like court expansion. In 2019, she said in an interview with Eric Lesh, the executive director of the LGBT Bar Association and Foundation of Greater New York: “I often point out to people who aren’t lawyers that the Supreme Court is not defined as ‘nine person body’ in the Constitution, and it has changed size many times.”

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    • #398626
      HassleCat
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      We’ll end up brining back the 3/5 rule.

    • #398646
      salemcourt
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      Biden is ending private federal prisons.

      • #399333
        djean111
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        be put in different cages.  This is, IMO, just a showy thing designed to make it look like Biden is addressing something.

        https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/biden-s-order-terminates-federal-private-prison-contracts-here-s-n1255776

        Micah Herskind, an organizer with The Southern Center for Human Rights — a Georgia civil rights group focused on the criminal legal system — said that although the order may seem like a significant step to address the criminal legal system’s issues, the effort is a “misdirection” from structural problems. In 2016, the activist and author Kay Whitlock noted that a commitment to ending private prisons only appears to tackle mass incarceration without having to structurally change the oppressive systems on which incarceration thrives. Whitlock also noted that only a small portion of the incarcerated population is in private prisons.

        In 2019, 8.1 percent of people incarcerated in the U.S. were held in private prisons, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The order does not appear to apply to similar contracts with other agencies like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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        “[The order] doesn’t repeal laws and policies that criminalize people and lead to incarceration in the first place,” he added. “It doesn’t do anything about the total federal prison population or the state of federal prisons. It does nothing to challenge the U.S.’ core conviction that it’s OK for a country to cage millions of people — it simply says that some companies shouldn’t be able to do that caging. I imagine the order’s primary impact will actually be to falsely convince many people that significant action has been taken to combat mass incarceration when the opposite is true.”

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      • #399705
        Spud Demon
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        Even if it’s largely symbolic because it’s only federal prisoners, it’s still good leadership.  Private prisons are awful.

        And in the courts, the refusal to consider Merrick Garland (who was a compromise nom anyway) cannot go unanswered.  Pack them!

        Impeach Clarence Thomas!

        Make DC a state!

    • #398674
      jbnw
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    • #399244
      FedUp
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      How about those $2000 ($1400) checks? Nothing else matters to millions of Americans right now.

    • #399422
      eridani
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      If FDR couldn’t do it, then Biden certainly can’t.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #399506
      Fasttense
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      Expanding the number of people on the court can only make it better. The more opinions, the more deliberations. The less likely someone would/could bribe them all not just bribing Thomas through his wife or paying for all that travel for Scalia and others. Keep an odd number and expand to 25 or more.

      More doesn’t mean it can’t happen just that it is harder to pull off.

      And these justices need a common code of conduct. Thomas lied about his bribes for 6 years and he’s still there. And all those foreign investments by these judges bothers me. That’s a good way to hide money.

      There is a lot of reform needed on the Supreme Court but we’ll see if anything is done.

    • #399565
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      someway we correct the damage done by the Citizens United decision.

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

      Me

    • #399696
      Snort McDork
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      …Pushing stimulus relief up until the Summer.

      Just guessing seeing how the wind seems to be blowing so far.

      I'm Snort McDork and I approved this message.

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    • #399736
      Phlem
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      Substance would mean they would actually do something for the working class.

      Corporate politicians have done this for decades to quell the masses and it’s always just for show.

      It enables them to string along the “hope and change” voter. Cattle in a pen that votes to BE cattle in a pen.

      Guaranteed there will be something that will end all life that only the Dems can fix next voting cycle. So don’t vote R’s because they’re soooooo evil (they actually are) and because the D’s are the saviors (equally if not more evil than the R’s for their ability to fool the simple, rig elections legally, and just about own or influence heavily, all media channels).

      Why because everything they do is rigged or has a back door, …. they always secure the win in any way possible.

      Supreme court reform means they make it harder for the rest of us to undo their rigging in the future.

      Hopey changy, push em to the left, change the party from within, lather rinse repeat, ………………….FFS. The never ending hell ride. :/

      • #399756
        Ohio Barbarian
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        This is probably theater to give Democrat voters hope their flawed heroes might actually do something positive.

        Real reform is just a few donations and elections away! Stay the course!

        Well, I’ve watched the Democrats’ course pretty closely since 1992, anyway, and I’ve seen nothing to indicate that improving the material standard of living of my family, and the entire working class for that matter, is a real priority for them.

        I expect absolutely nothing to come of this.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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