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  •  RJS - only one Justice of the Supreme Court (5+ / 0-)

    has ever been impeached and that Justice was not removed by the Senate. So at the moment no Justice of the Supreme Court has ever been removed from the Court by Congress.

    None of the current Supreme Court Justices will be the first because members of Congress do not think that rulings on cases before the Court are an appropriate reason to initiate the impeachment process, absent some direct bribery.  It is my estimate that among the Democratic members of the House not a single vote could be obtained to impeach all five conservatives. The least liked is Thomas, and if all the effort was focused on just removing him maybe 20 - 40 Democratic House members would be willing to start the impeachment process, but not because of his votes on cases before the court.

    I think it would be interesting to see if a single member of Congress would even be willing to propose, on the record, that Justices be removed on the basis of how they vote on cases.

    I think that it is obvious that no current GOP member of the House would ever vote to impeach a member of the conservative five on the basis of how they cast their votes on cases before the Court.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 08:07:44 AM PDT

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    •  I suppose the premise of the diary... (1+ / 0-)
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      is that the justices' opinions and votes are so egregious that if enough of us are willing to say so, a grassroots movement will sweep the nation and alter the political landscape. Or, in the alternative, that even if that outcome is unlikely, it is our last best hope for preventing permanent (or quasi-permanent) Republican dominance of the federal government, assured by the Court's lawless actions.

      I don't think any of that makes much sense. But I've tried to summarize it in sympathetic terms.

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      by HudsonValleyMark on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 08:14:11 AM PDT

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