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  •  Mandatory retirement age (1+ / 0-)
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    for all federal judges and justices at 65? 70? 75? 80?

    It would take an amendment to the Constitution which can be fast [voting age to 18] or slow [equal rights for women].

    WA Gov. Jay Inslee imposed a moratorium on the death penalty.“Equal justice under the law is the state’s primary responsibility."

    by mrobinson on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:24:52 AM PDT

    •  I'd go with 80. the oldest Justice in history (2+ / 0-)
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      JG in MD, Angie in WA State

      was Oliver Wendell Holmes, who was 90 when he retired in 1932. John Paul Stevens was 88 when he retired, and frankly 80 years is a good marker, a justice reaching 80 usually has been on the court for 30 years or more.

    •  Life spans are increasing, at least for 1%ers, (0+ / 0-)

      and its likely there will be better treatment/prevention of loss of faculties with aging. Setting a fixed upper ages based on present days aging patterns will only create problems down the road.

      A better approach would be term limits.

      American Presidents: 43 men, 0 women. Ready for Hillary

      by atana on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 09:19:33 AM PDT

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