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Should SCOTUS judges only serve 18 years?




The Justices of the US Supreme Court sit for their official photograph on October 8, 2010 at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
The Justices of the US Supreme Court sit for their official photograph on October 8, 2010 at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
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A recent initiative is calling on the next nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to pledge to serve a single term of just 18 years.

The group, which calls itself Come to Terms, is a project of the Supreme Court watchdog Fix the Court and it cites the court’s increased partisan decision-making and timing of retirements from the bench; longer than expected tenures that render some justices out of touch with everyday Americans; and lack of professional diversity and real-world experience as significant reasons for change. Do you agree?

Guests:

Gabe Roth, Executive Director of Fix the Court, an organization that wants to make the Supreme Court more transparent through a series of reforms

Russell Wheeler, Visiting Fellow, Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is an expert on U.S. courts and selection of judges