In what is being seen as an ominous warning to the Supreme Court of the United States, a brief was filed Monday by several Democratic senators where they warned the court to heal itself or face historic restructuring at the hands of their party.
The brief was sent by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and referenced recent rulings by the now conservative majority, saying that the court was broken and needed to be healed.
“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the brief said. “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’ Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.”
Some of the language in the poll was from a Quinnipiac University poll, which found that some 51 percent of those polled favored restructuring and 55 percent believed that the nation’s high court was “motivated by politics” more so than the actual law.
Earlier in the brief, the authors cited “faux” litigation that they believed was being brought before the court for the purpose of “policy victories.”
“For example, we have seen flocks of ‘freedom-based public interest law’ organizations that exist only to change public policy through litigation, and which often do not disclose their funders.
According to Fox News, Democratic presidential candidates, including former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, and Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, and Gillibrand, have all in some way shown support for expanding the court, should they win the presidency.
Additionally, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is also running for president in 2020, has also shown support for changing the nation’s high court, and proposed a plan that would ensure some justices were appointed by the president, and some chosen by their peers, which could expand the court from nine to 15.
Written by Savannah Pointer.