“In Federalist Number 78, Alexander Hamilton declared that ‘the judiciary is beyond comparison the weakest of the three departments of power’ established by the Constitution. The school of thought was the justices must be guided by their interpretation of the language of the Constitution and the intent of its framers, and this was the case for nearly a century. Books can be (and have been) written about how far the courts have strayed from the ‘intent of the framers’ of the Constitution.
There have been a total of 112 justices in the Supreme Court SINCE THE COURT FIRST CONVENED IN FEBRUARY, 1790. Of those, 17 have been Chief Justices, and 95 have been Associate Justices. During each session, the high court will consider and rule on 60-75 oral arguments and 80-100 non-oral cases.
APPOINTMENTS ARE FOR LIFE. THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF YEARS A JUSTICE SERVES IS 16 YEARS. The longest serving Chief Justice was Chief Justice John Marshall who served for 34 years, 5 months and 11 days from 1801 to 1835. The shortest serving Chief Justice was John Rutledge who was appointed under a temporary commission because the Senate was in recess. He served for 5 months and 14 days before the Senate reconvened and rejected his nomination. The longest serving Justice was William O. Douglas who served for 36 years, 7 months, and 8 days from 1939 to 1975.
For all that Barack Obama has done to ‘change’ the United States of America, the vast majority of it can be undone down the road. SCOTUS , on the other hand, is the final authority on legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. Their decisions are based on how they ‘see’ the Constitution and their decisions can and do have an impact on this nation for years and years.
THE LIST BELOW OF THE CURRENT SCOTUS IS WHY BARACK OBAMA CANNOT BE ELECTED FOR A SECOND TERM.
JUSTICE APP’T BY YEAR BORN
Scalia, Antonin (C) Reagan 1936*
Thomas, Clarence (C) Bush, G.H.W. 1948
Kennedy, Anthony M. (S) Bush, G. H. W. 1936*
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader (L) Clinton 1933*
Breyer, Stephen G. (L) Clinton 1938*
Alito, Samuel A., Jr. (C) Bush, G. W. 1950
Sotomayor, Sonia (L) Obama 1954
Kagan, Elena (L) Obama 1960
Roberts, John G., Jr. (C) Bush, G. W. 1955 Current Chief Justice
C = Conservative
L = Liberal
S = Swing
A RE-ELECTED BARACK OBAMA WILL PROBABLY GET FOUR MORE APPOINTMENTS TO SCOTUS! THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED!!!
REMEMBER IN 2012 – IT’S THE JUDGES, STUPID!