Nothing in the Constitution (Article 3) says there has to be 9 Justices. Let's hear it for "Marbury v. Madison" and "Fletcher v. Peck"!
Mark - March 12, 2009, 4:46 pm,
OK Hector, you won that argument. (Although I don't know who you were arguing with.) The Supremes have been held at 9 since 1869. FDR failed at his attempt to pack the court in 1937. But my favorite Supreme Court moment came in 1832 with...
Mark - March 12, 2009, 4:52 pm,
Worcester v Georgia and how President Andrew Jackson handled it. What a different country we might have had if Marshall had been able to back up his words with actions. I'm not saying Jackson was right, but he proved the Sword is mightier than the pen.
Toussaint - March 12, 2009, 8:44 pm,
TJefferson feared an omnipotent bench of judges who were not elected by the people, but were placed in their position over other elected judges by politicians. He wanted each judge to submit separate opinions on issues so the court's thoughts were known.
Mark - March 12, 2009, 8:57 pm,
Of course the Supremes were never quite as popular after 1970 when Chief Justice Diana Ross decided to go solo.
LogicDude - March 13, 2009, 9:32 am,
Didn't Jennifer Hudson play Thurgood Marshall in the movie remake?