iamspen wrote:trpmb6 wrote:Yet for some reason we seem set on 9. Trump could go on a spree and add 5 more justices if he wanted. Nothing really to stop him.
That's a statute instituted by Congress. FDR tried to have the statute amended to allow for a bench of up to 15 justices, but Congress refused. So no, Trump can't just add a bunch of justices because there is, in face, a rule established by law limiting the SCOTUS bench to 9.
Indeed. Not sure why it was in my head that it was not limited at all. Must have been some nonesense i read on facebook. I'm striking out today on my history.
At any rate it *could* be done, but would need a 60 vote threshold in the senate which won't happen. Though turkey neck could change the rules I suppose.