weekly blog--one for the ages
Our Founding Fathers could have hardly envisioned Supreme Court justices staying on well into their 80s, or waiting to retire during a presidential term so a successor could be chosen to carry on their legacy. Back in their day, life tenure simply meant guaranteeing federal judges lifetime appointments to insulate them from politics. How things have changed!
Supreme Court justices by the numbers:
Compared with 47 appointments in the last 100 years, one recent analysis estimated that only 25 justices will be chosen during the next 100 years. The bottom line: age, health and the Supreme Court have become intertwined with each nomination becoming more crucial, and the political battles more heated. Adding to the mix…an incentive for the president to choose younger nominees who can spend decades influencing Court decisions.
Of note…Most US states have term or age limits for its judges--generally between 70 and 75. Vermont’s age limit is 90.