Eight Is Enough: Legal Expert Says We’re Better Off with 8 Supreme Court Justices Instead of a New Ninth Justice

Article ID: 668214

Released: 24-Jan-2017 3:05 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Georgia State University

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    Eric J. Segall, Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law

As President Trump mulls over possible candidates to fill the seat on the Supreme Court left vacant by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, a constitutional law scholar argues that it’s better for the justice system to keep the count at eight.

“A permanent, evenly-divided Court will work harder to reach narrower decisions in its hardest cases, and will be less able to impose its ideological agendas on the American people while at the same still have the tools necessary to maintain the supremacy and uniformity of federal law,” writes Eric J. Segall, the Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law at Georgia State University’s College of Law.

“To the extent the Justices do deadlock on a case, the issues will be resolved by court of appeals judges who are much more politically, educationally, and geographically diverse than the Justices,” he continued.

“Eight Justices are Enough: A Proposal to Improve the United States Supreme Court,” is available from SSRN at https://ssrn.com/abstract=2900555. To reach Segall, email him at esegall@gsu.edu or 404-413-9161. His mobile phone number is available in the contact box for reporters registered with and logged into the Newswise system.

For a biography of Segall, visit http://law.gsu.edu/profile/eric-j-segall/.

For assistance in downloading the paper, or for further assistance in finding faculty experts, contact Jeremy Craig, public relations coordinator, at jcraig@gsu.edu or 404-413-1374. You can also visit http://news.gsu.edu/experts.


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