Trump’s SCOTUS just showed why court-packing necessary to save U.S. democracy

Trump’s SCOTUS just showed why court-packing necessary to save U.S. democracy

[Ed. – She’ll be squawking even louder when Republicans pack the court in the unlikely event such a hare-brained idea becomes law.]

As a pair of Supreme Court decisions from the Republican majority showed this week, they feel free to do exactly what they were appointed to do: Impose their far-right ideology on an unwilling public.

The most recent, unsigned opinion was part of the court’s “shadow docket,” which, as Salon’s Igor Derysh explains, is “where the justices hand down largely unsigned short opinions without going through standard hearings, deliberations, and transparency.” Typically reserved for uncontroversial or emergency petitions, Derysh reports that “the shadow docket has dramatically grown under the increasingly conservative Supreme Court, alarming legal experts.”

For a brief, shining moment early in Joe Biden’s presidency, there was a flurry of talk about the exciting possibility of resizing the Supreme Court in response to Donald Trump, despite losing the popular vote, still getting to appoint three justices — one into a seat illegally held open by then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. …

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