The independence of the Judiciary — enshrined in the Constitution and essential to both the rule of law and democracy itself — has not been immune to attack. Acting through Congress, the federal government has on seven occasions changed the number of justices on the Supreme Court, chiefly for political gain. Such court-packing reflects badly on the American judicial system as a whole, since the perception of judicial independence or its absence permeates all levels of the courts.
To end the pernicious practice, a group
of 15 former state attorneys general — eight Democrats and seven
Republicans — got together in 2019 to found the Coalition to Preserve the Independence of the United States Supreme Court. They proposed a constitutional amendment to permanently ban court-packing — the one-sentence Keep Nine Amendment — which says: "The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine Justices."...........To Read More....