Stephen Breyer warns Democrats to think "long and hard" about packing court

by Jordyn Pair · Apr 8th, 2021 3:21 pm

Last Updated Apr 10th, 2021 at 12:48 am

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer warned Democrats to think "long and hard" about packing the Supreme Court.

During a speech to students and faculty at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, Breyer said that he encourages "to make those whose initial instincts may favor important structural (or other similar institutional) changes, such as forms of 'court-packing,' think long and hard before embodying those changes in law."

Breyer also pushed back on the idea that he and his colleagues make rulings based on a political agenda.

"Structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that perception, further eroding that trust," Breyer said.


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