Supreme Sendoff: The nine justices end term with unanimity and uncertainty

Supreme Sendoff: The nine justices end term with unanimity and uncertainty

Supreme Court upholds Arizona voting laws 00:00 00:0003:07GO LIVE Facebook Twitter Email Embed SpeedNormal Autoplay The Supreme Court has wrapped up its tumultuous term with a surprising degree of consensus that masked underlying tensions over the extent to which its nine members should flex their political and judicial muscle. From a beloved justice’s death and a testy confirmation fight for her replacement , to fiery demands by the former president for the court to get involved in election outcome fights– all played out in a pandemic with virtual court hearings– the high court enters its summer recess with uncertainty over whether another bench vacancy is imminent. Progressive lawmakers and activists have demanded 82-year-old Justice Stephen Breyer step down and give President Biden a chance to ensure his replacement is confirmed by a Democrat-controlled Senate. But such ramrod rhetoric is chancy. "It would surprise me if Justice Breyer kow-tows to this public drumbeat for his resignation right now," said Thomas Dupree, a former senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush. "And if anything, the people so vocally calling for him to step down, might run a risk that it backfires, that it actually solidifies his desire to serve on the court, sending a message that I can’t be pressured out of this job." The Court’s oldest member may in fact be enjoying something of a renaissance with newfound power. With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing from cancer in September, the pragmatic and collegial Breyer inherited the unofficial title […]

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