We need to make the case for adding four justices to the Supreme Court. Along with correcting the moral injustice of literally stealing two seats, and the fact that (after Coney Barrett’s confirmation) FIVE of the members of the court will have been appointed by presidents who took office without getting the most votes, TWO of them are credibly accused of sexual misconduct and lying about it under oath (one of them fits both categories), it is simply long, long overdue.
From 1789 to 1869 — 80 years — the number of judges changed five times. In the years from 1869 to present — 151 years — the number has not changed at all, even though the U.S. population has more than octupled from 38,500,000 in the 1870 census, to 330,000,000 today, over that same 151-year period.
Original: 1789 — SIX
1807 — 7
1837 — 9
1863 — 10
1866 — 7 (to block Andrew Johnson from making appointments)
1869 — 9
April 12, 2017