The Supreme Court term limits or mandatory retirement age?
In Today's WSJ the problem...
Justice for Life?
The case for Supreme Court term limits.
BY STEVEN G. CALABRESI AND JAMES LINDGREN
Sunday, April 10, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT
It has been almost 11 years since the last vacancy opened up on the Supreme Court. The current group of justices has served together for longer than any other group of nine justices in American history. What is more, the average tenure of justices has gotten a lot longer in the last 35 years. From 1789 until 1970, justices served an average of 14.9 years. Those who have stepped down since 1970, however, have served an average of 25.6 years. This means justices are now staying more than 10 years longer on average on the Supreme Court than they have done over the whole of American history.
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What's the solution term limits or mandatory retirement age?