Gov. Doug Ducey reprises gimmicky “court packing”

Back in 1937 —  when most of us were but a gleam in our dad’s or granddad’s eye — Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt, just coming off a reelection victory, announced his audacious plan to expand the nine-member U.S. Supreme Court. He touted his scheme as making the court more efficient. Critics, including his  own Vice President and many congressional Democrats who joined with Republicans, charged that Roosevelt was trying to “pack” the court with liberal like-thinkers and  neutralize the impact of Supreme Court justices hostile to his far left “New Deal” — which he feared the court would disassemble.

Here Franklin Roosevelt in one of his radio addresses known as Fireside Chats, makes his case for increasing the number of Supreme Court justices with what he blandly referred to as the “Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937.” It became more widely known as “Roosevelt’s court packing plan.”

Fortunately, Roosevelt’s efforts to persuade failed.

Arizona Gov, Doug Ducey faces no such hostility. Yet he has just enlarged the 5-member Arizona Supreme Court by two members. The move gave him the ability to appoint the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, which he can point to in future campaign ads. We take no issue with the appointees Andrew Gould, a former superior court and court of appeals judge, or Solicitor General  John Lopez, who lacks any judicial experience — but the process that placed the two Republicans on the high court is suspect.  The new justices are Ducey’s second and third appointments to the Supreme Court. In January he appointed Libertarian leaning, registered Independent Clint Bolick. According to a news account, the unnecessary expansion will “cost an additional $1 million dollars each year, and came despite objections from Chief Justice Scott Bales, who wrote Ducey to veto the legislation.”  The bill HB 2537, signed by Ducey was the brainchild of East Valley state Rep. J.D. Mesnard, an educator.

The State Courts building, dedicated in 1991, was built to eventually accommodate two additional justices, but there is currently no pressing need.

Ducey used the same argument that Roosevelt used saying the expanded bench would allow the court to take on more cases and ensure swift justice. In fact the Supreme Court, known as the court of last resort, is very selective in the cases it chooses to take and most of the research is done by law clerks. It hears all death penalty appeals.

In contrast, the Courts of Appeals — Arizona has two — review all civil and criminal cases properly appealed from Superior Courts.

Whether court packing is done by Democrats or Republicans, it remains equally suspect.

11 Responses to Gov. Doug Ducey reprises gimmicky “court packing”

  1. East Valley Conservative says:

    Obviously this move was purely political. What happened to the separation of powers and three distinctive branches of government? This looks like inbreeding of the legislative, executive and judicial.

  2. azgary says:

    Too bad McDucey loves illegals and the bribes they bring so much, else he could enforce laws and cut funding here too…..

    why do so many azgop’ers want the state to turn blue via foreigners, kalifornia part deux?

    Video: Texas Governor Greg Abbott To Sign Law Banning Sanctuary Cities…

    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 28 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he wants to ban cities from sheltering illegal immigrants in his state.

    “I’m going to sign a law that bans sanctuary cities,” the Republican tweeted Sunday. “Also I’ve already issued an order cutting funding to sanctuary cities.”

  3. Realist says:

    Texans are fortunate to have Gov. Greg Abbott, who was previously the state‘s Attorney General.

    Doug Ducey, whose first job when he came to Arizona to attend ASU was working for heiress Cindy Hensley McCain’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship, Hensley & Company. Ducey has remained close to the McCain’s and John McCain has mentored him right into the governor’s office. That fact alone makes him untrustworthy. The court expansion doesn’t pass the smell test. We’d be screaming to high heavens if the Democrats were the ones pulling this sham. Kudos to SRAZ for exposing this for what it is regardless of who’s in charge.

  4. azgary says:

    Bacon and eggs or a fresh muffin is MUCH better anyway…..

    this is how to VOTE EVERYDAY with our wallets!

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  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    Arizona doesn’t seem to have a deep bench when it comes to political talent. Sort of like the current day NFL where they award multi-million dollar contracts to guys who have a checkered (or worse) history and then fail to punish them when they continue their bad behavior.

    Meanwhile, here is more information on the “quiet boy” who went on the rampage at OSU this week. Yeah, once again, the parents had no idea. . . . . they stick to the playbook.

    They lived in squalor. In a townhouse community, a neighbor reports that the muslim family lived in filth with as many as 8 or 9 occupants.

    This is the same thing that happens in the inner cities. People given free housing have no incentive to keep it nice.

    Take a look:

    A white, middle-aged male professor who was injured in the planned attack refuses to place any blame on the terrorist.

    Now, in Germany, the government has hired a man known as
    “Mr. Flirt” to teach young male muslims “refugees” how to use
    come-on lines to attract European females. One such line being taught is “your cologne smells so good, what is the name of it?”
    (I am not kidding.)

    • Kent says:

      Muslims are a growing demographic both in the U.S. and throughout Europe. Their birthrates outpace those of the countries to which they move. As an example of the problems, once homogeneous Sweden is now Europe’s rape capital with the perpetrators overwhelmingly Muslim. They commit their criminal acts in broad daylight against Swedish women and girls. Few desire to assimilate to the countries they migrate to. The refugee resettlement program is a disaster.

      • azgary says:

        Grahamnesty 2.0! Lindsey Graham Is Prepping A ‘Dreamers’ Bill

        It’s not even December, and one Senate Republican is already undermining Donald Trump’s plans in regards to the country’s broken immigration system.

        Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told Politico Wednesday that he is working with Senate Democrats to propose legislation guaranteeing young illegal immigrants the protections outlined in President Obama’s wide-ranging executive actions on immigration.

        The South Carolina Republican added that Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick “Durbin will be involved in any effort to save the Dreamers.”

  6. Saguaro Sam says:

    How Obama demoralized and marginalized the men and women of the US Customs and Border Patrol.

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