The Los Angeles Times has published my column on reforming the Supreme Court. If President Trump truly wants to leave a legacy on the Court, he should focus not on changing the membership but changing the institutional itself.
President Trump nominated Neil M. Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice Tuesday, and Senate Democrats are already lined up to oppose the nomination. Despite the super-heated political rhetoric, the nomination of another conservative jurist to replace Justice Antonin Scalia won’t move the court’s center of gravity. If Trump wants to have a lasting effect on the law, he should be working with the Republican Congress to make changes in — not on — the Supreme Court.
As an institution, the nation’s highest court is anachronistic, dysfunctional and long-overdue for an overhaul. Real change could be accomplished with just three basic reforms.
Those reforms would expand the size of the court, introduce cameras into the courtroom, and adopt a system of judicial ethics for its members.
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