letters | too soon to step down from supreme court?

Must political bias be so key to selecting justices?

Regarding the June 17 op-ed piece “Why Justice Ginsburg should retire”: Kent Greenfield’s argument rests on the premise that the most important criterion is to preserve a liberal vote on the Supreme Court. This presupposes, of course, that a justice’s qualification to serve is based primarily on political bias rather than legal acumen, relevant experience, or (dare we hope) wisdom.

A deliberately politicized Supreme Court will surely lose credibility. Shouldn’t the court be a place in which justice and fairness are assumed to prevail, without the taint of predisposed political viewpoints? And should we not aspire to select our justices accordingly?

Scott Simpson


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