Senator Arlen Specter criticizes Supreme Court for being too political

December 5, 2010
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Senator Arlen Specter criticizes the Supreme Court

Outgoing Senator Arlen Specter was recently interviewed by James O’Toole of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  In that interview, Senator Spector gave advice to all three branches of government.  It was his critique of the Judicial branch, however, that was most interesting.  Senator Spector was a former District Attorney himself, who later, as a Senator, had a leading role on the Judicial Committee. An important  task of this Committee is to consider the President’s nominations to the Supreme Court.  Also of note, Spector has served as both a Republican and a Democrat.  While still a Republican, Senator Specter was the Chair of the Judiciary Committee when both Justice Roberts and Alito were nominated to the Court by President George W. Bush.  When asked if he had any second thoughts on those votes (he voted to approve both of them), he said that he was reserving judgment.  He seemed most upset that when the two nominees where questioned by the committee, they very strongly suggested that they would not overrule prior decisions unless the circumstances were exceptional.  The legal term used to describe how judges respect the decisions of prior judges is called stare decisis. But now as Supreme Court Justices, Senator Spector feels that they did a “U-turn,” particularly in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. This controversial case opened the doors to corporations donating unlimited money to political candidates.  “I think it undercut the Democratic process,” he complained.  What do you think?  Should corporation be allowed to donate unlimited amounts of money to political candidates?  Do those large donations take power away from the individual voter? Is the Supreme Court too political?

Read the full article at http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10339/1108397-176.stm

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