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Date Posted:13:12:24 02/16/16 Tue Author: Leland Gaunt Subject: Actually for a period of time, the Supremes worked well with seven court justices...
The history of the United States Supreme Court..
Excerpted paragraph as indicated.. Up to the year of 1869, the United States Supreme Court operated with seven jurists as indicated.. This factor, after the Great American Civil War..
Why are there 9 Supremes?
There don't have to be—the Constitution doesn't specify—and there weren't always. The Federal Judiciary Act called for a chief justice and five associate justices. And the Court didn't settle into the current lineup of eight associates and a chief until the late 1860s.
A sixth associate was added in 1807, a seventh and eighth in 1837, and a ninth in 1863. Congress sought to restructure the Court during the contentious administration of Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln's controversial successor. A law passed in 1866 called for a decrease in the number of associate justices from nine to six through the process of attrition. Seven associates still remained on the bench in 1869, when a law was passed to increase the number back to eight. By that time President Ulysses S. Grant had taken office.
And just suppose, if the United States Supreme Court would be reduced to seven members as of this very date and time, a decrepit and very old, Ruth Badder Gingsberg would be a likely candidate to resign and find that place in the sun... Via a needed retirement..