Veto of the Supreme Court/A Bill of State Rights

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Summary

Two thirds of U.S. Senators or one half of the States may veto any ruling of the Supreme Court. Sixty percent of the States may impeach a Justice of the Supreme Court. <section end=Summary />

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Motivation

  • As the supreme court has demonstrated willingness to create policy decisions, yet they are unelected and unaccountable.
  • While the courts should remain largely independent from swings in popular opinion, neither should they be able to take upon themselves the power to steer society over decades as suits their own whims. The cooperation of half of all the states is a very high bar to meet, will require years of time to bring to pass.

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Full Amendment Text

Whereas the principle of the sovereignty of the People is not sustained by an unelected board of Supreme Judges, whose pronouncements are un-appealable; and whereas the intended independence of the Judicial branch of the National Government is undermined by the life-time appointment of judges by the executive Branch, the following amendment to the U.S. Constitution is proposed:

Section 1. Any ruling or finding of the Supreme Court may be reviewed by the Senators of the United States and, two thirds of Senators concurring, rendered null and void of force and precedent.

Section 2 By the vote of fifty percent of the State Legislatures, or their delegated judicial bodies, any ruling or finding of the Supreme Court may be rendered null and void in the States, and unenforceable against any citizen of the United States.

Section 3 By the vote of sixty percent of the State Legislatures, any justice of the Supreme Court may be impeached. <section end=Fulltext />

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Attribution



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