In the wake of the nasty Hunstein v. Wiggins debacle, it appears that certain members of the Georgia General Assembly are looking at ways to rebound from the sting of defeat. Wiggins, a conservative, was handily beaten and apparently revenge could come in the form of “sweeping changes” to the Georgia Supreme Court.
At the behest of Republican leaders, the Southeastern Legal Foundation has begun examining ways to transform the court, including adding as many as two justices to the seven-judge bench and returning the elections to partisan contests, according to the group.
It isn’t clear how much support either approach has, though the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said he doesn’t see partisan elections returning.
Shannon Goessling, the executive director of the foundation, confirmed that the conservative group had been asked by “legislative leadership” and some national organizations to look into ways of revamping the court. She wouldn’t offer specifics about who had requested the look.
This is a really BAD idea for ALL of the obvious reasons. The last thing Republicans in the legislature should do is act like FDR by trying to stack a supreme court. Granted, more justices WOULD lighten the overwhelming caseload. But adding two seats for obvious political gain looks childish and highly improper.
Not to mention, this is incredibly shortsighted. Pragmatically, this could very easily come back to bite conservatives in the butt in the future. It also opens the door to adding judges whenever a party decides they want to stack the judiciary.
As far as partisanship, we saw this year that it certainly exists in the contested races, so I guess I have no qualms with making it official.