pack the court

idiomatic phrase

Definition of pack the court

: to increase the number of justices on a court and especially the United States Supreme Court causing the ideological makeup of the Court to shift "… But if you want to increase the size of the court—pack the court, as it were—all you need is an act of Congress. …"— David Kaplan In the simplest terms, court packing is the mechanism of adding Supreme Court justices to a nine person Supreme Court. Packing the court is legal …— Adam Ramer The Supreme Court has had nine justices for more than 150 years, but the Constitution does not require nine. Congress sets that number. "Nine seems to be a good number. It's been that way for a long time," [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg told NPR in July 2019. "I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court."— Megan Henney Three new positions on the state Court of Appeals were created unlawfully by the Legislature and must be eliminated, a lawyer for a Republican state lawmaker told a judge Friday. Attorneys … argued … over what GOP legislators describe as a move by former Gov. Jim Hunt to pack the court with Democrats.— Gary D. Robertson President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously tried to pack the Supreme Court in 1937.— Collin Peterson and Denver Riggleman

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Pack the court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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