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Justice at Stake: Bill Is Fresh Attempt at “Politically-Motivated Court Packing”

March 31, 2016

  Justice at Stake: Bill Is Fresh Attempt at “Politically-Motivated Court Packing”

 
 
Contact: Laurie Kinney, lkinney@justiceatstake.org, (202) 588-9454; cell (571) 882-3615

 WASHINGTON, DC, March 31  – Justice at Stake Board Chair Mark Harrison, of  Phoenix, issued the following statement as the Arizona Senate weighed HB 2537 to expand Arizona’s Supreme Court from five to seven members: 

“Arizonans have repeatedly stood against partisan political tampering with our courts, so we’re disappointed to see this fresh attempt by legislators bent on politically-motivated court packing in the state.  And the political motive is clear, because our own Chief Justice has stated that neither he nor other current members of the Court believe the Court needs more justices to handle its current caseload. This notion to expand our Supreme Court has been raised and rejected before, and deserves to fall by the wayside again. ” 

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