Outside the Box: Trump’s attacks on independent judges cloud Supreme Court pick

The signers of the Declaration of Independence included a long list of grievances they had against England’s King George III. Several of their objections had to do with the role of the courts and the judicial system, including their charge that the king had “made Judges dependent on his will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.”

In other words, the American revolutionaries wanted independent judges, a point Alexander Hamilton later emphasized in the Federalist Papers: “the complete independence of the courts of justice is peculiarly essential in a limited Constitution [meaning one that sets limits on legislative authority].

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