Henry Steele Commager

Choosing Supreme Court Judges
May 02, 1970

What should be the criteria for appointment to the Supreme Court? Judges of the United States Supreme Court are required—the word is dictated even mor

Choosing Supreme Court Judges
May 02, 1970

The Founding Fathers, who met in the summer of 1787 to draw up a Constitution for the United States, gave relatively little attention to the judiciary. Clearly they had only a hazy notion of the vital role the judiciary was to play in umpiring the federal system or in limiting the powers of government. Article III of the Constitution says nothing whatever about the qualifications of judges, or about the mechanics of choice. Indeed it says practically nothing about the mechanics of the judicial system itself.