The History of “Stolen” Supreme Court Seats

Law professor Charles Gardner Geyh is able to give historical perspective to the current contentious debate about the Supreme Court and America's judicial system, while providing insight to the future.

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Many members of congress, as well as ordinary citizens, are reeling from the bitter debate provoked by the latest Supreme Court appointment. But this is not the first time the US has faced a contentious decision, and likely will not be the last, according to Carnegie Fellow Charles Gardner Geyh.

"There is this tendency to view history through rose-colored glasses from time to time, and to suggest we’ve never been this political. In reality, we have always had a highly politicized selection process.”

The History of “Stolen” Supreme Court Seats