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Panel Discusses Judiciary, Judges and Judicial Independence: Video


This panel discussion at Georgetown Law School highlights the importance of an independent judicial branch. The U.S. constitution legislated a judicial branch that was free from influence by the executive branch and the legislative branch of government. However, the panel outlines three historical examples where judicial independence was under attack.

In 1804, the legislative branch attempted to impeach a sitting Supreme Court Justice. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to create a Supreme Court that was tilted in his favor by "court packing," or increasing the number of Supreme Court justices. In an unusual case, the Supreme Court alowed the "Radical Republicans" in the U.S. Congress to draft new legislation before it ruled on a habeas corpus case. Thus, judicial independence has been threatened through the legislative branch, the executive branch, and even the judicial branch itself.

Source: Judiciary NOW, Judicial News: Panel Discusses Judiciary, Judges, Fed Flix, Public.Resource.Org (accessed February 15, 2009).

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Judiciary NOW, "Panel Discusses Judiciary, Judges and Judicial Independence: Video," in Virginia Civics, Item #192, (accessed October 20, 2021).
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