The latest official photo of the Supreme Court’s current nine justices has been released, showing all three of Donald Trump’s picks for the first time.
More than five months after Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court released its official portrait showing the nine justices.
Seated in the front are Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor.
Standing behind them are Brett Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett.
Below is the official portrait:
Beyond that, the Supreme Court has been very busy lately.
The Supreme Court ruled in an 8-1 decision that a Georgia college’s speech code policy violated the First Amendment and that a student who was harmed by the policy can seek damages.
Chief Justice John Roberts was the only dissenter in the ruling favoring a couple of Christian students who challenged the university for restricting when, where, and how they could speak about their faith and disseminate materials on campus.
The U.S. Supreme Court also recently delivered a heavy blow to a major left-wing environmental group.
In the 7-2 ruling, the justices sided with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, thwarting the Sierra Club’s bid to obtain documents concerning a regulation finalized in 2014 relating to power plants.
Earlier this year, the Court ordered lower courts in New Jersey and Colorado to rehear cases about coronavirus restrictions for religious gatherings after the high court’s recent decision not to allow New York to impose similar restrictions.
To the surprise of many, the Supreme Court refused to take up a case earlier this year from several Republicans challenging changes to election rules in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.
The case was brought by a former Republican congressional candidate, Jim Bognet, and four individual voters who argued the state high court exceeded its authority when it ordered the expansion of ballot deadlines amidst the pandemic.
All of this comes as Democrats are actively trying to pack the Court.
Democratic officials are reportedly preparing legislation to pack the Supreme Court with four new justices.
Ironically enough, that is the exact number required to reset the current Republican majority on the bench, which currently stands at 6-3.
So if Democrats can add 4 more Justices, they would hypothetically have a 7-6 majority on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The legislation aims to bring the total number of justices on the Court to 13.
Biden recently issued an executive order forming a commission that will perform a 180-day study of potential changes to the Supreme Court, including court-packing and setting term limits for justices.
“The Commission’s purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals,” the White House said in a statement.
“The topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices,” the White House added.
Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer cautioned late last month that court-packing for political gain could undermine public trust in the court and its decisions.
The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also expressed her concerns about packing the court before her death.
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