Newt Gingrich on Restraining Judicial Power: In Line with the Constitution (Mostly)

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NEWT GINGRICH ON RESTRAINING JUDICIAL POWER: IN LINE WITH THE CONSTITUTION (MOSTLY)

By Stephen M. Krason

     Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich caused a stir during a media interview when he set forth his ideas about how the excessive exertion of judicial power should be checked. Among his claims were that a president could ignore unconstitutional U.S. Supreme Court decisions and that Congress could subpoena federal judges to make them justify questionable decisions and abolish lower federal courts. He was subsequently attacked for threatening judicial independence, and his comments were called “radical,” “frightening,” “irresponsible” and “outrageous” (these last two responses were from two former Republican U.S. attorneys general). (more…)