Thu 29 Oct, 2015 08:12 am
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has argued against "judicial tyranny", claiming that the U.S. Supreme Court has overstepped its bounds.
The U.S. Constitution seems pretty clear:
Article VI states: "This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof...shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding."
Article III states: "The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court...The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution...the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact..."
As for judicial abuse of power, Article III states: "The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behaviour..."
As for remedies in cases where their behavior is not good, Section 4 of Article II states: "The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
Insofar as justices of the U.S.Supreme Court are civil officers of the United States, they can be impeached by Congress.