court packing

Dictionary.com Alters Definition of Court Packing to Seem Positive

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Dictionary.com altered its definition of court packing over the course of the U.S. presidential election, attempting to brand the practice in a more positive light.

The definition of the court packing – which many suspect a Biden-Harris administration could participate in due to their refusal to answer questions on the balance of the Supreme Court – was limited to its historical relevance on November 1st, 2020.

The pre-election definition read:

(noun) an unsuccessful attempt by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937 to appoint up to six additional justices to the Supreme Court, which had invalidated a number of his New Deal laws.
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Just one month later, however, the online platform added a second definition to the term, euphemizing court packing as “more favorable to particular goals or ideologies”:

(noun) the practice of changing the number or composition of judges on a court, making it more favorable to particular goals or ideologies, and typically involving an increase in the number of seats on the court:

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Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is an Investigative Reporter at the National Pulse and contributor to The National Pulse podcast.