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Venezuela’s Attack on Freedom Offers Cautionary Tale for Democrats’ Court-Packing Scheme

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04.04.2021

The experience of Venezuelans under the late President Hugo Chavez offers a cautionary tale to the United States about where packing the Supreme Court can lead.

Last fall, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden refused to answer whether he would support adding justices to the Supreme Court and now has established a commission to review the proposal and other issues concerning judicial reform.

One need look no further than Venezuela’s recent history for the devastating impact on liberty such a move could have.

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“In 2004, Chavez’s allies held a majority in Venezuela’s National Assembly (congress), passing a law that increased the number of judges on the Venezuelan Supreme Court from twenty (20) members to thirty-two (32),” First Liberty Institute recounted.

“Those seats were quickly filled with Chavez loyalists. But it wouldn’t be the last time those in power manipulated the Court for political gain.”

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After the court was packed, it never issued a ruling against the Chavez regime.

“This hyper-partisan fixing of the Court quickly devastated Venezuela’s constitutional structure. In 2017, the Supreme Court issued a shocking and dystopian ruling stripping the country’s national assembly of its powers, allowing the magistrates to assume legislative duties,” First Liberty explained.

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That move came after Venezuelans rejected the socialist party in the 2015 midterms, with opposition parties gaining a two-thirds supermajority in the National........

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