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Appointments to the US Supreme Court should be for fixed 18-year terms
Life tenure is necessary to keep Justices detached from political or economic matters and keep their judgements unbiased.
For the same reason, the Constitution forbids Congress to diminish a federal judge's
Judges in the Indian Supreme Court, where no life tenure exists and judges have a
mandatory retirement age
, have been involved in massive
which have shaken the faith of the Indian public in their judgements.
Term limits would give industries and businesses the capacity to offer
to justices, creating the possibility of their judgements being influenced.
Even if there was no actual conflict of interest, post retirement positions held by Justices will create the
of wrongdoing, undermining the impartiality of the Judiciary.
Typically Supreme Court Justices have dedicated their life to the law and understand its importance. They will likely view their role on the Supreme Court as incredibly important, and will rule accordingly rather than with bias.
Life tenure makes it more likely for personal/medical issues such as
to impair a Justice's judgement.
No possibility of reappointment does the same, so long as their retirement salary is appropriate. It is the running for re-election/re-appointment that creates the conflict.