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Benjamin V. CohenArchitect of the New Deal$
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William Lasser

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088793

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088793.001.0001

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The Court-Packing Plan

The Court-Packing Plan

(p.150) 9 The Court-Packing Plan
Benjamin V. Cohen

William Lasser

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Franklin Roosevelt's so-called court-packing plan. The majority of the justices were opposed to the New Deal. To deal with the Court's intransigence, Attorney General Cummings devised a plan to enlarge the Court, adding a sufficient number of justices to ensure decisions favorable to the New Deal. The plan provided inducements for the justices to retire at the age of seventy, and allowed the president to make one additional appointment for every justice above the age of seventy who did not retire.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, Benjamin V. Cohen, Roosevelt administration, New Deal, justices

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