Column: Arizona Court Expansion Bid a ‘Power Grab’

A bill to expand the Arizona Supreme Court from five to seven justices is a transparent, political “power grab,” Tim Steller writes in The Arizona Daily Star.

“It’s a court-packing arrangement for political influence,” former state Chief Justice Charles “Bud” Jones, a Republican, told Steller.

“It’s an obvious political attempt by the governor to increase his political power by expanding the court and getting two additional appointments,” said former Chief Justice Stanley Feldman, a Democrat. “This is an attempt to expand the court when the court doesn’t need an expansion.”

Gov. Doug Ducey, who will make the appointments with assistance from a screening commission if the legislation is passed, is a Republican.

Justice at Stake has criticized the legislation as a flagrant court-packing attempt (see Gavel Grab).