1) An even number prevents decisions with a margin of one. Such close votes bring opprobrium on the court. Everyone feels robbed by a close call. It implies the question remains unsettled.
2) If the vote is tied, the lower court decision stands. The lower court most often obeys a prior decision of the higher court.
3) The number of people on appellate courts should markedly increase to legislature size. If these out of control judges will legislate from the bench, the larger number will bring the wisdom of the crowd, more diverse expertise, and greater legitimacy.
4) Exclude lawyers from all appellate benches. These are internal traitors to our nation. They serve only the interest of the criminal cult enterprise that is their profession.
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