By Joseph Bilas.
With the sun setting over the White Deer Run Golf Club, MSNBC contributor Jill Wine-Banks addressed a packed house on Presidents’ Day in Vernon Hills.
During her remarks at the Lake Dems fundraiser, former Watergate prosecutor Wine-Banks compared the speed of the Watergate investigation to the speed of the many Trump investigations, and how slow the investigations of former President Trump have moved in comparison. She noted the factors influencing this slowdown—including the now-common reaction many officials have to subpoenas: pretend they don’t exist. Wine-Banks also discussed Georgia’s investigation of Trump, and the potential paths prosecutors may take as they seek indictment.
After addressing the countless Trump investigations, Wine-Banks covered the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as well as steps both Biden and Congress can take for the ERA to be officially recognized as the 28th Amendment.
Asked about the U.S. Supreme Court, Wine-Banks made a compelling argument for expanding the number of justices to 13. She noted that most of the Supreme Court’s cases are appeals of decisions from federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and that when Congress set the number of Supreme Court Justices at nine, there were nine such Appellate Courts. Since 1869, the nine Circuit Courts have grown to 13. It would be logical that the Supreme Court’s increased caseload flowing from 13 courts instead of nine would warrant increasing the number of Justices from nine to 13, she explained.
After taking questions from an enthusiastic audience, the former prosecutor signed books and posed for photos.
The event was a reminder of how far we’ve come in the fight to obtain equality for all, and the fight to maintain a fair justice system—for everyone.