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There have been a few justices in the past that have "gone off their rockers" in the last few years of their careers, but from what I understand, unless they retire, they couldn't be replaced. But what if the Justice was in, say, a coma, and was therefore physically unable to work and unable to retire - is there anything that can be done to choose their successor, or would the only options be to wait for them to wake from the coma or pass away?

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Federal judges and the Supreme Court justices hold their office during "good behavior". You could argue that being in a coma (or some other issue) is not "good behavior" and initiate impeachment and removal proceedings. This is untested though and may be considered a nuclear option.

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