The Death Of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

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The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia set off shockwaves throughout a polarized Washington D.C. Senate Republicans wasted little time stating that any nominee from President Obama would not even get a hearing. Claiming that the people of the United States should have a voice in this process. Or in other words “We are stalling and hoping that we win the White House in November”. While it is only one seat, that one seat could drastically change the course of American history. The Supreme Court consists of a Chief Justice and eight associate justices. The Chief Justice is John G. Roberts and the associate justices are Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer and Anthony…show more content…
This is what many Republican Senators believed President Obama would do. Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah stated “this appointment is about the election. So I’m pretty sure he’ll name someone the [liberal Democratic base] wants” However, to the shock of many Obama did quite the opposite. On March 16, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to take Associate Justice Scalia’s seat. The Chicago native graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and worked as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice. He played the lead role in the investigation and prosecution of the Oklahoma City bombers. Mr. Garland is not as conservative as former Associate Justice Scalia, he is more of a moderate. Also Mr. Scalia was well known for his argumentative style. This was illustrated quite clearly in his frequent and angry dissents of his colleague’s majority opinion. Conversely Mr. Garland works to unite and mold opinions to be unanimous. In his nineteen years on the United States Court of Appeals, he has only penned sixteen dissents. A former law clerk for Mr. Garland stated “From an early point in his tenure in the D.C. Circuit, Judge Garland has demonstrated an uncommon ability to identify common ground among his fellow judges, that he manages to do so without in any way sacrificing his core judicial principles is truly remarkable” Another name on the short list was Sri Srinivasan, who many believed Mr. Obama was
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