The Death Of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

1882 Words Apr 10th, 2016 8 Pages
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 Kennedy. Roberts, Thomas and Alito are conservative. Ginsberg, Kagan, Sotomayor, Breyer are liberal and Kennedy is the swing vote. Before the death of Mr. Scalia the Supreme Court’s median justice was the most conservative since the 1930s.
The Supreme Court will rule on many controversial issues this year, ranging from abortion, voting rights, affiriminative action and immigration. History has shown the lack of judicial consensus in many court decisions that have been decided by a five to four vote. Normally along ideological lines.
With the death of Scalia there are now four liberals to only three conservatives. The President and both political parties know that replacing Scalia’s seat with a more liberal justice, could give the Supreme…
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