Who Will Fill the Robes?

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Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday at the age of 79. No one knows who will take his place. A battle brews between the Republican and Democratic parties, who are both fighting for different outcomes.

It is President Obama’s every intention to nominate the next justice. However, Senate Republicans argue that 11 months is not enough time to appoint a new judge.

Scalia was an outspoken conservative, and the Republican Senate also sees a problem with Obama appointing another Democrat (he has already appointed two — Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan): it could shift the political balance on the Supreme Court, which would cause catastrophic consequences.

Therefore, the Republican Senate believes the best solution for the country is to wait for the next president in November to make a decision.

The Democratic Senate argues that the seat cannot remain unfilled for a year. That has never happened in history.

White house officials have declined to give further guidance on the timing of the nomination.

 

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Author: alexisyortiz

Hello! I am a 22-year-old Boston University alumna from Sacramento, CA. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in journalism in 2017. I plan on attending law school in the future, but I want to find a way to also incorporate journalism in my career. I have seen the side of law through working at a law office for more than four years and participating in mock trial competitions. After one of the competitions, I received a top attorney award for my city’s region. Now I am ready to experience the side of journalism. I am ready to devote my skills and work ethic to it. I am ready to be the eyes, ears, and voice of the people. ~ singer/songwriter, Tough Mudder competitor, runner~

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