Chief Justice John Roberts has always had perfect timing. Shortly before he reached high school age, an elite boarding school was founded near his northern Indiana home. Even as a young boy he knew that it offered a place to obtain a superior education and "stay ahead of the crowd," as he wrote.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court Friday for the first time since she underwent surgery in December, a court spokeswoman said.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is expected to sit for a U.S. Supreme Court argument Tuesday for the first time since she underwent surgery in December to remove cancerous masses from one of her lungs.
Throughout Tuesday’s oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, Justice Anthony Kennedy and the Supreme Court’s left-leaning justices grilled Wisconsin’s attorneys with tough questions that suggest a majority of the court is prepared to impose constitutional limits on political redistricting. The highlight of the hour came when Justice Sonia Sotomayor posed a very simple inquiry that cut to the core of the case: “Could you tell me what the value is to democracy from political gerrymandering? How does that help our system of government?”
Thomas, who hadn't asked a question since Feb. 22, 2006, drew gasps from people at the Supreme Court when he questioned a lawyer during oral arguments Monday.
Today, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed that they will not only oppose any nominee Obama makes for the Supreme Court but will not even hold a hearing. If the Senators stick to this position, which would be unprecedented, it will leave Scalia’s seat vacant — and the Supreme Court with just eight Justices — for at least a year and possibly longer.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), a first-term senator facing a tough reelection fight in the blue state of Illinois, broke with his party leadership’s hardline opposition to any nominee President Obama chooses to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In a brief op-ed published by the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday, Kirk writes that he recognizes “the right of the president, be it Republican or Democrat, to place before the Senate a nominee for the Supreme Court and I fully expect and look forward to President Barack Obama advancing a nominee for the Senate to consider.”
As Republicans and Democrats gird for a showdown over when and with whom to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the political question is which party will benefit from the battle. If a new survey is any indication, Republicans could end up sacrificing seats in the Senate if they refuse to allow a vote on President Barack Obama's nominee until after the elections in November.
From the moment Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was reported last weekend, Senate Republicans made clear that replacing him would become one of the most contentious political battles in decades. Within minutes of the announcement, the rush to obstruct President Obama from choosing his replacement began. In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) attempt to frame confirming any Supreme Court nominee at all over the next year as a scheme by Democrats to “rob voters of chance to replace Scalia.”
A new CBS News poll out this morning finds that Donald Trump continues to dominate among Republican voters nationally: He’s backed by 35 percent; Ted Cruz has 18 percent; and Marco-Mentum has 12 percent. There was a great deal of excitement about yesterday’s NBC poll finding Trump had slipped behind Cruz, but that now looks like it may have been an outlier.
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says President Barack Obama should get to nominate a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, rebuking Republicans who have in recent days shown reticence toward voting — or even holding hearings — to approve a successor in an election year.
Republicans have settled on their explanation for why so many of their leaders immediately declared any nominee President Obama sends to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court dead on arrival. “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in a statement almost immediately after news of the justice’s death broke. “Therefore,” McConnell added, “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”
Concerted Republican opposition to considering President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court showed early signs of splintering on Wednesday as a handful of influential senators opened the door to a possible confirmation hearing. One Republican even suggested the president should nominate a candidate from his state. Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, did not rule out a committee hearing on Obama's forthcoming nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. And Sen. Dean Heller said chances of Senate approval were slim, but added that Obama should "use this opportunity to put the will of the people ahead of advancing a liberal agenda" on the high court.
On September 7, 1956, just two months before a Presidential election, Associate Justice Sherman Minton announced that, effective October 15th, after serving for seven years and three days, he was retiring from the Supreme Court because of poor health. Minton, who had been appointed by his friend Harry Truman, a Democratic President, then returned to his home in New Albany, Indiana. “He was more than our associate,” Earl Warren, the Chief Justice, said. “He was our companion.”
Thirty-three minutes after the San Antonio Express-News reported the death of Antonin Scalia, I emailed several conservative consultants involved in past Supreme Court fights: “Can Obama get a replacement confirmed?” The first reply came nine minutes later: “Absolutely not,” the GOP operative replied. “We won’t let them vote.”
The Republican head of the Senate panel that weighs Supreme Court nominations said on Tuesday he will wait until President Barack Obama names his pick to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death before deciding whether to hold confirmation hearings.
The death of Justice Antonin Scalia came at an inopportune moment for conservatives, all but guaranteeing that the liberal side will prevail on a number of hot-button cases before the Supreme Court right now. But some conservatives are fretting that the timing might be far more dangerous than that, allowing President Barack Obama to bypass the Republican-controlled Senate and make a recess appointment to fill Scalia's seat.
In June 1968, an election year, Chief Justice Earl Warren announced that he’d be retiring from the Supreme Court, and President Lyndon Johnson moved to elevate Associate Justice Abe Fortas, a longtime friend and ally, to the top spot. But a coalition of conservative Republicans and Southern Democrats blocked Fortas’ rise. He remained associate justice, and a new chief justice wasn’t appointed until President Richard Nixon took office the following year.
Among the significant implications of Scalia's death: For this term, 'Roe v. Wade' is safe
Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia has reportedly died of natural causes at a West Texas ranch, as reported by the San Antonio Express. Governor Greg Abbott released a statement calling Scalia a "man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law."