Will there be a new Justice soon?
February 13th was a sad day for the Supreme Court. Antonin Scalia, one of the nine Justices, passed away. For nearly 30 years, he was a strong voice in the court. One of his most famous decisions was from the 2000 presidential election of Bush vs. Gore where his decision basically declared Bush the winner. Whether you agree with his decisions or not, he dedicated his life to the law and to his country.Now, who will ll Scalia’s seat? No one knows just yet and it may be a long time before we find out. Why? Choosing a Supreme Court Justice is a very important decision. After all, this person serves the court for life! Also, the president can’t just choose someone he likes; he has to choose someone he thinks the majority of the 100 senators of Congress will like since they have to approve his selection. What are some of the things that you would consider before picking a person to be on the Supreme Court?
Update April 2016:
- President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court but some Senators refuse to meet with him and hold a confirmation hearing.