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September 4, 2016

SCOTUSblog examining "The Court after Scalia"

As introduced in this post, the fine folks at SCOTUSblog are doing an online symposium looking at "The Court after Scalia." Here is part of how Amy Howe introduces the pieces that follow:

With Senate Republicans still refusing to act on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to succeed Scalia, it has become even more clear that the question of who will fill the vacancy hinges on the 2016 presidential election.  If Hillary Clinton is elected, the conventional wisdom goes, either Garland or someone else nominated by Clinton will replace Scalia, and the Court will generally move to the left.  But if instead Donald Trump is elected and nominates a candidate to succeed Scalia, the conventional wisdom posits, the balance on the Court will stay more or less the same.

The conventional wisdom may well be true for the Court as a whole.  But what does it mean for some of the high-profile issues — affirmative action, gun control, reproductive rights, and the death penalty, to name just a few — on which the Court has ruled or may rule in the years to come?  We are delighted to kick off today a symposium that seeks to answer that question.  Over the next few weeks, guest authors will explore the impact that a conservative or liberal nominee might have on some of these areas of the law.

And here are a few of the symposium posts on criminal law and other topics certainly worth checking out:

September 4, 2016 at 07:27 PM | Permalink


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