There is no denying that the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia has upset the Supreme Court. Does Justice Scalia’s death have further implications? Here, Timothy Singhel, an attorney with numerous years of experience and a federal court clerkship background, discusses some of the many ways that Justice Scalia’s passing may alter the process and outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election.
Q: Who is Antonin Scalia?
Timothy Singhel: Justice Antonin Scalia, who died unexpectedly on a hunting trip in February 2016, was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He has been a leader of the conservative Justices on the Court. He is known for championing a limited role for federal governmental authority and an original intent view of the Constitution. Somel of the legal issues that have led to controversial decisions are again before the Court this term, such as abortion and privacy rights, affirmative action, labor relations, and voting rights.
Q: When was the last time a Supreme Court opening coincided with the conclusion of a Democratic presidency?
Timothy Singhel: It was 1968, under President Lyndon B. Johnson, when Chief Justice Earl Warren retired.