The Torch: The Great Courses Podcast

Who Will, and Should, Pick the Next Supreme Court Justice?

March 16, 2016
20 min

With the recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the current state of the Supreme Court is surrounded by chaos, confusion, and conflict.

A divided government defines the current political environment, and increasing tension surrounding the upcoming election means this Supreme Court nomination is going to be a political battle royale.

As President Obama attempts to confirm his selection-Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit-and winds down his presidency, a campaign to block his nomination so the next elected president will make this selection instead continues. Both sides of this debate cite everything from relevant precedent to the U.S. Constitution.

Who will, and who should, pick the next Supreme Court Justice?

Join Ed Leon of the Great Courses along with Dr. Peter Irons, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Professor of The Great Courses’ History of the Supreme Court, as they examine the legalities and practices behind the Supreme Court nomination process and the potential ramifications of this vital decision.

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