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Who Will, and Should, Pick the Next Supreme Court Justice (And Why it Matters)?

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Who Will, and Should, Pick the Next Supreme Court Justice (And Why it Matters)?

Episode 44
March, 2016
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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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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Dr. Peter Irons, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, as he reviews the Supreme Court nomination process for previous justices, discusses the precedent of the Senate blocking decisions, and looks at the political landscape in relation to both the current nomination and the implications of the upcoming elections at all levels.
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