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  • Obama's Choice: Inside the Fight to Replace Justice Scalia on Supreme Court

    02/15/2016 2:57:44 PM PST · by Innovative · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | Feb 15, 2016 | Jon Schuppe
    Under typical circumstances, this wouldn't be such a big deal. But Scalia, the court's most influential conservative, died in President Obama's final year in office, in the middle of the court's term, with the candidates to succeed him fighting through the early primary season. That makes this high court vacancy particularly complicated — and divisive. Almost immediately after Scalia's death became public, Obama announced his intention to nominate a successor himself. All but one of the the six Republican presidential candidates at Saturday's GOP debate in South Carolina said Obama should either not nominate a justice and leave the decision...
  • Sitting ducks on the bench

    11/17/2006 6:11:10 PM PST · by Thebaddog · 4 replies · 414+ views
    Star Telegram ^ | Thu, Nov. 16, 2006 | LINDA P. CAMPBELL
    As a Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O'Connor exasperated critics by balancing on a reed-thin beam without planting her feet firmly on either side. But in retirement, she doesn't equivocate in defense of judicial independence. She has crossed the country warning that "spurious" attacks on the judiciary -- by politicians and other talking heads -- threaten judges' doing their jobs without fear or favor. When federal appellate Judge Danny Boggs said at a Friday legal conference at Las Colinas that physical assaults aimed at judges have come mainly from "the deranged," O'Connor underscored the safety concerns. "Every member of the...