Justice Antonin Scalia unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, February 13.
Unfortunately, this death is not only disheartening, but it may cause
serious problems within the Supreme Court as
the court will be hearing cases regarding the Obama administration’s
executive actions on the following:
- Contraception coverage
- Union contributions
- Abortion restrictions
- Affirmative action
Now, the court is left with only eight justices. Many sources believe it
can take months for the court to fulfill Scalia’s place since the
process can take up to three months. Additionally, many predict a ninth
justice will not exist until 2017.
What Will Happen Next?
If Scalia did cast a vote in response to any of the previously mentioned
concerns, but the decision for the various topics were not yet announced,
his votes will be voided. If the remaining eight justices face a 4-4 vote,
the lower court’s ruling will stand. As of now, the president must
nominate a successor. From there, the Senate must give consent to confirm
the decision with the Supreme Court. The senate may reject any candidate
the president may select.
There is no telling what will happen next. However, it will interesting
to see how these various cases unfold when the remaining eight justices
perform the voting process.
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