Antonin Scalia Pros And Cons

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Antonin Scalia was a very respected leader in his line of work. He was known as a conservative Republican who shared his transformative theories, writing, his unique personality and opinions. Scalia was known as an originalist and a believer in the living constitution. Scalia’s brilliant views made him the leader of the conservative intellectual renaissance in his three decades on the supreme court. Antonin Gregory Scalia was appointed to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, as the first Italian American to become a member of the supreme court. On Sunday, February 13, 2016, the Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, was announced dead; “He was having health issues...He died of natural causes.”i That day a core member of the …show more content…
With the majority of the Justice members being conservative nominees, the past presidential term was mainly dominated by conservatives. Now that Antonin Scalia is no longer in office, the even 4 by 4 split means that "many cases will revert back to the decision of the last court where they were heard –or in the Obama administration 's case, the federal rules or executive order issued".iii This issue has a large impact on the upcoming November, 2016 election, both presidential and Senatorial candidates will be affected. Democrats have the greatest opportunity to "retake the chamber" …show more content…
The qualifications to be nominated for the supreme court does not specify age, education, profession, or native-born citizenship. A justice does not have to be a lawyer or a law school graduate, but all justices must be trained in law. As stated in politico magazine, the person that President Obama Nominates must "be 'eminently qualified ' and will know that a judge 's job is to interpret, not make law".iv The President 's nominee met all these qualifications and beyond. Many Democrats believe that Merrick Garland is very qualified for the position; but GOP leaders refuse to "consider Garland, 63, saying their reservations were not personal but motivated by a desire for the American people to weigh in on Scalia 's replacement.”v Many Republicans say they will not consider the president 's nomination and they will not meet with the candidate no matter how qualified he is. Senate leader Mitch McConnell spoke to Justice nominee Merrick Garland over the phone "and told him not to bother stopping by".vi GOP leaders say their refusal to construct a hearing on the democratic presidential nominee is not personally motivated, but the American people should have a chance to weigh in on Scalia 's replacement. It is obvious that the decision is more of a political move based on the fact that "Obama 's choice could Tilt the ideological balance of

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