The Supreme Court of the United States is the nation's highest judicial body. Its nine justices serve life terms and are appointed by the president of the United States with the concurrence of the U.S. Senate. The nomination and confirmation of new justices is always accompanied by political maneuvering and sometimes heated debates as the high court's rulings can fundamentally influence many aspects of American social, political and economic life. Brookings experts examine many of the political and procedural issues connected to the court.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - U.S. President Barack Obama announces Judge Merrick Garland (R) of the United States Court of Appeals as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington March 16, 2016.
Why Republicans may regret spurning the opportunity to confirm Judge Merrick Garland
March 17, 2016, Russell Wheeler
The president’s choice to fill the vacancy created by the February 13 death of Justice Antonin Scalia injects into the already-noxious replacement battle a highly respected, experienced judge who has won high bi-partisan praise in earlier years. In this post, Russell Wheeler argues the GOP may regret missing the opportunity to confirm Judge Merrick Garland.
Law and Justice
March 11, 2016, Russell Wheeler and Fred Dews
March 3, 2016, John Hudak and Molly E. Reynolds
February 22, 2016, Stuart N. Brotman
February 15, 2016, John Hudak
February 15, 2016, Richard Lempert
February 10, 2016, Philip A. Wallach
January 29, 2016, Norman Eisen and Curtlyn Kramer
January 22, 2016, Fred Dews
December 22, 2015, John Villasenor
December 2015, Henry J. Aaron
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