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On Wednesday, President Obama wrote about his duty to appoint a Supreme Court judge on the SCOTUSblog. Commentary from NBC. Further analysis on the next SCOTUS nomination from The Washington Post and Think Progress. A Republican-saturated senate refused to hold any hearings on potential nominees put forth by Obama. The Washington Post reported on a potential nomination of Republican Brian Sandoval of Nevada to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
The Court heard oral arguments for consolidated energy regulation cases Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing and CPV Maryland, LLC v. Talen Energy Marketing as well as Taylor v United States (regarding the Hobbs Act) and Utah v. Strieff (regarding the scope of the exclusionary rule).
Further reflections pour in the wake of Scalia’s death. In the New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin criticized Scalia’s nostalgic worldview. In the Los Angeles Times, Court reporter David Savage wrote of the “complex legacy of a legal thinker who inspired and shaped a generation of conservatives, even though his landmark rulings were few.” In The Washington Post, Amanda Hollis-Brusky predicted that Scalia’s originalism will live on in the hearts and minds of young conservatives (and in Justice Thomas’ jurisprduence). In contrast, Joseph Thai commented on ACSblog that “originalism’s moment seems over.”
An article on The Atlantic considers how the work of the Supreme Court keeps aging justices’ minds sharp.