How Will the Presidential Election Affect the Supreme Court?

September 20, 2012
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Election Day could impact the future composition of the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court justices serve for life.  Such unrestricted appointments are intended to insulate the judiciary from public opinion or election cycles.  Nonetheless, the Court and its make up can be significantly affected by the results of this year’s Presidential election.  Before the caseload makes it more difficult for them to wander too far from Washington, D.C., the justices are speaking with college and law school audiences.  President Obama has already had the opportunity to appoint two Supreme Court justices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.  Over the next four years, it is likely that at least one more justice will retire.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 79 years old, followed closely by Justice Scalia, 76, Justice Kennedy, 76, and Justice Breyer, 74.  In general, justices prefer to step down during administrations which are likely to replace them with people of similar ideology.  Given that many controversial cases, including ones involving health care or abortion rights, have been decided 5-4, it is reasonable to conclude that a shift of one vote on the Court can result in significantly different outcomes affecting all Americans.  We will be following this fall’s case involving affirmative action, and recently, Justice Ginsburg stated that she expects a case over gay marriage to reach the Court within a year.  TeenJury stresses the importance of registering to vote, if you are 18 years of age.  Remember, Election Day is on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

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