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Title: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: Orser67 on April 27, 2019, 05:27:50 pm
Who do you see potentially being appointed to the Supreme Court in the future?

Wikipedia maintains a list of Trump candidates (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_Supreme_Court_candidates). Not sure who would be the finalists for the next appointment. The finalists for the last appointment (Raymond Kethledge, Thomas Hardiman, and Amy Coney Barrett) could all be in the mix, but I could also see Trump turning to someone whom he'd previously appointed to an appellate court.

For Democrats, it obviously depends on who is president (and who controls the Senate), but Sri Srinivasan, Paul Watford, Jacqueline Nguyen, and Goodwin Liu all seem like likely contenders.


Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: Suburban New Jersey Conservative on April 27, 2019, 09:10:27 pm
If Biden wins, I think a GOP Senate would settle for someone like Garland replacing RBG, as she would retire, that alone would move the court right


If Trump wins again, I doubt he gets any vacancies, Dems probably get the Senate in 2022, then RBG can safely retire and Trump would probably nominate someone with a judicial philosphy similar to Anthony Kennedy, and Schumer would block him/her

I think Garland or a Republican moderate will replace RBG, when she retires, Trump is not getting Amg Coney Barrett confirmed to replace RBG, Collins, Murkowski, and Portman, would almost certainly sink that nomination

If Trump is president with a Dem Senate in 2022, amd RBG retires, he could probably get Garland confirmed, of he nominates  him


Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: RoboWop on April 27, 2019, 09:53:42 pm
Amy Coney Barrett should be the only candidate considered after the disaster that is/was Kavanaugh.


Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: Mondale on May 23, 2019, 04:25:54 pm
Assuming Trump loses in 2020 and nobody else leaves:

Goodwin Liu to replace Breyer
Leondra Kruger to replace RBG


Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: TML on May 23, 2019, 11:46:53 pm
I think Trump will only nominate from his predefined list.

Only after he leaves office will someone not on that list be nominated.

[On a side note, I think the next President should nominate Garland (if he's still available to be nominated) just as a means of restoring some trust to the nomination process, even if he ends up being voted down, in which case people can say that he was at least given the fair hearing he deserved.]


Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: brucejoel99 on May 24, 2019, 12:27:18 am
[On a side note, I think the next President should nominate Garland (if he's still available to be nominated) just as a means of restoring some trust to the nomination process, even if he ends up being voted down, in which case people can say that he was at least given the fair hearing he deserved.]

Nah, he'll be 68 in the next presidential term. I love me some Merrick Garland but that's a waste of a Supreme Court nomination.


Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: Ilhan Apologist on June 19, 2019, 03:06:35 pm
Amy Coney Barrett is the best option. However, the time to nominate her is now(assuming RBG steps down before the 2020 elections). The Republicans will lose senate seats in 2020 and will probably lose majority in 2022.

Not happening. Unless "steps down" is actually code for "dies."


Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: Socialist Mod Stands with ProudWhatsHisName on June 19, 2019, 05:51:24 pm
[On a side note, I think the next President should nominate Garland (if he's still available to be nominated) just as a means of restoring some trust to the nomination process, even if he ends up being voted down, in which case people can say that he was at least given the fair hearing he deserved.]

Nah, he'll be 68 in the next presidential term. I love me some Merrick Garland but that's a waste of a Supreme Court nomination.

Let's be honest, Obama picked Garland as the most "acceptable" (or so he hoped) candidate for the Republican-controled Senate to confirm in the last year of his Presidency. He would've picked someone younger and more liberal under diffrent circumstances.

So yes, renominating Garland just to "stick it" to the GOP yields little reward.


Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: TheRealRight on June 19, 2019, 11:38:35 pm
Amy Coney Barrett is the best option. However, the time to nominate her is now(assuming RBG steps down before the 2020 elections). The Republicans will lose senate seats in 2020 and will probably lose majority in 2022.

Not happening. Unless "steps down" is actually code for "dies."

She won't voluntarily step down unless there is a Democratic president. She is 87 years with many health problems. Is it possible that she can be removed if she is not able to do her job?


Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: Gravel/Feinstein 2020 on June 19, 2019, 11:45:50 pm
Amy Coney Barrett is the best option. However, the time to nominate her is now(assuming RBG steps down before the 2020 elections). The Republicans will lose senate seats in 2020 and will probably lose majority in 2022.

Not happening. Unless "steps down" is actually code for "dies."

She won't voluntarily step down unless there is a Democratic president. She is 87 years with many health problems. Is it possible that she can be removed if she is not able to do her job?
Who has the authority to do that?


Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: MarkD on June 19, 2019, 11:51:16 pm
Amy Coney Barrett is the best option. However, the time to nominate her is now(assuming RBG steps down before the 2020 elections). The Republicans will lose senate seats in 2020 and will probably lose majority in 2022.

Not happening. Unless "steps down" is actually code for "dies."

She won't voluntarily step down unless there is a Democratic president. She is 87 years with many health problems. Is it possible that she can be removed if she is not able to do her job?

The precedent for how to deal with a Justice who can't do the job any more was set in 1924, when Justice Joseph McKenna was showing obvious signs of dementia and his colleagues tried to persuade him to retire. It took a couple of months, but he finally gave in and handed in his resignation on Jan. 5, 1925. In the meantime, while the other Justices were aware there was a serious problem with his mental health, they concluded that whenever they are split equally, four to four, and McKenna would be the deciding vote on a case, they would postpone the decision on that case until after McKenna retired. So the point is that the other Justices know how to deal with the situation when a colleague is suffering from a mental health problem.


Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: rpryor03 on June 20, 2019, 12:04:44 am
If DJT wanted to go out of the box in an attempt to secure a seat for a long time (which he might if he gets a liberal retirement/death), Keith Blackwell is an interesting pick. Georgia Supreme Court Justice, so he's clearly qualified (although coming out of a different mold than we've seen in most recent SCOTUS picks, but clearly having historical precedence, as shown below). He's young (43), and already has seven years of experience on the Georgia Supreme Court, along with being (from what I understand) a reliable conservative vote. If he's got a liberal leaving the court and a GOP senate, then Blackwell is clearly the man.

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Title: Re: Future Supreme Court justices
Post by: Gass3268 on June 20, 2019, 06:59:49 am
Democrats shouldn't worry about future nominations because as long as McConnell is in charge of the Senate they won't get a chance to make a replacement. He'll wait 4-8 years.