This is an old paper that I was reminded of during Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation process. It was composed in late-February of 2016, shortly following the death of former-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

On February 13, 2016, United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep at a Texas ranch, leaving behind a vacancy on the highest court in the land. This particular vacancy is more problematic than most as it has occurred during a highly contested and controversial presidential election cycle, begging the question of who should appoint Justice Scalia’s successor; President Obama, or the winner of the 2016 election?

Replacing Scalia

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