Arthur Hellman Quoted on Influence of Supreme Court Issues on Presidential Race
The Supreme Court has been a frequent topic in the news lately between the questioning of the old age of three justices, followed by the death of Antonin Scalia. Because these issues are prominent so close to the upcoming election, they will have a notable influence on the presidential race. Questioned on the matter, federal courts scholar and Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman says, “I don't think it has ever been as important in a presidential election.” Hellman also commented on the numbers of Democrat and Republican appointees, noting, "The court has been closely balanced for years, but now, with one of the most conservative votes gone, everything is wide open.”
This is a historic moment according to Hellman, because if Obama successfully appoints his nominee, it will be the first time since 1969 that a majority of the justices will have been appointed by Democrats. The current debate on this subject is whether or not the Senate will let Obama's nominee get appointed or whether they will hold out for the next president.
Read more in the Pittsburgh Tribune article, available here.