U of L professor says Trump's 2nd Supreme Court pick will carry special importance
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's President Donald Trump's second year in the oval office and the second time he'll be naming a Supreme Court nominee. According to University of Louisville law professor Justin walker, that's not uncommon.
“Obama chose two, the president before him, Bush, chose two, Clinton chose two, the first Bush chose two, and before that, Ronald Reagan chose three,” Walker said.
Last week, Justice Anthony Kennedy, known as the swing vote in a number of cases, announced he was retiring.
“Justice Kennedy used to say, 'I don't swing. It's the cases the swing,'” Walker said.
Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly recently met with Trump to talk about Supreme Court nominees.
“We need to have somebody pretty much in the mold of a Justice Kennedy, who is in the middle, not to either extreme,” Donnelly said.
Walker said that if it comes down to the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote, he thinks it could tear the country apart.
“I think this confirmation will be especially important, because there are a lot of areas of constitutional law where there is uncertainty right now," he said.
"And those areas include the Second Amendment, affirmative action, separation of church and state, and I think the next nominee, whoever he or she may be, is going to bring some clarity to those issues."
Another topic of discussion is Roe v. Wade, the ruling that made abortion legal in the U.S. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said we likely won't know where Trump's nominee stands on the issue.
“I can't imagine the president asking the nominee about Roe v. Wade or the nominee expressing a position of Roe vs. Wade privately or publicly,” McConnell said.
He said nominees have not taken a position on issues publicly that are likely to come before them on the court.
Trump is expected to announce his nominee next Monday. McConnell sets the agenda and hopes to have the new justice in place by October, which is when the Supreme Court term begins.
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