Supreme Court Will Likely Move Further Left if Obama Becomes President

October 10, 2008 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

supreme-court-seal.JPGThe head of a Washington-based group that promotes constitutionalist
judicial nominees says a win by Democratic presidential nominee Barack
Obama in November would increase the chances of seeing a different
lineup on the Supreme Court at this time next year.

Observers of the federal judiciary generally agree that the Supreme
Court justices most likely to retire next are David Souter, Ruth Bader
Ginsburg, and John Paul Stevens — three of the court’s four
consistently liberal justices. At 69, Souter is the youngest of the
three; Ginsberg is 75 and Stevens is 88.
Curt Levey, executive director of the Committee for Justice,
says if John McCain becomes president, those three justices may prolong
their retirement until 2012; but if Obama wins the White House, Levey
believes they may jump at the chance to step down from the bench.
“The Court is more likely to be different this time next year if Obama
is elected president; and of course when I say ‘different,’ it’s going
to be different in a leftward-leaning way – maybe only slightly if he
winds up replacing those three liberals,” Levey contends. “But if he’s
president for eight years and replaces [Antonin] Scalia or [Anthony]
Kennedy, who are already in their seventies, then we’re going to see a
dramatic shift to the left on the Supreme Court, and the law will move
far to the left in this country.”
According to Levey, the future of the Supreme Court for the next 30
years is literally at stake in the upcoming presidential election.

youngest members of the Supreme Court are Chief Justice John Roberts
(53) and Samuel Alito (58), who were appointed by President George W.
Bush; and Clarence Thomas (60), who was appointed by George H.W. Bush.

Source: OneNewsNow


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