This week in the Slacktiverse, February 15th, 2016

(posted by chris the cynic; written by members of The Slacktiverse)

The Blogaround

In Case You Missed This

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead in a hunting lodge he was staying at.  He died overnight, and thus his body was discovered when someone when to check on him after he didn’t come out for breakfast.

Given his position a lot of people were more concerned with the political implications than the fact that he’s dead now.  Notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to obstruct any attempt at filling the vacant seat on the Supreme Court for the next eleven months so that President Obama will not have a say in who fills the empty seat.

Given the polarized nature of the court, an even number of Supreme Court justices will likely mean a lot of 4-4 ties.  Because of the rules (a tie means nothing, the previous ruling stands and no precedent is set, it is as if the case never went to the Supreme Court) it seems likely that if McConnell carries out his threat the US will effectively be without a Supreme Court on all but the most obvious issues (where the conservative and liberal blocs agree) for about a year.

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–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

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