William Brennan

Opinion

Opinion: Must A Court Vacancy Become a Political Nightmare?

History often repeats itself. Before treating the present Supreme Court vacancy as an unprecedented circumstance, consider that actually we’ve faced a similar circumstance before. The year was 1956 and Dwight D. Eisenhower was heading into a re-election race when an unexpected opening on the Court occurred. Justice Sherman Minton — a judicial moderate conservative —

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