The Supreme Court of Virginia in Richmond, Va.

The Supreme Court of Virginia in Richmond, Va.

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has sparked both tributes to his public service and many questions — and tensions — about the implications for the Supreme Court’s docket. SCOTUS watchers need look no farther than Virginia’s high court for an idea of what prolonged legal wrangling over an appointment looks like. Since last summer, Justice Jane Roush’s status has been in limbo with the General Assembly. Critics observe that the delay has less to do with Justice Roush’s qualifications so much as the way she was appointed by Governor McAuliffe. We consider the implications of the situation and how Scalia’s death affects cases before the Supreme Court with ties to the Commonwealth.


  • Quentin Kidd Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Government, Christopher Newport University; Co-author of “The Rational Southerner: Black Mobilization, Republican Growth and the Partisan Transformation of the American South” (Oxford University Press)


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