Why We Should Fill The High Court Vacancy Now: Legal Scholar Andrew Grossman | WYPR

Why We Should Fill The High Court Vacancy Now: Legal Scholar Andrew Grossman

Sep 23, 2020

The flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose under the Portico at the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington on September 23, 2020.
Credit AP Photo by Susan Walsh

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away from cancer last Friday, is lying in repose at the Supreme Court at this hour.  On Friday, Justice Ginsburg will lie in state at the Capitol.  She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery next Tuesday, the day after Yom Kippur.

And on Saturday, President Trump will announce his nomination for her replacement on the court.  It does appear now that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has enough votes among Republicans to move that nomination forward, over the objections of Democrats who say that, in accordance with public opinion polls and given the proximity of the election, the choice should be made by whoever wins in November...

Yesterday, Tom spoke with Ronald Weich, the Dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law, who argued that the Senate should not move ahead with the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee to the High Court, as voters will be deciding the fate of the executive and legislative branches of government in just six weeks.

Andrew Grossman, an adjunct scholar at Cato Institute.
Credit Andrew Grossman

Andrew Grossman joins Tom today.  He’s an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute’s Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies.  He practices appellate law at Baker Hostetler's law offices in Washington.  He has argued several cases before the Supreme Court, and he has testified more than a dozen times before the Judiciary Committees of the House and Senate. Mr. Grossman co-wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal last Saturday defending swift Senate action to confirm a new High Court nominee.

He joins us on Zoom.