This Constitution Monday finds our nation at a crossroads since the unexpected death of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The Democrats, led by Barack Obama, want to replace him with a liberal, and Republicans want to replace him with another conservative like him. Conservatives are attempting to preserve the Constitution in order to protect the freedoms of all Americans.
According to Josh Siegel, the news editor for The Daily Signal, some prior cases could receive another look if Justice Scalia is replaced by a liberal justice; those cases involve issues “such as race, religion, voting rights, campaign finance, and the Second Amendment.”
“While it is normal practice for the Supreme Court to rule again on law it already settled, legal experts say the outcome of such an effort if a liberal justice replaced Scalia would be especially dramatic. Indeed, a move from Scalia, a staunch conservative, to a liberal would be the largest ideological shift in the court since 1991, when Thurgood Marshall retired and was replaced by Justice Clarence Thomas.”
Cases that could come up for retrial could include: (1) District of Columbia v. Heller (Second Amendment), (2) Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (political spending), (3) Shelby County v. Holder (voting rights), (4) Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (companies forced to provide contraception), (5) Town of Greece v. Galloway (public prayer), and (6) Glossip v. Gross (lethal-injection in executions).