It’s been almost a year since the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and since then the High Court has ruled on several cases with only eight justices, leading to a number of 4-4 ties and ultimately little to no resolution to the cases at hand.
Now that President Trump has officially taken office, he’s made one of his first priorities filling the vacant spot on the bench. Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he’d announce his nominee next week. A list of finalists has been making its rounds on the Internet and via the media and three main contenders have emerged: Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado, Judge William Pryor of Alabama, and Judge Thomas Hardimann of Pennsylvania.
We’ll dive into the backgrounds of these contenders and others on the shortlist, plus talk about what each might bring to the bench if appointed and confirmed.
Margaret Russell, professor of law at Santa Clara University