February 24, 2016

LegalEyes for February 24, 2016

constitutional interpretation, Guantanamo Bay, judicial nominations, Justice Antonin Scalia, LegalEyes, Supreme Court


by Jim Thompson

On MSNBC, ACS Board Chair Cliff Sloan, who served in the U.S. Department of State as Special Envoy for Guantánamo closure, discusses the process of transferring detainees to foreign countries and domestic detention facilities.

At SCOTUSblog, President Barack Obama explains the qualities he seeks in a potential Supreme Court nominee.

Paul Campos at Salon rebuts claims that Justice Scalia was a brilliant jurist, writing, “Over and over during Scalia’s three decades on the Supreme Court, if one of his cherished interpretive principles got in the way of his political preferences, that principle got thrown overboard in a New York minute.”

In The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin remembers Justice Scalia as a stubbornly retrospective jurist “nostalgic for a world where outsiders knew their place and stayed there.”

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that the Republican-controlled chamber will refuse to consider any Supreme Court nominee submitted by President Obama, reports Richard Cowan at Reuters.