Justice Scalia's Replacement Faces The Political Gauntlet07:15
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The U.S. Supreme Court is seen on February 14, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on Saturday at the age of 79. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
The U.S. Supreme Court is seen on February 14, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on Saturday at the age of 79. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Obama says he will not wait to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday. But with congressional Republicans threatening to block anyone the president nominates until after the election, the confirmation process is sure to get ugly.

Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Linda Greene, professor of law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1986 to 1989, and provided legal advice in the committee's consideration of five Supreme Court nominees.

Correction: In the audio above, our guest misstated the year of the presidential election with the highest voter turnout. Voter turnout was 62.8 percent in 1960, not 1961.

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  • Linda Greene, law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

This segment aired on February 16, 2016.

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