Issues '08: The Supreme Court

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Security guards stand on the steps of the Supreme Court. (AP)
Security guards stand on the steps of the Supreme Court. (AP)

High on the list: the make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court. The next President of the United States might name three new justices to the high court. Depending who does the naming, that could transform assumptions about life and death in this country.

After four years, or eight — or maybe a President Palin — the path of a McCain court could look very different from an Obama court’s. On abortion. On habeas corpus. On presidential powers. Clean air and water. Food and drug safety. Church and state. This could be a different country.

This hour, On Point: Imagining what a “McCain court” or “Obama court” would mean for America.

You can join the conversation. Who do you want putting new judges on that bench? The highest bench? And why? Share your thoughts.Guests:

Jan Crawford Greenburg, legal affairs correspondent for ABC News and author of “Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court.”

Laurence Tribe, professor at Harvard Law School. His new book is "The Invisible Constitution." He has argued before the Supreme Court 35 times.

Richard Garnett, professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School. He contributes to the "Bench Memos" blog at National Review Online. He clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

This program aired on October 1, 2008.


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