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Justice Antonin Scalia Appointed By Ronald Reagan

March 20, 2012 by staff 

Justice Antonin Scalia Appointed By Ronald Reagan, Speculation abounded over potential nominations to the Supreme Court of the United States by Ronald Reagan even before his presidency officially began, due to the advanced ages of several justices, and Reagan’s own highlighting of Supreme Court nominations as a campaign issue. Reagan had promised “to appoint only those opposed to abortion and the ‘judicial activism’ of the Warren and Burger Courts”.

Conversely, some opposed to Reagan argued that he could “appoint as many as five Justices” and would “use the opportunity to stack the Court against women, minorities and social justice”.

After deciding to elevate Rehnquist to Chief Justice, Reagan considered both Robert Bork and Antonin Scalia to fill the vacant seat left by Rehnquist’s elevation, but ultimately chose the younger and more charismatic Scalia. Scalia was approved by the Senate by a vote of 98-0 on September 17, 1986. Senators Jake Garn (R-UT) and Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) did not vote.

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