Battle over Supreme Court seat

Posted at 9:26 AM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 09:26:44-05

Flags are flying at half-staff in Michigan this morning in tribute to late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

His body arrived home in Virginia late Sunday night. Scalia was found dead at a West Texas ranch Saturday.

A county judge ruled the 79-year-old died of natural causes after consulting with his personal doctor and sheriff's investigators. No autopsy will be performed.

Governor Rick Snyder answered President Obama's call for all U.S. flags to be lowered until Scalia is buried. Snyder issued a statement saying Scalia strived to uphold the ideals of the constitution.

Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden death sets off a firestorm in Washington.

Republicans are claiming President Obama should not be allowed to name a successor to the high court. They think he should allow the next president to name a successor.

Scalia was a staunch conservative, and Republicans fear the high court will become more liberal if President Obama chooses his successor. A vacancy on the Supreme Court during an election year hasn't happened in decades.

But, even though Republicans are trying to make a case for why President Obama should not choose the next justice, the constitution clearly states, the President of the United States nominates justices with the consent of the Senate.

We're already hearing about possible candidates the President will choose to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.

Legal pundits think it could be Federal Appeals Court Judge 48-year-old Sri Srinivasan.

California's Attorney General Kamala Harris' name is also being tossed around by legal analysts, along with Asian-American Judge Jacqueline Nguyen.

Republicans say it doesn't matter who President Obama chooses, they won't confirm him or her.

Republican presidential candidates like Marco Rubio think the Supreme Court would be okay with just 8 justices until the November election.

But, the president who has over 300 days left in office, says he has plenty of time to pick his third nominee to the high court.

Last time, he took about a month to nominate Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to fill vacancies.

Democrats remind Republicans Ronald Reagan chose Justice Anthony Kennedy and he was confirmed by the Senate in February of 1988 in Reagan's last term.