Legal Affairs "Advice and Consent" Debate
This week at Legal Affairs, Erwin Chemerinsky and Brannon Denning debate this topic:
The Constitution gives the president the power to appoint justices to the Supreme Court, with "advice and consent" from the Senate. To some, this advice should be limited to a vote, but others say that it demands questioning everything from the nominee's judicial temperament to his politics and legal ideology.
A contentious confirmation battle looms about the nomination of John Roberts. How should the Senate provide its "advice and consent"?