WASHINGTON (Gray DC) – President Donald Trump announced via Twitter his plans to nominate a Supreme Court justice on February 2nd.
The vacancy, left open by the sudden death of Antonin Scalia, has remained unfilled for nearly one year. Former President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland shortly after Scalia’s passing, but Garland was never given senate confirmation hearings.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump released a list of 21 possible choices for the court. Supreme Court expert Amy Howe says Trump has narrowed his list down to three potential nominees: Judge William Pryor, Judge Neil Grouch and Judge Thomas Hardiman. Of course, Trump could pick a nominee that was not on his original list. All three men are solidly conservative judges from outside of Washington.
Judge William Pryor was the Deputy Attorney General in Alabama under then Attorney General Jeff Sessions. When Sessions left for the United States Senate, Pryor took over, making him one of the youngest attorneys general in history. Pryor has drawn fire from the left for many of his comments over the years. Most notably, Pryor called the Roe v. Wade decision an “abomination.” He also penned an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging the bench to uphold the decision in Lawrence v. Texas outlawing gay sodomy. Recently, however, Pryor did uphold a decision in an employment case in favor of a transgendered woman.