Washington church to hold talk about Supreme Court at ‘hinge point of history’
That will change Aug. 7, when Greenhouse, who covered the U.S. Supreme Court for the New York Times for decades, and Cappuccio, Time Warner’s chief legal officer — and a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy — meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
There they’ll discuss the court for Conversations on the Green, a series of town hall style discussions that give ticket proceeds to local charities. The two hope the talk will help the public understand the world within the currently tumultuous eight-justice bench as we go into a presidential election that will prove to only complicate matters, they said.
“We’re at a sort of hinge point of history in respect to the Supreme Court,” said Greenhouse.
Over the past six months, Scalia, who Cappuccio said had a gravitational pull all his own, died; his replacement, Merrick Garland, has yet to have a hearing after four months of waiting; and weeks ago Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — breaking tradition — spoke out against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The coming years may also bring new vacancies through retirement or death. Justice Ginsburg is 83 years old; Justice Kennedy, 80.
Both Cappuccio and Greenhouse said there is change afoot for the court, but they have different outlooks on just how much change this election will bring.
Greenhouse said she thinks that this election will chart the course of the Supreme Court for years to come.
How to go:
Conversations on the Green: High Court Drama, Predicting the Future of SCOTUS
3 to 4:30 p.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 9 Parsonage Lane Washington, CT 06793
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Cappuccio said he thinks that no matter what happens in November, the court will likely function like it has in years past.
“It’s not like at the end of it you’ll end up with nine liberals or nine conservatives,” Cappuccio said. Although the nomination process is often a “raw political muscle” affair, the court itself is high-functioning and isn’t nearly as a polarized as the Democratic and Republican parties tend to say, he added.
While the public may think the court — and it’s future — is in a moment crisis, Cappuccio said the Justices aren’t that worried.
Whatever a new justice’s politics, any newbie will soon become part of the “family,” he said.
“There's a gap between how people perceive how the court functions and how it actually functions,” Cappuccio said.
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