Protest at the Supreme Court as the 2016-17 Term Begins With Eight Justices
Protest in front of the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court’s 2016-17 term officially opened on Monday. And the 2016-17 term opened as 2015-16 term had closed–with one seat still empty. Justice Scalia’s seat has been vacant since his passing in February, despite President Obama nominating Judge Merrick Garland to fill that seat in March. Senate Republicans have not even managed to hold a Judiciary Committee hearing on Garland’s nomination in the 202 days since the nomination. Right now, the Senate is out on recess until after the November elections–meaning that by the time the Senate is back in session, Judge Garland will have been waiting for a hearing nearly twice as long as any other Supreme Court nominee in history has had to wait for both a hearing and a full Senate vote.
NWLC staff stood in front of the Supreme Court to say “#WeNeedNine!”