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Supreme Court Will Weather Fierce Nomination Battle, Scholars Say

A bruising partisan brawl over a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy could affect pending legal cases this year, but it is unlikely to tarnish the court’s image, no matter how the confirmation battle plays out, according to legal scholars. The Senate will be ground zero for a ferocious election year fracas over whether President Barack Obama gets to choose a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday. The Senate has been in a weeklong adjournment that ends Monday, but virtually...

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