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  • Paper: President has constitutional power to appoint, not just nominate, successor to Scalia

    Photo of Robin Kar, a University of Illinois law professor

    In all 104 prior cases in which a president faced a Supreme Court vacancy and began the appointment process before a presidential election, a justice was confirmed, says a paper co-written by University of Illinois law professors Robin Kar, left, and Jason Mazzone.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Robin B. Kar, call 217-333-4461; email

    To contact Jason Mazzone, call 217-300-0385; email

    The paper “Why President Obama Has the Constitutional Power to Appoint – and Not Just Nominate – a Replacement for Justice Scalia” is available online