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What To Watch For With New SCOTUS Nominee, According To An Idaho Law Professor

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, meets with Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., not shown, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 at the Capitol in Washington.


Hearings to consider President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are set to begin October 12. The move, which comes just a few weeks before the November 3 general election, is raising controversy. 

NPR reports that “Democrats have lambasted Trump and Republicans for moving forward with the nomination so close to the election, especially when the Republican-led Senate in 2016 refused to hold hearings for then-President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, nearly eight months before that year's election.”


Joining Idaho Matters live today to talk in more detail about Supreme Court nominee hearings and appointments is University of Idaho Law professor Shaakirrah Sanders. 


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Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.