Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death leaves a hole in the majority conservative court. However, pundits have already stated that President Barack Obama has a snowball’s chance in hell of replacing him.
Scalia’s death may have a decisive effect on the Friedrichs vs. CTA case. The plaintiffs in the case argued that teachers should not be required to pay union dues, even as they enjoy the benefits negotiated by the union. Observers predicted that Justice Scalia would be the swing vote. In the past, he had written an opinion against “free riders,” workers who collect benefits without paying for them. On the other, he might have voted in favor of weakening the unions. No one could predict which way he might go.