Scalia’s death sparks fierce debate

Washington, D.C. (NBC News) — The war of words over Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s possible replacement continued Monday.

He was a reliable conservative vote on a court that was delicately divided for years, and is in the middle of one of the most substantial sessions in its history.

Republicans say they are opposed to any possible nomination put forward by President Obama, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declaring that he won’t consider a nomination until the next president takes office.

McConnell’s declaration has outraged Democrats.

“This country has not gone with a year-long vacancy on the Supreme Court since the Civil War,” notes Senator Patrick Leahy.

Democrats are outraged by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s declaration he won’t consider a nomination until the next president takes office and legal scholars point out that Republican nominees have been in the majority for the past 44 years.

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