Could Sandra Day O'Connor fill Antonin Scalia's Supreme Court vacancy?

Could Sandra Day O'Connor Fill Antonin Scalia's Supreme Court Vacancy?

It's been more than a decade since Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement from the Supreme Court, but there's talk the 85-year-old former justice could fill the void left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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An op-ed in The Baltimore Sun laid out the case for appointing O'Connor, including her age and political history:

"Republican leaders routinely tout President Reagan as an icon; a vote against confirming Justice O'Connor would be an admission that the patron saint of the modern Republican Party wasn't infallible."

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Could Sandra Day O'Connor fill Antonin Scalia's Supreme Court vacancy?

Sri Srinivasan, Federal appeals court judge

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District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

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Loretta Lynch, the current U.S. Attorney General. 

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Paul Watford, currently a U.S. circuit judge for the Ninth Circuit.

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Jacquline Nguyen, the first Vietnamese American woman named to the state court in California.

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The conservative-leaning O'Connor -- the first female Supreme Court justice -- was nominated to the court by Ronald Reagan in 1981. Though that doesn't mean she falls fully in line with modern Republicans.

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