Source says White House is close to a Supreme Court nominee

The New York Times reports that the White House may be close to picking a Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February.

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Justice Antonin Scalia, photo courtesy of BBC

A confidential source says that the FBI has been conducting background interviews on Judge Jane L. Kelly, a well-known public defender turned federal appellate judge. Just three years ago, the Senate quickly and unanimously confirmed Judge Kelly to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who recently said he had no intentions of considering any nominees or holding any hearings, may soon reconsider those claims if Judge Kelly is formally selected.

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