CNN political analyst and author Jeffrey Toobin told an audience at UNC Charlotte Tuesday night that the conservative leanings of the Supreme Court can pretty much be summed up this way: Five Republicans, four Democrats.
And the most important decisions justices make, Toobin said, are when they vote with their feet and leave the court allowing a sitting president to name their replacement.
Toobin, speaking at UNCCs Center City campus, praised the University of North Carolina system as the envy of the nation. He said the state legislatures sharp turn to the right this year is the biggest political story in the United States, but not for the best of reasons.
Overnight, he said, North Carolina turned into Mississippi.
Toobin appeared at UNCC for the Chancellors Speaker Series. He is author of the New York Times bestseller: The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.
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