The next U.S. president may make as much of a mark on the U.S. Supreme Court as on the economic issues that are dominating the campaign.
Four of the court’s nine justices will be at least 74 years old on Inauguration Day in January the first time that will have occurred in 28 years. Their ages suggest that one or more may be off the bench within the next four years, letting either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney appoint a successor and leave a decades-long legal imprint.
A new justice would join a court now split almost evenly on questions involving race, religion, gun rights, campaign finance and federal power. Obama last week put new emphasis on the court as part of his bid to win over women voters, pointing to his appointment of two female justices during his term in