US Supreme Court Posts

Justice Roberts Denies Partisanship

Roberts, Leader of the Supreme Court’s Conservative Majority, Fights Perception That It Is Partisan: (“In his first 13 years on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s main challenge was trying to assemble five votes to move the court to the right, though there were only four reliably conservative justices. * * * Now he faces a very different problem. With the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and his replacement by Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, the chief justice has the votes he needs on issues like abortion, racial discrimination, religion and voting. At the same time, he has taken Justice Kennedy’s place as the swing vote at the court’s ideological center, making him the most powerful chief justice in 80 years.”)

Divided Senate Confirms Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

Senate Confirms Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination: (“The Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court’s 114th justice on Saturday by one of the narrowest margins in the institution’s history, as police stood guard and protesters’ shouts of ‘shame, shame’ echoed through the Senate chamber. * * * The 50-to-48 vote capped off a brutal confirmation fight that underscored how deeply polarized the nation has become under President Trump, who has now successfully placed two justices on the nation’s highest court, cementing a conservative majority.”)

Brett Kavanaugh: A Few Articles

Who Is Brett Kavanaugh?  A Supreme Court Reading Guide: (“President Trump proposed a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy. Here, the best reporting to date on the Supreme Court nominee.”)

DC Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh Is SCOTUS Nominee

Brett Kavanaugh Is Trump’s Pick for Supreme Court: (“President Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court’s rightward tilt for a generation. * * * Presenting Judge Kavanaugh at the White House, Mr. Trump described him as ‘one of the finest and sharpest legal minds in our time,’ and declared him a jurist who would set aside his political views and apply the Constitution ‘as written.'”)

Justice Kennedy to Retire; Trump to Announce List of Five Replacements

Trump Says He Has Narrowed List of Possible Supreme Court Picks to Five: (“President Donald Trump said on Friday that he planned to interview one or two candidates this weekend at his Bedminster, N.J., resort to fill Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat, and plans to announce his final pick on July 9. * * * “I’ve got it narrowed to about five,” he said, including two women. * * * The president also said he wouldn’t specifically ask candidates about Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling making abortion legal. However, a potential nominee’s approach to the issue has been a factor in creating Mr. Trump’s list of 25 conservative candidates.”)

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