Brett Kavanaugh, neutrality questioned, ascends to Supreme Court

    By: Nor Attisha on Oct 09, 2018

    Marcia Coyle writes, “The U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday, after an acrimonious fight over claims he committed sexual assault, lied about his drinking habits as a young adult and demonstrated unfit temperament in a partisan tirade directed at his opponents, marks a crowning achievement by conservatives to cement a solid 5-4 majority.

    Kavanaugh’s elevation to the high court will fuel fears that the staunchly conservative judge will erode the landmark rulings on abortion, affirmative action, gay rights and the death penalty that were written by his more moderate predecessor, Justice Anthony Kennedy. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., more conservative than Kennedy, now becomes the new center of the court.

    The 53-year-old Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2006, earned a narrow 50-48 victory on Saturday afternoon, the sharpest divide for a Supreme Court nominee in modern times. Protesters shouted as the vote was taken, interrupting it several times.

    Kavanaugh’s confirmation comes one week after the start of the new Supreme Court term and almost three months after his nomination. The justices’ docket is lined with technical disputes, but over the course of the next several months more cases—including some that could prove polarizing—will be added.”

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    Released: October 9, 2018, 10:17 am
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