Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Prof. Andrew O'Geen on Trump's Latest SCOTUS Nominee

Prof. Andrew O'Geen on Trump's Latest SCOTUS Nominee

Trump announced Monday that he would nominate Kavanaugh, a US appeals court judge, to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the court's session in October. Do they think if they blocked Kavanaugh, Trump would name a moderate?

Political scientists have developed several reliable measures of judicial ideology that place the justices on a single left-to-right scale.

Dacus adds that Kavanaugh is further to the right than Chief Justice John Roberts - and for that reason he's convinced that Roberts will become the swing vote on 5-4 rulings. His financial disclosures reveal that his assets are worth between $15,000 to $65,000, placing him at the lowest amongst Supreme Court Justices in terms of net worth - or about 10 times less than Justice Clarence Thomas, who now holds the title. Trump ended up picking a former clerk of Kennedy's. "We have one justice and dozens of judges appointed due to their proven hostility to civil rights". There were also pledges of open minds by key senators whose votes will most likely determine the outcome. But we have too much evidence of justices' preferences shifting over time (see Justices Blackmun and Stevens for recent examples) to make reliable inferences 20 or 30 years out.

Trump on Monday nominated Kavanaugh, 53, as his pick to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, saying the federal judge has "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law". "But we were operating under a law that said this is what the independent counsel's job is, so that's what we did", Leipold said. Speaking to reporters, she said, "The healthcare issues are very important to me". Since its inception in the early 1980s, the Federalist Society has grown in size and influence.

"As I read the relevant Supreme Court precedents, the D.C. ban on semi-automatic rifles and the D.C. gun registration requirement are unconstitutional and may not be enforced", Judge Kavanaugh wrote.

What is relatively new this year is the influence that the Federalist Society had (through Leonard Leo) in the construction of the list of potential nominees that the president made public during the campaign.

As a federal judge, he noted how he can hire three clerks a year, and that majority have been women.

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"This, of course, is another peculiarity of the Trump presidency: blockbuster news has a way of popping out of nowhere and dominating the conversation in ways that no one expected". But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain.

I do. That's not to say it won't be hard.

But when the Supreme Court had the shot to decide the issue in 2015, it declined.

The second scenario is like the first, except with one or two Republicans opposing Kavanaugh, thereby putting Democratic senators in Republican states in the hot seat.

A "thorough" review of Kavanaugh's paper trail is exactly what anxious Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, about Kavanaugh, given the appeals court judge has decades of political and legal opinions in which senators on the fence could probably find something not to like.

"Because of Donald Trump's openly Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist views and policies targeting minority and immigrant communities, it is incumbent upon the Senate to question Mr Kavanaugh about his opinions on the protection of civil rights, religious freedom and the rights of immigrants", he said.

The conservative action group Judicial Crisis Network immediately launched a website called featuring an advertisement for the nominee who "applies the Constitution just as it was written".

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