Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Opposition Targets Kavanaugh For Frat Name Brett

Opposition Targets Kavanaugh For Frat Name Brett

Each comes from a state that went for Trump. They didn't care as much about picking Supreme Court justices as Republicans and Trump did. That's praise in Trump Country.

Kavanaugh's critics, even before President Donald Trump nominated him Monday, circulated a six-page opposition research memo tying him to Kozinski.

It is noteworthy that the nominee once served as a law clerk to Kennedy, who was a swing vote on the nine-member court on key issues, including abortion and gay rights. Franklin Roosevelt, with his unparalleled four terms as president, made nine. Senators quickly confirmed his nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Kavanaugh was back on Capitol Hill today meeting with Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who called the nominee "the type of judge that we need on the Supreme Court, one that's not going to be making policy and legislating from the bench". Kavanaugh was first confirmed to the appellate court in 2006.

Democrats, however, say it is risky to continue to count on the chief justice.

Congress, he wrote in The Minnesota Law Review, should pass a law that would temporarily protect the president from both civil suits and criminal prosecution. But after serving in the administration of President George W. Bush, Kavanaugh's opinion changed. We might not see many differences in voting coalitions, especially in the close cases, but those coalitions will likely have a much stronger conservative voice. Bill Clinton chose Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. Chief Justice Roberts agreed with the government's position (which, remember, the government did not initially bring in the Seven-Sky case) that the shared responsibility payment was a "tax" and not a "penalty"-and Congress has the authority to regulate federal tax". Democrats are in danger of losing at least one seat in 2020, when Alabama Republicans will try to undo the damage of the Moore fiasco.

In 2016, Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel to hold a hearing for then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, for almost a year, saying that Obama's successor make the choice. Trump could run into the same problem if Democrats re-take control of the Senate in November.

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"The press release's focus on the nominee's professionalism, pedigree, and service to Yale Law School obscures the true stakes of his nomination and raises a disturbing question", the letter's authors wrote.

Collins has backed all three conservative justices nominated by Republican presidents while she has been in office.

Supreme Court justices earn more than double the $115,520 per year judges typically earn in the US, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Kennedy announced his retirement at 81. The last justice to retire before him, John Paul Stevens, left the court at 90.

After all, in the 2016 presidential election, Trump signaled his intention to move the Supreme Court, in particular, and the federal judiciary, in general, even further to the right. Breyer, who turns 80 in August, was asked last week during an appearance in Colorado if he was contemplating retirement.

The opposite is true of Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was already talking as though a third Trump nominee is assured. In one especially revealing and controversial 2010 case, he and Judge Janice Rogers Brown concluded that, notwithstanding the Hamdi decision, the courts should ignore global law - even the possibility that a detention might violate such law - in construing Congress's authorization of the executive to hold the Guantanamo detainees.

"People kept talking about different names", Trump said of speculation about who might be next to leave the court.

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