Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Trump will announce new Supreme Court pick soon - but won’t talk abortion

Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy was appointed in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan Carlos Barria Reuters Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy was appointed in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan
Frank Williams | 01 July, 2018, 04:44

He said Kennedy's successor - who like all Supreme Court justices will be appointed for life - would be selected from among a list of 25 possible candidates, 20 identified during his presidential campaign, and five added since.

Trump's nominee, likely to give the conservatives a solid majority, will face a Senate confirmation process in which Republicans hold the slimmest majority but Democrats can't prevent a vote.

Still, the two older Democratic appointees, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, and Stephen Breyer, 79, do not appear to be going anywhere during a Trump administration if they can help it.

His retirement is a tremendous blow to the Left, especially after Senate Democrats' failure to filibuster the president's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Sen. If past practice is any indication, the president will name a nominee within weeks, setting in motion a process that could allow confirmation by the time the court reconvenes in early October. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., serve on the Senate's Judiciary Committee, the first line of vetting for a Trump nominee.

Without Kennedy, she said, the court would have overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case establishing a woman's right to abortion. He often sided with the liberal justices on social issues, such as the legalization of gay marriage in 2017 and a decision in 1992 that reaffirmed Roe v. Wade.

Interest groups across the political spectrum are expected to mobilize to support and fight the nomination because it is so likely to push the court to the right.

Republicans have a 51-seat majority now, giving them the ability to withstand Democratic opposition. John McCain, R-Ariz., is out undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that a vote to fill a Supreme Court vacancy would be a "top priority".

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THOMAS HARDIMAN of Pennsylvania, US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit: Hardiman was among those interviewed by Trump past year to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia's death.

There are only nine justices, who only get replaced if they retire or die, so who sits on it really matters.

Kavanaugh is a longtime Washington insider, having served as a law clerk to Kennedy and then as a key member of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's team that produced the report that served as the basis for President Bill Clinton's impeachment. In October, Kavanaugh dissented when his court ruled that a teenage migrant in federal custody should be able to obtain an abortion immediately.

"People are just months away from determining the senators who should vote to confirm or reject the president's nominee", Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "And they are going to need cases that they can use to reverse those awful decisions of the liberal majority in the past that have undermined the Constitution and really just abused our own personal rights".

However, he was considered the swing vote on the recent decision in the Masterpiece v. Colorado Civil Rights case that reversed a lower court ruling against a baker in Colorado who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.

In light of the Supreme Court's travel ban ruling, the USA judge overseeing the lawsuit, Edward Chen in San Francisco, issued an order Tuesday asking attorneys for both sides whether he should reconsider his decision allowing the racial animus claim to move forward. He had hired his allotment of four law clerks for the term that begins in October and he is planning to spend part of the summer as he typically does, teaching a law school class in Salzburg, Austria. In 2003, he was nominated by Bush to the appeals court, but it took a recess appointment and a two-year standoff before Republicans and Democrats finally crafted a deal that confirmed him to the position. If he had waited, and if Democrats had taken control of the Senate in November, Trump could have found it more hard to get his choice confirmed. "Departure of Justice Kennedy means a historic challenge is ahead".

Mark Janus argued he should not be responsible for any collective bargaining fees if he has opted out of the union - and the high court's majority, including Kennedy and the conservative justices, agreed.

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