Here’s the news you need to know on this Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
Mere days after his confirmation vote, Kavanaugh hears first oral arguments
Today marks Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s first day on the Supreme Court. Like Gorsuch before him, the position comes with a few extra assignments for the newest member on the court.
The court is scheduled to hear two hours of arguments in cases involving long sentences for repeat offenders. On Wednesday, the only other day of arguments this week, the court will hear another two hours of arguments. One of the two cases the court is hearing Wednesday involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh’s vote could be key.
Justice Kavanaugh reaffirms that he will always be a team player
“The Supreme Court is an institution of law. It is not a partisan or political institution,” Justice Kavanaugh said during his swearing-in ceremony at the White House. “The justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle. We do not caucus in separate rooms. The Supreme Court is a team of nine, and I will always be a team player on the team of nine.”
Unlike his political opponents, Justice Kavanaugh will be impartial
Kavanaugh will be an impartial, rather than a political, justice. He believes that the law, not his personal views or priorities, should decide the cases that come before him. Justice Kavanaugh is committed to the defined, modest role for the judiciary that America’s founders made part of their design for our system of government.
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