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How Trump's SCOTUS nominee will change the Court

10 July 2018

As an appeals court judge, Kethledge authored several notable opinions, including one that upheld the death penalty against a suspect who murdered a woman on federal land and a case in OH that questioned whether private citizens can sue the state for failing to enforce pollution controls. "I am pleased to say that I have found without doubt such a person".

Kethledge, 51, has served on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2008 after also being appointed by Bush.

With customary fanfare, Trump unveiled his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on prime-time TV.

President Trump will announce his latest nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court tonight. Trump touted Kavanaugh as "a brilliant jurist" with "impeccable credentials" before inviting Kavanaugh to the podium, where the judge said he was "deeply honored" to be Trump's choice. "Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers".

Kavanaugh also offered a nod to the Supreme Court justice he's expected to replace, saying "the framers established that the Constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty".

Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon before returning to Washington from a weekend at his private golf club in New Jersey, where he deliberated his decision amid furious lobbying and frenzied speculation.

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The candidates on Trump's shortlist are Brett Kavanaugh, a former adviser to George W. Bush, Raymond Kethledge, a strict interpreter of the US Constitution, Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic and social conservative, and Thomas Hardiman, a staunch gun rights advocate.

One Democrat up for re-election, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Monday he would oppose any nominee from Trump's list of 25 possible candidates, drafted by conservative groups. It will feature cable and digital advertising in states including Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia. Both support a woman's right to have an abortion and will be looking for assurances that the nominee would not overturn the Roe v Wade decision establishing abortion rights. "I don't think ease of confirmability is something that people should care much about". She's very smart. She knows what she's talking about.

That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen. She speaks on "Bloomberg Surveillance". Kavanaugh said, "My judicial philosophy is straightforward". "I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic".

"I'm open to voting yes". "Our nation is at a pivotal moment, and CWA ladies will be in the center of the action, protecting our future children and grandchildren with grace and dignity". Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer on Monday said Trump's nominee should be obligated to make his or her views clear on matters like the Roe ruling.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, called Kavanaugh out for his stance on net neutrality in a tweet on July 3.

How Trump's SCOTUS nominee will change the Court