Supreme Court kicks off term without 9th justice, as Kavanaugh vote nears – Fox News | News Sponsored by

by TrumpShop.Net on Sep 30, 2018

A short-handed Supreme Court kicks off its new term Monday, albeit overshadowed by the drama over filling the seat of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. But the court’s upcoming decisions from its hot-button docket will likely have a far greater public impact than the politics of the moment. If the White House and Senate Republicans get their way, Judge Brett Kavanaugh – who is fighting sexual assault allegations in his bid to take Kennedy’s seat – would be the 114th member of the Supreme Court. His impact could be felt right away, and for decades to come. “He will assume a position of great importance, if not quite the same level as Justice Kennedy had” if he’s confirmed, said Thomas Dupree, a leading appellate attorney and former Bush Justice Department official. “A lot of times the judge you think you get doesn’t turn out to be the judge you actually do get. But in Judge Kavanaugh’s case I think we have a pretty good idea of where he’s going to come down on some of these issues.” That has many progressive groups worried a shaky conservative majority could solidify. EXPERTS WEIGH IN: WHAT IMPACT WILL EMPTY SUPREME COURT SEAT HAVE ON THIS YEAR’S UPCOMING SCOTUS TERM? “He will likely be the deciding votes on such issues as voting rights, reproductive choice and justice, the ability of everyday Americans to hold big business accountable,” said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center. “A majority on the Supreme Court with Justice Kavanaugh could vastly change the way American people live in this country.”  That’s if Kavanaugh is confirmed. His nomination advanced out of committee on Friday, but a new FBI supplemental background check reviewing the allegations against him — set to be completed by Friday — is underway. Regardless, Kavanaugh will not be on the bench when the court holds ora

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