Lines outside court for Kavanaugh's first day

10 October, 2018, 14:44 | Author: Cynthia Curry
  • U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh and family participate in his ceremonial public swearing-in in Washington

DONALD TRUMP apologised to newly sworn-in supreme court judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family for "the awful pain and suffering" he endured during his controversial nomination.

Kavanaugh asked questions of both sides in arguments over increased prison sentences for repeat offenders.

The confirmation gave the Republican president a major political victory ahead of crucial November 6 congressional elections, with Mr Trump's second lifetime selection for the nation's highest judicial body. Progressives fought hard against Kavanaugh's confirmation due to his originalist jurisprudence and because he would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, often viewed as a "swing" vote in many 5-4 decisions.

He took his seat at the right end of the mahogany bench in the ornate courtroom - the location assigned to the court's juniormost member - and wore traditional black robes like the other justices.

Kavanaugh heard his first arguments on Tuesday as a Supreme Court justice, following one of the most contentious confirmation processes in the country's history.

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday following a 50-48 vote, the narrowest margin since 1881.

At the time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the American people should have a say in the direction of the court, meaning no judge should be confirmed until a new president is elected.

A new CNN poll shows voters are more fired up about voting for Democrats than Republicans in the midterm elections just four weeks away. Christine Blasey Ford's bombshell interview with The Washington Post and her emotional testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee threatened to upend the nomination after she accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school.

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The collision turned a relaxed Saturday afternoon into chaos at a spot popular with tourists taking in the autumn foliage. Authorities didn't release names of victims or other specifics, but state police set up a hotline for family members.

The cases, involving a Florida robbery and burglaries in Tennessee and Arkansas, challenged the types of crimes that qualify as violent felonies under that law and can lead to 15-year mandatory minimum sentences.

Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations and during a Senate hearing on September 27 accused Democrats of an "orchestrated political hit".

Kavanaugh was Trump's second selection for the nation's highest judicial body, following conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago.

President Donald Trump took a prime-time victory lap on Monday night following the successful confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, proudly proclaiming that the man had been "proven innocent" after a "campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception". Kagan, who hired him to teach at Harvard Law when she served as dean, sits next to Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday evening in a private ceremony as protesters chanted outside the court building.

The responses were good news for Democrats: 54 percent they were more likely to vote blue, while 41 percent said they would vote Republican. Kavanaugh denied the allegations and Republicans pushed his nomination forward arguing no corroborating evidence or witnesses had been produced.

ActBlue - an online fundraising platform for Democrats - raised almost $10 million on October 5 - the day the Senate held a procedural vote on moving Kavanaugh's nomination forward - and another $9 million on October 6, the day the upper chamber formally confirmed him.

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