Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Kavanaugh to hear his 1st oral arguments as Supreme Court justice

Kavanaugh to hear his 1st oral arguments as Supreme Court justice

Justice Brett Kavanaugh received a warm welcome from his new colleagues Tuesday as he made a low-key public debut at the Supreme Court, in a collegial scene that stood in sharp contrast to the chaos of his confirmation process.

Kavanaugh's critics, unhappy with the Senate process, Kavanaugh's record and the way sexual assault allegations were handled, still plan to continue their protests against him. Mr Kavanaugh emphatically denied the allegations.

Incoming Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh attends a ceremonial swearing-in alongside President Trump at the White House.

Trump slammed Kavanaugh's opponents for a "campaign of personal destruction".

President Donald Trump listens as retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy swears-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

As the White House ceremony got under way on Monday, Mr Trump said: "On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure".

All eight of the Supreme Court's other justices attended the White House ceremony, a show of collegiality by members of an ideologically divided court. Kavanaugh hears his first arguments from the bench today, having salted away the traditional duties of cafeteria supervision befitting the tradition for SCOTUS newbies.

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A convert to Christianity in her 20s after being raised a Sikh, Haley is popular with religious conservatives in the South. She recently said she supported Mr Trump's administration but admitted they still had their differences.

Lee explained that there were many possibilities to explain what the confirmation vote indicated about Kavanaugh's innocence.

"The Supreme Court is a team of nine and I will always be a team player on the team of nine". Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. Either way, he added, for Trump to declare that Kavanaugh was proven innocent is a "wild overstatement to say the least, and very likely an inaccurate read of what happened". After thanking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley for their leadership during the contentious confirmation process, he praised the senators who had supported him.

Maine's Susan Collins was just one of the many Republicans who came under fire from John Oliver during Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight".

"His confirmation is an inflection point in the history of the court; there is no pretending any more that the court is an apolitical institution", Fallon said.

Kavanaugh's confirmation gave the Republican president a major political victory ahead of crucial November 6 congressional elections, with Trump's second selection for the nation's highest judicial body. He took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court on Saturday evening.

"What we decide is whether the state - which has the burden of proving guilt beyond any reasonable doubt, the highest standard in our legal system - has met that burden of proof", Beskind said. But when asked again Sunday about it, he said different rules might apply if the same party controls the Senate and White House. The court's two oldest justices are Democratic appointees: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer is 80.

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