Elena Kagan Confirmed For Supreme Court, 63 to 37


As widely anticipated, the U.S. Senate confirmed Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the 112th Justice of the Supreme Court. The vote was 63 in favor, 37 opposed, reports ScotusBlog.com. Kagan’s short-term impact on criminal justice issues is difficult to gauge because she has not served in the judiciary but mainly in academia and the executive branch of government.

Five Republicans – Susan Collins (Me.), Lindsey Graham (SC), Judd Gregg (NH), Richard Lugar (In.), and Olympia Snowe (Me.) – voted for Kagan. One Democrat – Ben Nelson (Ne.)- voted no. Kagan succeeds John Paul Stevens, who retired after serving since late 1975. He was the third longest-serving justice in the court’s history.

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