Brett Kavanaugh began his Supreme Court tenure by announcing the hiring of four female law clerks. But that doesn’t address the elitism which undermines how we pick the people who staff the nation’s highest court. TCR columnist James Doyle offers a different solution.
Rahm Emanuel said stop-and-frisk strategies recommended by Trump were “failed policies.” In a speech to police chiefs, Trump also slammed critics of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh who he said perpetrated a “hoax” about his background.
Even in an era of acute political transformation and “relentless Trumpism,” Nan Aron writes for The Nation, “the battle over Brett Kavanaugh has plumbed a deep well of anger and pain that was waiting to come to the surface.” Kavanaugh was confirmed Saturday 50-48 in the narrowest Senate confirmation vote for a Supreme Court nominee in recent memory.
“This was men against women, right against left, a cascade of recriminations, explosions of anger, hours of tears and sobs,” writes Marc Fisher of the Washington Post. “A hearing that was supposed to bring clarity instead erupted in thunderclaps from the nation’s built-up tensions over how the sexes are supposed to behave with each other.”
The newest Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh will join his colleagues to rule on cases that could have a far-reaching impact on criminal law. For Court handicappers, here’s a list of what’s ahead, starting this month.