Justices offer warm welcome as Kavanaugh joins high court

Justices offer warm welcome as Kavanaugh joins high court

Kavanaugh, a veteran of such proceedings after 12 years on an influential USA appeals court, looked at ease as he asked several questions during two hours of lively oral arguments involving a federal sentencing law for repeat offenders.

US President Donald Trump apologised to Mr Brett Kavanaugh for the bitter battle over his confirmation to the Supreme Court and declared him "innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that almost derailed his nomination.

There were no disruptions in the courtroom, and the justices laughed at one another's jokes.

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Monday he was apologizing on behalf of the whole country to his new conservative Supreme Court justice after one of the most contentious confirmation processes in USA history.

Republicans had hoped to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the court's October 1 start of the new term.

Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years. Kavanaugh hears his first arguments from the bench today, having salted away the traditional duties of cafeteria supervision befitting the tradition for SCOTUS newbies.

110 Justices have been men; two of the only four women to sit on the Bench - Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both of whom are now serving - were nominated by President Barack Obama. Gorsuch responded with a faux grimace of pain. United States, a case about whether a state robbery offense should be classified as a "violent felony" under the 1984 Armed Career Criminal Act, which is a criminal sentencing law that increases prison sentences after multiple violent felonies.

With the nation divided over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it might be a bad time to have that name.




The responses were good news for Democrats: 54 percent they were more likely to vote blue, while 41 percent said they would vote Republican.

The clerks are Kim Jackson, who previously worked for Kavanaugh on the federal appeals court in Washington, Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen. This being argument, today's session is unlikely to produce any major news other than the novelty of it being Kavanaugh's first day on the job; his family will be on hand in the chamber to share the day with him.

The justices privately made the decision to reject the appeals by an environmental group and companies that supported the regulation before Kavanaugh's confirmation, and announced the action on Tuesday. One of the two cases the court is hearing then involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key.

His path to confirmation was turbulent - opposition to him intensified after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago, when they were teenagers. Two other women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s.

"We will not forget!" the group shouted - a reference to the accusations of sexual assault that threatened to derail Kavanaugh's nomination, allegations that the 53-year-old strongly denied.

He later expressed regret over some of his comments.

Kavanaugh jumped in, asking a series of questions during the proceedings.

He was sworn in by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy at an entirely ceremonial event Monday at the White House. He once again cast doubt on the women's claims, calling them "lies", following up on assertions he made earlier in the day when he told reporters at the White House that Kavanaugh was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats".

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