Meet the Man With the Same Name as Brett Kavanaugh

Cheryl Sanders
October 10, 2018

New US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh dived into his new job on Tuesday, shrugging off the controversy over his nomination and firing off a handful of questions at his first hearing, a case on prison reform.

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.

During Kavanaugh's confirmation process, dozens of women had dressed up in similar costumes to represent the TV show's depiction of women living under a dystopian fundamentalist regime.

Moving beyond a ferocious confirmation battle that divided the country, Brett Kavanaugh got down to business as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday and took an active role in arguments alongside his eight new colleagues on his first day on the job. Justice Samuel Alito spoke at his swearing-in as well.

With police standing by, a small group of protesters demonstrated outside the courthouse, holding signs saying "Shame" and "He sits on a throne of lies", while chanting, "This isn't over, we're still here".


The video was mentioned in a Washington Post article on Tuesday that said Republicans were trying to "recast" Democrat protests as an "out-of-control" anarchy.

Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh to the court before the oral arguments.

Justice Roberts said: "We wish you a long and happy career in our common calling".

On Oct. 6, Kavanagh was confirmed to the court by a vote of 50-48 in the Senate, a slim victory after multiple women had accused him of sexual misconduct.

He tried to distinguish between Mr Trump's nomination of Mr Kavanaugh this year and his own decision not to have the GOP-run Senate consider president Barack Obama's high court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.


Here's the first question Kavanaugh asked the counsel for Denard Stokeling, referencing the 2010 case Johnson v.

At one point, Kavanaugh could be seen having a lighthearted exchange with liberal Justice Elena Kagan, seated next to him. Gorsuch responded with a faux grimace of pain.

The cases challenge the types of crimes that qualify as violent felonies under that law and can lead to 15-year mandatory minimum sentences.

Some analysts said the court's reputation could suffer as it becomes perceived as a political, rather than a legal, institution.

"However much we might sympathize or agree with EPA's policy objectives, EPA may act only within the boundaries of its statutory authority", Kavanaugh wrote in the ruling. Instead, the former D.C. Circuit judge missed the first week of arguments as the Senate considered an allegation that he had sexually assaulted a woman in high school.


"But the President's been true to form", she continued. It only takes four justices to grant cert, which means that Kavanaugh's appointment didn't force an end to the appeal. That's because the Kavanaugh fight undoubtedly galvanized both parties' bases, and in places with key Senate races like Tennessee and North Dakota that's certainly not helpful, as anything that polarizes both sides equally in the national fight will only help Republicans in Republican strongholds. The FBI probe into the allegations against Kavanaugh reportedly found no corroboration of the allegations against him but was criticized by Democrats for not being a full investigation.

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