Donald Trump has announced his nominee for the US Supreme Court . The President named Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge who survived a previous tough Senate confirmation battle and helped investigate President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. In picking 53-year-old Kavanaugh, Trump aimed to entrench conservative control of the court for years to come with his second lifetime appointment to the nation's highest judicial body in his first 18 months as president. Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27 at age 81. "Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers," Trump, who named conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court last year, told an applauding audience in the White House East … [Read more...] about Donald Trump announces his pick for the US Supreme Court
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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the high court. The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights. Kennedy said he had informed his colleagues and Mr. Trump of his plans, and that his retirement will take effect at the end of July. Mr. Trump praised Kennedy as a man of "tremendous vision" and said his search for a new justice would begin "immediately." Without Kennedy, the court will be split between four liberal justices who were appointed by Democratic presidents and four conservatives who were named by Republicans. Mr. Trump's nominee is likely to give the conservatives a solid majority and will face a Senate process in which Republicans hold the … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Justice Kennedy retires: What’s next?
Richard Wolf USA TODAY Published 2:19 p.m. UTC Jun 26, 2018 WASHINGTON -- A deeply divided Supreme Court upheld President Trump's immigration travel ban against predominantly Muslim countries Tuesday as a legitimate exercise of executive branch authority. The 5-4 ruling reverses a series of lower court decisions that had struck down the ban as Illegal or unconstitutional. It hands a major victory to Trump, who initiated the battle to ban travelers a week after assuming office last year. It was a defeat for Hawaii and other states that had challenged the action, as well as immigration rights groups. Chief Justice John Roberts issued the opinion, supported by the court's other four conservatives. The four liberal justices dissented. The president had vowed to ban Muslims during the 2016 presidential campaign and continued his attacks on Twitter after his election. But the high court said those statements did not constitute evidence of religious discrimination. The … [Read more...] about Supreme Court upholds President Trump’s travel ban against majority-Muslim countries
A Wisconsin man whose conviction for participating in a 2005 murder was turned into the Netflix smash hit series Making a Murderer has had his case rejected by the Supreme Court. Brendan Dassey, 28, was convicted of participating with his uncle Steven Avery in the killing of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The tale was turned into a Netflix series, which aired in December 2015 and sparked furious debate about whether Avery and Dassey were guilty. Dassey, who appeared confused by proceedings and whose mother said he has a mental age of nine, was shown being interrogated without lawyers and confessing in the belief he was then going home. He was sentenced to life without parole. In August 2016 his conviction was overturned, and he was ordered released, but three months later a federal appeals court blocked his release. In June 2017, he won another major victory when a federal appeals court said it agreed with the initial decision to release … [Read more...] about Supreme Court refuses to hear Making a Murderer case
Richard Wolf USA TODAY Published 4:40 p.m. UTC Jun 11, 2018 WASHINGTON -- Failing to vote can lead to getting knocked off voter registration rolls, a divided Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision that likely will help Republicans and harm Democrats. The court's conservative majority ruled 5-4 that Ohio did not violate federal laws by purging voters who don't vote and fail to return notices confirming their residency. Civil rights groups had challenged the state for having the strictest method of purging voters in the nation. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion, noting right off the bat that an estimated one in eight voter registrations in the United States are invalid or inaccurate. He said failing to vote cannot be the sole reason for purging voters but noted that Ohio "removes registrants only if they have failed to vote and have failed to respond to a notice." "A state violates the failure-to-vote clause only if it removes … [Read more...] about Supreme Court: States can purge voters who don’t vote or respond to warnings