Courts

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    Chief justice alludes to Kavanaugh fight

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller reports on U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts’ first public comments alluding to the contentious battle over new Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Chief Justice John Roberts spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious ascension to the U.S. Supreme…
    Mitch Kokai, October 18, 2018
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    Federalist Society Event Reminder: North Carolina Judicial Candidate Forum

    North Carolina Judicial Candidate Forum: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The event will be held at 301 Fayetteville St #1400. Raleigh, NC 27601. In November, North Carolina voters will vote for candidates for one open seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court…
    Anna Manning, October 16, 2018
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    Weaponizing the courts

    Warren Henry explains in a Federalist column that it’s not hard to find ideas on the political left for tranforming the federal courts into political weapons. When Vox published “The case for abolishing the Supreme Court,” no one on the right could have been shocked. The left has…
    Mitch Kokai, October 16, 2018
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    Kavanaugh and the administrative state

    Peter Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute explains how new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh could play a positive role in addressing the administrative state. … [T]he judiciary has failed in its responsibility to ensure that the laws binding on the American people will be made in…
    Mitch Kokai, October 15, 2018
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    The Kavanaugh fight in context

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online contends that the battle over U.S. Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation showcased Democrats’ powerful political weapons. One can almost admire the brazen, cynical genius behind the Democrats’ smear campaign against Judge Kavanaugh, which is only the logical extension of the similar campaigns…
    Mitch Kokai, October 11, 2018
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    Kavanaugh and Supreme Court staff diversity

    Melissa Quinn of the Washington Examiner documents what she labels the “Kavanaugh effect” on U.S. Supreme Court staff. On his first day at work, Brett Kavanaugh … ensured that the elite group of law clerks in the Supreme Court is the most diverse in its history. Kavanaugh’s four…
    Mitch Kokai, October 10, 2018
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    The Supreme Court and legitimacy

    David French argues at National Review Online that the U.S. Supreme Court’s legitimacy remains intact. There is a puzzling line of argument emerging in the aftermath of the battle over Brett Kavanaugh. Now that the balance of power in the Supreme Court is swinging towards originalism, there is…
    Mitch Kokai, October 10, 2018
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    Kavanaugh’s role in galvanizing the right

    John Podhoretz writes for Commentary about the role Judge Brett Kavanaugh played in saving his Supreme Court nomination. At 12:30 in the afternoon on September 27, I don’t think there were many serious political thinkers or activists on the Right who thought Brett Kavanaugh would survive that morning’s…
    Mitch Kokai, October 8, 2018