Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Ted Cruz wants to pick Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee

Ted Cruz wants to pick Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee

Barrett, 46, clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. "You're on the list!'" Kethledge said in an interview with Above the Law, a legal website.

Meyers said that when faced with questions involving immigration law, Kethledge "takes the same approach he takes in every other case - he faithfully interprets and applies the laws as written and adopted by the politically accountable branches".

Judge Raymond Kethledge, 51, is widely touted as "Gorsuch 2.0" - he and the Supreme Court's newest justice are fishing buddies and share a similar judicial philosophy. At first, the Michigan Supreme Court justice thought something bad must have happened. Although William Howard Taft had served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals, he was better known as a former president when he was appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by President Warren Harding in 1921.

Kethledge had the option of joining one of several pro-gun opinions, including a heavily "original meaning" focused one which criticized the controlling opinion in the case for "giving little more than a nod to the originalist inquiry". Mike Lee of Utah - who is on the list of 25 - but the White House characterized the conversation as consultation.

"The key insight", Sutton concluded, "is that no government may permanently deny rights based on generalizations stemming from classifications about any individual who once was institutionalized".

Barrett was confirmed by the Senate to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals just a year ago. "And I will devote all my energies to ensuring that we confirm the kind of Supreme Court justice America needs: a justice who says what the law is, not what she wants it to be; a justice who calls balls and strikes instead of swinging for the fences; a justice whose foremost allegiance is to the American people and to the Constitution". But in recent days the White House has seen the pressure ebb, as Kavanaugh's defenders - most recently Alberto Gonzales, who served as attorney general under President George W. Bush - have provided balance. Kavanaugh would have delayed the teen's abortion, in line with the Trump administration's position, but another judge would have gone farther and declared that, as someone who is in the US illegally, the teen had no right at all to an abortion. In addition, she is the youngest of the leading candidates, and Trump has said he wants his nominee to serve for decades. A document obtained by TIME that outlines Senate Democratic strategy notes that any nominee that augurs a potential threat to the ACA - particularly to protections for people with preexisting medical conditions - is likely to convince an undecided senator to vote against them. She's only been a federal judge for about a year.

Judge Ralph B. Guy Jr. wished his former law clerk luck when he learned Kethledge was on Trump's list. Like four of the five Christians on the court, Barrett is a Roman Catholic. Conservative groups rallied around Barrett after her confirmation hearing a year ago featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions. This hearing not only endeared her to constitutionalists and religious conservatives but revealed the strategy of her opponents to attack her religious faith.

They say whomever President Donald Trump selects must explicitly say they support the rights to abortion, to use contraceptives and to marry someone of the same gender. Gorsuch was confirmed and had joined the bench by April 2017.

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