Kavanaugh Nomination Draws Wave Of Opposition In Massachusetts

Kavanaugh Nomination Draws Wave Of Opposition In Massachusetts

President Trump shakes hands with Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House on Monday. (Alex Brandon/AP) President Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the Supreme Court, immediately triggering waves of support and opposition around the country and mostly condemnation from public officials in Massachusetts. Kavanaugh, 53, was once a clerk for Justice Kennedy, and also served as White House Staff Secretary under President George W. Bush. He served as a judge on the D.C. Appeals Court after being appointed by President Bush in 2003. Like the president’s addition to the Supreme Court last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would likely help swing the court towards the right for years to come. "He is a brilliant jurist, with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time," Trump said in his televised announcement Monday night. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace a swing vote on the court and is expected to be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy. In June, Kavanaugh ruled in favor of restricting an undocumented and unaccompanied minor in custody from obtaining an abortion. In a case anticipating the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby case of 2014, he defended the religious freedom of employers, an issue that was at hand in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that gay rights activists recently brought to the Supreme Court. He has also defined […]

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