On July 9, 2018, President Donald J. Trump nominated federal judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, of the the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to the US Supreme Court. Given the likely impact that his confirmation would have on the ideological composition of the Supreme Court (see image below), the confirmation process is likely to be contentious.
What does Kavanaugh’s prior history on the bench tell us about his particular philosophy of constitutional and statutory interpretation (note: refer to Lecture 6.5 for more on these interpretive philosophies). What kind of justice is Kavanaugh likely to be? How might his addition to the court impact how the Supreme Court rules on significant issues?
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