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Supreme Court Term Begins… With One Less Associate Justice.

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Supreme Court Term Begins… With One Less Associate Justice.


As Congress continues to grapple with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s latest nominee to the Supreme Court, justices began the latest term with one less justice.

Kavanaugh, the nominee slated to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, continues to weave through his confirmation process amid sexual assault allegations. The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced his nomination to the full floor of the Senate Friday, but a final vote on his confirmation has been held up pending an investigation into the claims by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Even if it is Kavanaugh who is confirmed, the next justice will miss the first round of oral arguments on cases in front of the court this term.

One of the biggest cases the court could hear this term is on the constitutionality of Trump’s decision to halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program which currently protects nearly 800,000 children that were illegally brought to the United States by their parents.

The saving grace here is that the court accepts cases and petitions throughout the nine-month term rather than accepting them all at once.

Here are other cases the court could take up during the term:

Matthew Clark is the Executive Editor of The Daily Lead.

Matthew Clark

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