Kavanaugh assumes the bench today, will hear oral arguments in two cases

Kavanaugh assumes the bench today, will hear oral arguments in two cases

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 27. (Andrew Harnik/AP/ pool photo)

WASHINGTON – Brett Kavanaugh today will begin his official duties as an Supreme Court associate justice by hearing oral arguments in two cases related to a Reagan-era criminal statute.

The cases, U.S. v Stitt and Stokeling v U.S., seek the high court’s guidance on the definition of burglary and what is required for a burglary to be considered a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984.

Kavanaugh was sworn in by President Donald Trump on Monday evening in a ceremonial event at the White House. Chief Justice John Roberts officially swore in Kavanaugh on Saturday afternoon following Senate confirmation.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation process is believed by many to have been the most contentious for a nominee to the Supreme Court in modern history.

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh surfaced in mid-September and threatened to derail the nomination.

He has denied the allegations.

Anti-Kavanaugh protests rocked Capitol Hill throughout the confirmation process. Demonstrators interrupted hearings, blocked hallways, and participated in sit-ins in members’ offices.

Hundreds were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct last week.

High-ranking Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) have urged voters angry about Kavanaugh’s ascension to the high court to express that anger at the ballot box next month.

Democrats hope high turnout among women voters will help them retake the House and possibly even surpass the odds and retake the Senate.

High-ranking Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin have said Kavanaugh’s confirmation will help mobilize the GOP base and help the party preserve its majorities in Congress.

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