No breaking-in period as Kavanaugh dives into high court's busy schedule

Dan Weinbaum
October 09, 2018 - 7:17 am

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After a contentious nomination and confirmation process, Brett Kavanaugh takes a seat on the Supreme Court Monday.

The newest associate justice was sworn in over the weekend, and the White House held an unusual ceremonial swearing in Monday evening.

Kavanaugh will get right to work. The Supreme Court has already heard some cases in the first week of this session. Kavanaugh will not participate in deliberations on those. 

But Tuesday Kavanaugh and the eight other justices will hear arguments on sentencing for career criminals who use firearms.

Wednesday the court will hear arguments about immigration and whom the government is allowed to detain. Another case was filed by Navy sailors who are seeking to recover damages for injuries caused by exposure to asbestos.

Monday evening's ceremony included an apology from President Donald Trump.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure," the president said.

The president criticized Democrat senators, saying the confirmation process violated "every notion of fairness, decency, and due process."

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