Trump still pondering Supreme Court pick as big reveal nears

Ted Cruz in background with Mike Lee looking inquisitive

Ted Cruz in background with Mike Lee looking inquisitive

McConnell works closely with the Federalist Society, which is at the forefront of conservative judicial thinking, and he helped the group draft Trump's list of 25 potential Supreme Court nominees.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, one of the Utah GOP senator's closest colleagues, said Trump has a "sure thing" in Lee. Sutton, for example, made reference to the infamous 1927 Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, that upheld Virginia's eugenic sterilization laws for the mentally ill.

The possibility of a solid conservative replacing Kennedy's swing vote on the nine-member court is on the minds of Democratic lawmakers and activists who fear a reversal of Roe v. Wade. He is the only evangelical Christian on the list of nominees Trump is considering; everyone else is Catholic. As with with Neil Gorsuch, the justice appointed to replace the late Antonin Scalia previous year, Trump's top candidates are selected from a list of conservative justices first drafted during the 2016 election.

In Tyler v. Hillsdale County Sheriff's Dept., all 15 judges of Kethledge's court reheard an earlier panel decision and ruled 9-6 in favor of Clifford Tyler, a MI man a magistrate sent for a brief stay at a mental health facility after his children found him distraught on learning his wife of 23 years had run off with another man - and his life savings - and called the police, fearing their father might harm himself.

A handful of nominees are on Trump's shortlist, but there's only one woman - Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Many progressive opponents of Barrett are pointing to a September 28, 2017, New York Times article by Laurie Goodstein that essentially concluded she was a member of a cult, a "small, tightly knit Christian group called People of Praise".

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National groups have entered the fray. As part of the rollout process, the White House has been preparing information packages on all four, said two people familiar with the process who were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. "They are shaped by love of Holy Scripture, prayer and community; and the Church's mission is richer for their presence". If confirmed, he will be the first Indian American and Asian American, both burgeoning sections of the America population, to become a Supreme Court judge. The Vice President has reportedly met with those three judges in recent days. He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is another Republican who has supported abortion. Even if all 49 Senate Democrats vote no - hardly a given with red-state Sens.

The AP cited a source saying Sen. "It's obvious he has made pro-life issues a priority in his administration, their concern is absolutely valid and I'm happy to embrace that", said Mary Kate Knorr, Illinois Right to Life executive director. "They are all great", Trump said to cheers at a rally in Great Falls, Montana.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, a longtime Washington insider, worked for Ken Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton.

Kethledge, a Michigan Law graduate, is regarded by some conservatives as a potential justice in the mold of Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Kavanaugh remains in the running, though Kethledge's stock is said to be rising.

The implications of Kethledge's decision to join Sutton's Tyler concurrence are uncertain, but may suggest a judicial philosophy on the Second Amendment that stands at odds with the originalist direction paved by Justice Antonin Scalia when he crafted the Heller decision wrote Breitbart's Ian Mason. "Judges are not supposed to re-write the law, re-invent the Constitution or substitute their own opinions for the will of the people expressed through their laws". He is a graduate of the University of MI, where he received both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees.

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