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Kagan Should Have Quick Path To Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. –(AP) A key Senate Democrat predicted a vote by early August to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next Supreme Court justice, even as skeptical Republicans warned against a rush to judgment. Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont called Kagan, 50, a "superbly...

Elena Kagan Chosen By Obama For Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (AP) President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean "one of the nation's foremost legal minds." She would be the court's youngest justice and give it three female members...

Documents Offer Sketchy Clues To Pragmatic Kagan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) From welfare and assisted suicide to police rights, a few scribbled notes and brief e-mails offer an outline of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as a pragmatist with sometimes unpredictable views on hot-button topics when she was domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton...

Liberal Group: Pro-Business Tilt On Roberts Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A study from a liberal interest group says the Supreme Court of Chief Justice John Roberts has a decidedly pro-business tilt, echoing the line Democrats are taking in support of the nomination of Elena Kagan to fill its latest vacancy. The analysis from the Constitutional Accountability...

Kagan Confirmation Would Affect Major Tobacco Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) It's a simple matter of math: Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court has complicated the government's effort to force the tobacco industry to cough up nearly $300 billion. If confirmed by the Senate as a justice, Kagan would have to sit out high court review...

Kagan Pledges Deference To Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan pledged Monday to be properly deferential to Congress if confirmed as a justice and strive to "consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle and in accordance with law." In excerpts of her opening statement...

Leahy Predicts Kagan Approval; Hearings Near End

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan neared the end of a grueling turn in the Senate Judiciary Committee witness chair Wednesday, and the senator presiding over the proceedings predicted her confirmation. "Solicitor General Kagan will be confirmed," Sen. Patrick Leahy,...

Judiciary Panel OKs Elena Kagan For Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Pushing toward an election-year Supreme Court confirmation vote, a polarized Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved Elena Kagan to be the fourth female justice. Just one Republican joined Democrats to approve Kagan's nomination and send it to the full Senate, where she's...

Senate Confirms Kagan As Fourth Woman Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate voted 63-37 today to confirm Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Five Republicans, the two Senate independents and all but one Democrat supported President Barack Obama's second appointment to the high court in a year...

Senate Confirms Kagan As Supreme Court's 112th Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan Thursday as the Supreme Court's 112th justice and fourth woman, selecting a scholar with a reputation for brilliance, a dry sense of humor and a liberal legal bent. The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired...

3 Women On Supreme Court: How Big A Difference?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) At least once a term for 13 years, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recalled, some lawyer arguing before the Supreme Court would mistake her for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, or vice versa. No matter that Brooklyn-born Ginsburg and O'Connor, raised on a ranch in Arizona, look...

Panel: How Kagan Will Affect Supreme Court Hard To Judge

PHILADELPHIA - New U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan may well be more moderate than retired Justice John Paul Stevens, and the court may miss Steven's leadership, panelists at the Sept. 20 Supreme Court Preview at the National Constitution Center here said. Justice Elena Kagan "There...

Pfizer Stock Sold, Roberts To Hear Company's Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Chief Justice John Roberts has sold his shares of Pfizer Inc., a move that allows him to participate in two pending Supreme Court cases involving the pharmaceutical maker. Federal law requires judges to sit out cases if they own even a single share of stock. . . . Full version...

Free Speech Cases At Top Of Supreme Court's Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) First Amendment cases top the Supreme Court's docket as it begins a new term with a new justice and three women on the bench for the first time. The court will look at provocative anti-gay protests at military funerals and a California law banning the sale of violent. . ....

Supreme Court Grapples With NASA Privacy Questions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court seemed unwilling Tuesday to restrict the government's ability to investigate the people who want to work inside its installations in the post-9/11 world, despite concerns that federal officials could go too far when prying into people's private lives...

First Monday Firsts: An Advocate Interview

This post first appeared on Appellate Daily . Monday was the first day of the 2010 Supreme Court Term, the first day on the bench for Justice Elena Kagan, and the first time three women have sat on the Court. For at least one advocate, it was also the first time at the Court's lectern. David Horan...

Court Asked, Can Ashcroft Be Sued For 9/11 Policy?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Abdullah al-Kidd had an all-American background: Kansas native, then a football star in college. That's when he converted to Islam. John Ashcroft was the attorney general who approved a policy that led to the arrests of al-Kidd and dozens of others without evidence of crimes...

Supreme Court Hears Copyright Dispute Over First-Sale Doctrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The reach of the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine, codified at 17 U.S. Code Section 109(a), was debated Nov. 8 by an eight-member panel of the U.S. Supreme Court in a dispute over watches lawfully manufactured abroad and sold domestically by a wholesale warehouse chain ( Costco...

U.S. High Court Issues Split Ruling On Blanket Strip-Search Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Strip searching all new arrestees with or without suspicion before mixing them with the general jail population is appropriate, a split U.S. Supreme Court ruled April 2 ( Albert W. Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, et al. , No.10-945...