Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

On Donald Trump's Supreme Court list are 3 judges with Louisiana ties

On Donald Trump's Supreme Court list are 3 judges with Louisiana ties

In a statement, Heitkamp, who has highlighted her support for the president's agenda in campaign ads, did not respond to Trump's Supreme Court remarks but reaffirmed her interest in working with Trump.

Justice Kennedy's departure also comes at a time when some business owners are refusing to serve same-sex couples, and university campuses, and conservative groups say attempts by left-wing students to create safe spaces have stifled freedom of speech.

Kennedy called it the "highest of honors to serve on this Court", and he expressed his "profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret, and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises".

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bob Young, Jr.

"We have to pick one that's there for 40 years, 45 years,"he told a rally in Fargo, North Dakota, hours after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement".

While Trump did not make rolling back abortion rights a central plank of his campaign, numerous conservative rank and file want Roe v. Wade overturned and Trump promised to put anti-abortion justices on the Supreme Court.

White House officials said Trump was likely to quickly begin interviewing candidates from a list of 25 people that the conservative Federalist Society helped draw up, with an eye to getting the new justice confirmed by the Senate in the autumn.

Esseks said he is hopeful the new justice will embrace recent legal victories in gay rights battles and urged senators to press the nominee on the issue during the confirmation process after Trump announces his pick.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had blocked Garland's nomination on grounds 2016 was a presidential election year, and the new president should have the opportunity to pick a justice. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights. Kennedy's retirement gives Mr. Trump his second nomination, following Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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Of his travel ban, which prohibits visitors and immigrants from five Muslim-majority countries, along with North Korea and Venezuela, Trump called it a "common-sense policy to improve vetting and national security".

"The significance of today's news can not be overstated: The right to access abortion in this country is on the line", said Dawn Laguens, the group's executive vice president.

The Senate is now controlled by the Republicans but that could change after mid-term elections in November.

Trump has also filled a record-breaking number of seats on the influential federal appeals courts - appointing 21 judges in total - with the enthusiastic backing of the Senate, which votes to confirm them.

Kennedy, 81, said Wednesday that he'd step down from the bench on July 31 after serving three decades since his appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

"Justice Kennedy's retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the vital issues of our time", Trump said.

Mr Trump said Mr Kennedy had "displayed great vision" and "tremendous heart".

As a justice, he routinely favoured personal liberty and the limiting of federal power.

"His words have left an indelible mark not only on this generation, but on the fabric of American history".

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