Justice Kavanaugh Could Have Big Impact Early on Supreme Court

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Newly minted Supreme CourtJustice Brett M. Kavanaugh will hear oral arguments at the high court for the first time Tuesday in cases dealing with criminal matters where his vote is expected to have a big impact.

He has taken the seat of retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who was viewed as the court’s swing vote between the other four Republican-appointed justices and the four more liberal members of the court.

Court watchers expect President Trump’s newest justice to be more conservative than his predecessor, particularly in areas concerning presidential powers and criminal law, based on his record on the federal appeals court in …

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