Kavanaugh hears case on felony law in first day on Supreme Court bench

 Kavanaugh hears case on felony law in first day on Supreme Court bench
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Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughRace is not central to Rittenhouse case — but the media shout it anyway GOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting Joy Reid compares Kyle Rittenhouse's 'male white tears' to Justice Kavanaugh's MORE made it through his first oral argument as a Supreme Court justice Tuesday without any interruptions from protesters, and he was far from shy.

President TrumpDonald TrumpFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Giving thanks for Thanksgiving itself Immigration provision in Democrats' reconciliation bill makes no sense MORE’s second Supreme Court nominee, who was confirmed over the weekend despite allegations that he sexually assaulted women in high school and college, asked a total of five questions in his first case of the day.

The justices spent the morning grappling with the scope of the Armed Career Criminals Act and whether unarmed robbery convictions in Florida can be considered violent felonies if only slight force is used to commit the crime.  

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The law has a three strike rule for violent felony convictions which triggers enhanced prison sentences. 

Kavanaugh’s wife, Ashley, and two daughters were seated in the courtroom for his first appearance on the bench. Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh replaced, was also present for the newly minted justice's first day on the job.