Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 10:54 AM EDT Mar 13, 2019 Washington — The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on the controversial nomination of Michigan native Neomi Rao to serve on a powerful federal appeals court in Washington. If confirmed, Rao, 45, would be the first South Asian woman to serve on a federal appeals court, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. President Donald Trump nominated Rao in November for the seat left vacant when Brett Kavanaugh last year joined the U.S. Supreme Court. Considered an expert in administrative law, Rao oversees efforts to roll back regulations as Trump's regulatory czar and has reportedly been discussed as a potential future pick for the nation's high court. She is on leave as a professor at George Mason University’s law school, where she taught for more than a decade. Since her nomination, Senate Democrats have expressed … [Read more...] about Senate to vote on Michigan native Rao to U.S. appeals court
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Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 6:33 AM EDT Sep 7, 2018 Lansing — A group seeking to keep straight-party voting on Michigan's Nov. 6 ballot is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent "confusion and chaos" by "maintaining the status quo." Attorneys for the Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute on Thursday filed an emergency application to Justice Elena Kagan, an appointee of Democratic President Barack Obama, asking her to quickly consider the case as officials finalize the statewide ballot. A U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday in a 2-1 ruling revived a ban on straight-ticket voting that was approved by Michigan's Republican-Led Legislature in 2015 but had never been implemented amid the legal challenge. The panel ruled Detroit U.S. District Court Judge Gershwin Drain, an Obama appointee who had suspended the law, erred in concluding the state’s GOP-led Legislature “intentionally discriminated against African … [Read more...] about Supreme Court asked to preserve Michigan straight-ticket voting
Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 1:22 p.m. UTC Jul 10, 2018 Washington — President Donald Trump on Monday night nominated federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court over Judge Raymond Kethledge of Michigan and two other finalists. During the prime-time White House announcement, Trump said he intends to nominate Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative-leaning jurist who was viewed as a swing vote among the nine justices. "There is no one more qualified for this position and no one more deserving," Trump said. Kavanaugh, 53, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and previously worked in the counsel's office at the White House under President George W. Bush. He clerked for Kennedy from 1993-1994. Kavanaugh praised Kennedy’s career and said he was “deeply honored” to be nominated to his seat on the high … [Read more...] about Trump nominates Kavanaugh for U.S. Supreme Court over Kethledge
Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 12:45 p.m. UTC Jul 9, 2018 With President Donald Trump scheduled to make his second pick for the U.S. Supreme Court tonight, a report Sunday suggests he is backing off from naming Michigan resident Raymond Kethledge, a judge of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The New York Times, in a story based on unnamed sources, reported Sunday that "the president appeared to lose much of his interest" in Kethledge, a judge of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals who has been considered a front-runner for the nomination. Trump is expected to announce his choice on national TV at 9 p.m. Monday. "People close to the process said the president had found him likable but comparatively dull," the report said. "And some conservatives, whose support has guided Mr. Trump’s thinking about the courts, have voiced concern about Judge Kethledge on issues like immigration, with some comparing him to Justice David H. Souter, who was … [Read more...] about Is President Trump losing interest in Michigan judge for Supreme Court pick?
Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Ken Thomas Associated Press Published 2:43 p.m. UTC Jul 7, 2018 Berkeley Heights, N.J. – Savoring the suspense, President Donald Trump is weighing his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from the seclusion of his golf club in New Jersey. And he’s consulting with the vice president and others as he zeroes in on a nominee. On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted: “Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!” The president, who is planning a Monday night announcement from the East Room in the White House, has told reporters that he was focused on four people and “of the four people I have it down to three or two.” He had dinner Friday night with Vice President Mike Pence, who has also been meeting with the finalists. The president’s top contenders include federal appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, with … [Read more...] about Trump mulls Supreme Court choice from 2 or 3 candidates