It could be difficult to know how Supreme Court nominee would vote

(Source: Raycom Media)
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Published: Jul. 13, 2018 at 11:28 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2018 at 11:44 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.

Vice President Mike Pence said Judge Kavanaugh would respect the constitution as written, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said he would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Politicians are suggesting what he will be like if put on the bench, but it could be difficult to tell. Faulkner Law Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, Charles Campbell, said it is difficult to predict what will happen.

"Nominees do not always end up being the person you thought they were going to be on the Supreme Court," said Interim Dean Campbell.

He said as an example, people point out that Justice Anthony Kennedy is not the person Ronald Reagan thought he was appointing.

Campbell said we do not know what they will do because of precedent. These new Justices are more cautious to change precedent because they are not writing on a clean slate.

"They're writing on a body of work that began over 200 years ago," he said.

And if there are changes, it might take time.

"I don't think the changes will be as dramatic as people are predicting or as fast as they are predicting," Campbell said.

The U.S. Senate needs to confirm Judge Kavanaugh if he were to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

This requires a very thorough investigation of his record, writings and speeches. U.S. Senators are evaluating their record to determine if he is fit for the job.

President Trump's first nominee was Neil Gorsuch. He was confirmed in April 2017.

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