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Kavanaugh Clings To Text And Traditions In Many Dissents

Law360 (July 12, 2018, 7:14 PM EDT) -- During D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's 12 years on the federal appellate court, he has written dozens of dissents marked by a deference for text and traditions that would likely follow him to the U.S. Supreme Court if the Senate confirms President Donald Trump's Monday nomination.

In two such dissents, Judge Kavanaugh supported the president's authority to remove members of an executive agency by referencing the writings of Founding Fathers including James Madison, and defended the Second Amendment by citing Supreme Court precedent that found "traditional and common gun laws" are permitted.

"If you have a longer tradition of something, it's...

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