Assuming Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday, he could be hearing his first oral arguments as a sitting justice next Tuesday.
After a dramatic day culminating with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, declaring her support for Kavanaugh and putting him over the top, he now has the votes, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has teed up the final vote on Saturday.
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Once that succeeds, all that needs to happen is for Kavanaugh to be sworn in, and he can start participating in cases. As an example, last year Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate on Friday, April 7, and was sworn in the following Monday, April 10.
Due to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, the Supreme Court will next meet to hear arguments next Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Justices are scheduled to hear two one-hour arguments involving the Armed Career Criminal Act, which provides harsher sentencing guidelines for repeat offenders involved in violent felonies. The first case is Stokeling v. United States, which will consider which crimes qualify as this type of offense. In the next cases, United States v. Stitt and United States v. Simms, which were consolidated, justices will consider the conditions under which breaking into a vehicle that can be used for sleeping, such as a recreational vehicle, would count as a "burglary" under the ACCA.