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Stare decisis? Roe? A Supreme Court confirmation glossary

Stare decisis? Roe? A Supreme Court confirmation glossary

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America is about to get its first extended look at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Viewers just tuning into the battle over the 53-year-old appellate judge's nomination should expect to see Kavanaugh portrayed by fellow Republicans as a principled jurist who has no preconceived ideas about the law. Democrats will try to paint President Donald Trump's nominee as a results-oriented conservative who wants to undo abortion rights and generally push the Supreme Court to the right.

Lawmakers know the public is watching, but as the nomination hearing gets going and lawmakers seek to probe the nominee's views, they often slip into using legal jargon and refer to past Supreme Court cases in shorthand. It can sound as though they're talking in code.

Expect senators to use these terms at Kavanaugh's hearing, starting Tuesday:


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