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Due to security concerns, Justice Kavanaugh will not walk down Supreme Court steps after Investiture ceremony

Due to security concerns, Justice Kavanaugh will not walk down Supreme Court steps after Investiture ceremony

“out of an abundance of caution due to security concerns.”

The Investiture is a ceremony in which a new Supreme Court Justice, already sworn onto the court, is ceremonially welcomed:

The Investiture Ceremony

On June 23, 1969, the Court closed its last scheduled sitting with a formal Courtroom ceremony in which retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren administered a combined oath to incoming Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. Under Chief Justice Burger, the Court began to hold special sittings to receive the commissions of newly appointed Justices. The first ceremony of this kind was held for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on June 9, 1970. During this special ceremony, referred to as the investiture, the Chief Justice generally administers the Constitutional Oath privately to the new Justice in the Justices’ Conference Room, the commission is presented and read aloud in the Courtroom and the Chief Justice administers the Judicial Oath in the Courtroom. Burger also started a tradition of having the new Justice sit in the historic John Marshall Bench Chair at the beginning of the ceremony.

There is a tradition of the new Justice then walking down the Supreme Court steps, as this video of Justice Kagan shows:

Brett Kavanaugh’s Investiture ceremony is on Thursday, November 8. But due to security concerns, it will not be broadcast live and he will not walk down the courthouse steps.

AP reports:

The Supreme Court says new Justice Brett Kavanaugh won’t take the traditional walk down the courthouse steps after his ceremonial installation on the court because of security concerns.

Kavanaugh’s investiture ceremony is scheduled for Thursday morning in the courtroom. It is customary for a new justice to walk down the 44 marble steps in front of the building, accompanied by the chief justice. The moment provides a chance for news organizations to photograph the justice, since the courtroom event is closed to cameras.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Friday that the change is being made “out of an abundance of caution due to security concerns.”

This is not surprising given the unhinged and dangerous behavior shown by opponents of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, including disruption of the hearings, confrontations with Senators in hallways, and attempts to storm the Supreme Court itself.


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They should have had it, with Spartacus walking in front of our new Justice, Mad Maxine and the good Sen. Gillibrand on each side, with Pelosi bringing up the rear. I’d suggest Hillary, but there’s no way she can do 44 steps!

Maybe it is time, and beyond, for the Justice department to stop manipulating the political prosses and focus instead deal with the enablers of these domestic political terrorists. When it is quite apparent to the layman that these people are organized in there violence things are out of control.

    What do you call a law enforcement official paid-off to willfully ignores serious crimes occurring under his nose?


    Jeff Sessions is not different than any New York cop paid-off by the Italian mafia to do their bidding.

      So what do you call someone who ignores serious crimes for ideological reasons. Heavens the list is too long to narrow down. Almost as long as the list of names of those who are too afraid of the MSM to stand up to the criminals.

Blame us white male terrorists. We’re out of control.

Fake news! There’s no incitement, no violence. The left is reasonable and civil. If anyone thinks we’re ever going back to business as usual, I have a bridge for you.

The violence before, during, and after Trump’s inauguration set a memorable precedent that will not soon be forgotten.

DieJustAsHappy | November 2, 2018 at 3:34 pm

Dang shame, that. Though there might be 44 steps he doesn’t walk, our prayers are that there will be many, many steps that Justice Kavanaugh does walk in a long service on the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

it’s a disgrace to us all when a man(or woman)of this caliber who has lived the life he has lived, should have to forego an honorable tradition out of concern for his personal safety.

thank you, sir, for standing firm and for standing-up–may you continue to do so in a long and illustrious career on the court.

Very sad, by this action, the moonbats win.

    Tom Servo in reply to MAJack. | November 2, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    peaceful, democratic norms are only possible in a peaceful, civil society.

    We no longer live in a peaceful, civil, society.

      Talk to Odumbo, pelosi, maxine waters, hillary klinton, george soros, the DNC, tom styer, eric holder…and the rest of the leftist gang members.

      Most of all, talk to jeff sessions, the top law enforcement officer in our nation, who has deserted.

The Friendly Grizzly | November 2, 2018 at 5:10 pm

More and more, our country is becoming less the USA and more like some Latin-American tin-pot nation.

This is showing fear and weakness, he should have his Sarah Moni, except three times as large, with four times more pomp and circumstance. And of course a body double to go first, and snipers instructed to take out any protesters who sppear to pose a threat.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | November 2, 2018 at 8:49 pm

NYT: A Huge Number of Hate Crimes Are Committed Against Jews in NYC, But They’re Committed by Muslims and Minorities So We Liberals Don’t Give a ……

Ace of spades

Talk about security issues..

Where is your Rule of Law now?

Our nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States was denied the principle of due process and almost burnt at the stake as a witch.

Now, as a Justice of that Supreme Court, it’s not safe for him to take the ceremonial walk down the steps of the Supreme Court.

Because the Marxists might shoot him.

I’m still curious about where our line is between a “Legal Insurrection” and civil war. Does it even exist? If Kavanaugh were to be assassinated, would we write long articles lamenting the fall of the Republic or would we pick up a rifle?

I’ve been asking for over a year now. It’s a legitimate question. Why won’t the writers here take the time to answer it?

    Shadow5 in reply to Fen. | November 3, 2018 at 11:57 am

    “Legal Insurrection” is a defined phrase which implies that the participants opperate within the standing rule of law. “Civil War” however is an oxymoronic phrase in that historically the primary aggressors feel that because they do not agree with the laws in place what ever action they take is justified. I am in no hurry for the latter, and strongly support the former.

    Walker Evans in reply to Fen. | November 3, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” — Thomas Jefferson

    If push comes to shove there are many of us, especially veterans, who are willing to pick up arms to defend this country “from all enemies, foreign and domestic”. We dodged a bullet when Hillary failed to become our Queen; with luck we will continue to survive when Trump is re-elected in 2020. What will happen in 2024 is impossible to even guess about now.

    All bets are off if an assassination occurs. And we need to remember that every single mass shooter and attempted assassin in the last few decades has come from the Left. And they are ramping up the violent rhetoric even more now with, among other violence-inciting Democrats, Mad Maxine Waters exhorting her base to “take out Trump, and then get Pence!”