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( Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, speaking at an event hosted by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s Legal Action Project, said Monday said that having “some kind of constitutional right to a cell phone with a predialed 911 at your bedside might be better protection than a gun.”

“I’m not sure I actually have captured the entire question, but it does occur to me that one thing that I thought about from time to time is that maybe you have some kind of constitutional right to have a cell phone with a predialed 911 number at your bedside, and that might provide you with a little better protection than a gun, which you’re not used to using,” Stevens said.

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HHmmm…. I think I still want by Smith & Wesson on hand!!

     Solicitor General Elena Kagan will do a black robe, get a new title, and never have to think about a job search ever again.

     The US Senate has confirmed Ms. Kagan to be the next Justice on the US Supreme Court. She is the 4th woman to be appointed to the high court, and is Pres. Obama’s 2nd appointment in his Presidency. Despite questions about her lack of judicial experience, and her stance regarding the military recruitment officers on the campus of Harvard Law School, Ms. Kagan was able to keep most of the Democrat bloc in the Senate on her side.

      Ms. Kagan is replacing Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced his retirement in April. It is presumed that Ms. Kagan’s appointment will keep the balance of the court on the conservative side on most issues. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who in recent years has battled cancer, and whose husband recently passed away, has said that she is excited about having another woman on the bench, and that she has no plans of retiring anytime soon. Court watchers say that if Obama has the opportunity to make a third appointment to the bench, he will be able to establish his leftist liberal mark on the Court.

     The left is already blasting Barack Obama for choosing the Solicitor General,  Elena Kagan, to fill the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Many see this choice as moving the Court more toward the conservative right, instead of toward the left views of the likes of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

      A particular “endorsement” of Ms. Kagan comes from the Solictor General under Pres. George W. Bush, Ted Olsen, who believes that Ms. Kagan is a qualified nominee. Olsen appreciates Ms. Kagan’s views of the Constitution in its “strict” terms. Others, like the Federalist Society, have said that Obama has chosen “an individual who places a higher premium on political progressivism than adherence to the set of laws that have made this country strong and free,” said David McIntosh, a former Republican congressman and the co-founder of the conservative Federalist Society.

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     Unnamed White House sources are saying that Barack Obama will name the Solicitor General Elena Kagan to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, probably on Monday or Tuesday. Other White House sources say the President is still in the review process.

     FOXNews, through Major Garrett, has reported that Kagan, the former Dean of Harvard Law School, is the likely nominee, and the rationale for the choice supports her appointment:

                       (1) Ms. Kagan has NOT served on the judiciary, thus she will have a far shorter “paper trail” that might trip up her nomination,

                       (2) Ms. Kagan is a known acquaintance to the Obama White House,

                      (3) As Solicitor General, Ms. Kagan has already gone through the Senate confirmation process, which would enable the Senate Judiciary committee to move forward without a great deal of delay on her hearings,

                      (4) Having already been confirmed as Solicitor General by the Senate, Ms. Kagan is a choice that is less likely to be the subject of a filibuster from the minority party.

       The choice of Elena Kagan would appear to be a “safe” choice for the Obama administration, perhaps signalling that they are not up to the expenditure of a great deal of political capital as the midterm elections loom on the horizon. Or, given her close ties to the Obama White House, perhaps they view her as one of their pawns on upcoming cases, such as campaign reform and ObamaCare. A word of caution to the Obama White House: the choice of a close associate backfired on George W. Bush, when he nominated Harriett Meiers to the high Court, as she later withdrew her name.

      Abortion groups and gay marriage groups, on both sides of the issues, will be watching her appointment and confirmation process carefully and closely.

     As was expected, Justice John Paul Stevens, who will turn 90 in a few days, has submitted his resignation from the United States Supreme Court. This will enable Barack Obama to make his second Supreme Court appointment.

    As far as changes in Court thinking, many expect Stevens’ replacement to have similar ideology, and a dramatic shift in the Court is not expected. Similarly, the next presumed vacancy is expected to be Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and that would probably not alter the Court dramatically as well. However, a vacancy after Justice Ginsberg, or instead of Justice Ginsberg before Obama leaves office on January 20, 2013 could move the Court in the direction of Obama’s social justice agenda.

     Interesting Court Watch!

     U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, one of the liberal voices on the bench, has announced that she hhas been diagnosed with the pancreatic cancer, said to be in its early stages. This is the same form of cancer that actor Patrick Swayze has been battling since last spring.

     It has been said that President Obama will most likely have the opportunity to fill several seats on the Court during the next few years, and presumably the first he would have to fill would be that of Justice Stevens, who is 88. Stevens was appointed to the Court 34 years ago by President Ford.

     Justice Ginsberg, 75, was appointed to the bench 16 years ago by President Bill Clinton.

      The balance of the Court may soon begin to lean to far to the left!