August 5th, 2010
07:35 AM ET
8 years ago

Kagan expected to be confirmed to the Supreme Court


 Elena Kagan is expected to be confirmed as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - Elena Kagan is expected to be confirmed as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court Thursday and could be sworn into her judicial post by week's end.

On Wednesday, the influential Mexican American Legal Defense Fund decided not to endorse the 50-year-old solicitor general and to remain "neutral."

"This rare decision comes because Kagan's record as an attorney is too ambiguous for MALDEF to make an informed determination about her current knowledge and potential understanding of Latino legal concerns," the group's president, Thomas Saenz, wrote in a commentary written for the online news Website the Huffington Post.

The group, founded in 1968, is a national non-profit civil rights organization focusing on Latino issues.

Five Republicans have so far signaled their intention to vote for Kagan, meaning conservatives don't have the strength in numbers to delay the proceedings with a filibuster.

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  1. Gil

    Now if there would be one of the conservative nut case right wing judges who would leave the Robert's SC maybe we could make it moderate. They have rolled back campaign reform by allowing unlimited funding both domestic and foreign, rolled back the Miranda rights that police need, and now have local laws against carrying guns negated. I think the killings out east of 8 people, by a gun owner, shows how guns are being used rather than protecting people. Each day the papers are filled with the killing of civilians and family members rather than any intruders!

    August 5, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    For the majority of citizens who are opposed to same sex marriage or Obozocare, this will be another nail in the coffin. Obozo and the libs can trample over our rights and views by utilizing judicial activists like Kagan and Sotemayor. Liberals must be gotten out of the government if we want our rights and views respected and we can start in November by tossing out all of the democrats. We have to make the party of "we know how to spend your money better than you do" and their union masters obsolete.

    August 5, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. Don

    I am sure that she will be an excellent judge; I want to wish the Honorable John Paul Stevens a wonderful retirement!

    August 5, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Marge

    Such a refeshing addition to the Court. After Roberts and Alitio we sure can use honest, caring and compassionate people.\

    Now if we can replace Thomas Scalia, Roberts and Alitio the Court will be human and for the AMERICAN PEOPLE and not corporations again.

    August 5, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Now is the time for all the crazy right wingnut conspiracy theorists to come forward with their inane accusations. It will be good to get a person on the court who is willing to stand up for the U.S. Constitution, not the one created by the baggers and Fox news. To Fox viewers: you cannot vote away people's guaranteed constitutional rights, you right wing anti Americans!

    August 5, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. The reality is...

    Kagan should not sit on any court. She is biased and will strive to serve the "Progressives" who have no regard for our Constitution and are whittling away our freedom.

    August 5, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. anagram_kid

    Another victory for our great president! Congratulations to President Obama and Ms. Kagan.

    August 5, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. JonDie

    Republicans appointed the gang of four corporate-sponsored fascists, Scalia, Alito, Thomas and Roberts, so we shouldn't there be a little balance?

    August 5, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Elena Kagan will be confirmed and will prove to be a valuable addition to the Supreme Court, despite the lunatic rantings of Limboob, Beck, Coulter, and all the other fringiacs.

    August 5, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Orlando Patriot

    How can we confirm a person to the Supreme Court that has NEVER been a justice or, at the very least, has a historical record to compare against? Of course if we can elect a Community Organizer with very little historical record and with NO private sector experience as president I guess anything is possible.

    The problem is we can get rid of our incompetent Community Organizer in Chief in 2012 but Kagan will be on the bench for what could be 40 years or more. Doesn't the rest of the country see a SERIOUS problem with this?
    Of course when the lemmings voted for Obama in 2008 that was the start of the final decline in this country so who gives a tiny rats behind that Obama nominates an incompetent person to the Supreme Court. It's just par for the course. Say goodbye to the country that we have always loved and adored...........

    August 5, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. roro

    You go, girl!! You'll be a terrific and welcome counterbalance to the conservatives on the Supreme Court – a real breath of fresh air.

    August 5, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. The Constitution needs updating badly

    Who would have guessed it.If the Greeks and Romans could see us now,they would be laughing their brains out.

    August 5, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. New Age Independant

    It's unfortunate that this was the best Obama could do given the more qualified individuals that were available. This will go down as one of Obama's worst decisions, even moreso than Biden.

    August 5, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. better for it

    good, get it done and move to the next matter

    August 5, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |