Senate to confirm Kagan as court`s 4th-ever woman
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 05, 2010, 16:14
Washington: Her confirmation assured, Elena Kagan is on the brink of becoming the fourth woman ever to serve as a Supreme Court justice.

The Senate is set to confirm today President Barack Obama's nominee, whose addition to the court will mark the first time three female justices have served concurrently.

Nearly all Democrats, the Senate's two independents and a handful of Republicans are backing her.

The vote is to be one of the Senate's last actions before departing for a monthlong vacation.

Republicans have harshly criticised Kagan, 50, as a political activist who would be unable to put aside her liberal views and render impartial decisions.

Democrats defend the former Harvard Law School dean as a highly qualified legal scholar who could help bring consensus to the polarised court.

She's not expected to alter the ideological balance there as she succeeds retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who is regarded as a leader of the court's liberal wing.

Kagan's nomination to a lifetime seat on America's highest court has garnered relatively little notice this summer, with the public and elected officials preoccupied by bad economic news and the Gulf oil spill, and many lawmakers nervously eyeing the November midterm congressional elections.


First Published: Thursday, August 05, 2010, 16:14

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