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Brett Kavanaugh expected to take his seat on the Supreme Court bench Tuesday

Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as an associate

Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy at the White House on Monday evening. Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Brendan Smialowski

New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is expected to take the bench Tuesday following a bitter confirmation battle that roiled the country. 

The Senate on Saturday voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh. President Donald Trump in June nominated Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy created when Justice Anthony Kennedy retired.

The nomination was upended in mid-September after Christine Blasey Ford, a professor from California, said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a high school party more than three decades ago. The Senate Judicary Committee reopened the hearings, and both Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford testified about the allegation. 

Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday during a private ceremony, and on Monday night, he attended a White House ceremony presided over by Trump. He is the 102nd associate justice of the court.

A formal investiture ceremony will be held during a special sitting of the court at a date to be determined, according a news release issued by the Supreme Court.

The court's docket Tuesday includes three cases involving the definition of criminal statutes.

The first case, Stokeling v. United States, involves a felon's appeal of a firearms conviction.

The other cases — United States v. Stitt and United States v. Sims — ask the court to answer questions about the definition of burglary. 

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