Renowned Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves her home in New York, on July 4, 2013. (Shutterstock)

2020 Election Live Updates: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Sets Off Battle Over Court Vacancy

The next hearing in the Supreme Court battle over whether Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be kept on the bench comes on September 18 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

It comes two days after the 84-year-old justice died at her New York home, after two years of declining health. She leaves an indelible mark on the bench as a consistent conservative advocate, and she long helped to keep matters affecting women and gay rights, on hold to safeguard social progress for middle class men.

The United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit will hear arguments. What could happen?

The legal system seems to be moving to the right. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals denied the New York Times’ petition to limit the justices’ ability to block nominations in any manner. The court also ruled Monday that the man who nominated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh cannot be allowed to join the court unless he is confirmed by the Senate. It’s still a long shot—assuming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reverses course and allows a vote—but this is a wakeup call about how much Washington is changing. The Trump administration is redefining political power, and that has implications for the courts and issues of importance that have long been uppermost to minorities and the poor.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, West and Cruz discussed how Washington is reversing decades of painstaking progress by putting more judges into the back door and making cases disappear.

Here are the live updates from Kennedy Center:

At 8:30 a.m. ET the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin consideration of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court justice. If you want to watch it live, it can be found at MSNBC’s daytime chat show North American on TV with Lawrence O’Donnell, Jonathan Turley, and Pete Williams.

Lawyers on both sides of the judicial nomination battle are setting up in a courtroom at 7:30 a.m. ET. If you want to watch it live, it can be found at NPR’s Prime Time Live.

The Supreme Court also meets for the hearing on October 2 to consider President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.