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Here’s What It Was Like Inside Justice Kavanaugh’s First Supreme Court Argument

  • Supreme Court justice full of questions in first arguments
  • A playful pinch lightens session after bitter Senate fight
Brett Kavanaugh pauses while speaking during a ceremonial swearing-in event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2018.
Brett Kavanaugh pauses while speaking during a ceremonial swearing-in event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2018.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s first morning on the Supreme Court provided a few moments of comic relief after his bitter confirmation fight.

Two hour-long arguments Tuesday were sprinkled with jokes, displays of courtesy and a stream of questions from the new justice on the reach of a law that imposes stiff sentences on some people convicted of federal gun crimes.