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Kavanaugh Will Forgo Traditional Walk Down Supreme Court Steps

  • Court will skip usual photo opportunity after formal ceremony
  • Spokeswoman cites ‘security concerns’ for next week’s event
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Justice Kavanaugh Takes the Bench at U.S. Supreme Court

A formal ceremony next week at the U.S. Supreme Court for new Justice Brett Kavanaugh won’t include the traditional walk down the court’s front steps, the court’s spokeswoman said Friday, citing security concerns.

New justices normally walk down the court’s steps with the chief justice, providing an iconic photo opportunity, after their formal investiture ceremony at the court. Every new justice has done it since John Paul Stevens, who joined the court in 1975, said spokeswoman Kathy Arberg.