Sources: Judge with New Orleans ties on Trump shortlist for Supreme Court vacancy

A federal appeals court judge with New Orleans roots is among President Donald Trump’s top three choices to fill the seat on the Supreme Court bench left vacant by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to a person familiar with Trump’s thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is the only woman among the three people said to be finalists. The other two, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, are also federal appeals court judges.

With customary fanfare, Trump plans to announce his selection Monday night. But as he builds suspense for his second court pick in two years — a nominee who could tip the balance toward conservatives and revisit landmark rulings on abortion access, gay marriage and other issues — momentum is also growing among GOP supporters and detractors of the top contenders…


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