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Kavanaugh, in a speech, lauded Rehnquist for dissenting in Roe vs. Wade and supporting school prayer

WASHINGTON - Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, gave a revealing speech last fall in which he lauded former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist for having dissented in Roe vs. Wade and for rejecting the notion of "a wall of separation between church and state."

He also praised the late chief justice's unsuccessful effort to throw out the so-called "exclusionary rule," which forbids police from using illegally obtained evidence.

All three of areas of law - abortion, religion and police searches - are likely to be in flux if Kavanaugh is confirmed and joins the Supreme Court this fall.

Kavanaugh's comments are significant because they were in a speech, not a court opinion in which

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