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Kagan's Supreme Court investiture ceremony to be held Friday

By the CNN Wire Staff
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice of the court in August
  • She is not expected to change court's ideological balance
  • She is confirmed on a mostly party-line vote

Washington (CNN) -- A formal investiture ceremony will take place Friday for Elena Kagan during a special sitting of the Supreme Court.

Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice of the court in August. The 2 p.m. event on Friday is a formal affair where the authority of the office is conferred.

The Senate confirmed Kagan 63-37 on August 5 on a mostly party-line vote.

She joins a closely divided court that often splits in favor of a shaky 5-4 conservative majority. Despite no judicial record to draw clues on the kind of justice she would become, White House officials had quietly assured allies Kagan would be a "reliable" liberal vote similar to John Paul Stevens, whom Kagan replaces on the bench.

She is, therefore, not expected to tilt the current ideological balance on the high court.

Video: Kagan sworn in
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Among the cases she will confront in her first term will be disputes over noisy protests at military funerals, state bans on violent video games and the death penalty.

High-profile appeals that may reach the court in the next couple of years include Arizona's sweeping immigration reform law; California's ban on same-sex marriage; and a challenge to health care mandates passed by Congress this spring.

CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears contributed to this report.