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Most recently in the Bill Cosby legal drama, it was reported that Cosby finally filed the petition for certiorari seeking to overturn the California Supreme Court, and rather follow the federal First and Third Circuit courts of appeal.

On the criminal front, Cosby will be sentenced this September, and it has been reported that he will be considered a Tier III sexual predator and listed as a sex offender for the rest of his life. However, that's not what the High Court's being asked to consider. Rather Cosby is asking SCOTUS whether: "an attorney's statement denying wrongdoing on behalf of a client who has been publicly accused of serious misconduct enjoys constitutional protection"?

If you somehow happened to miss the blockbuster documentary about the Supreme Court's most celebrated justice, RBG, you're in luck, maybe. The new biopic about Justice Ginsburg chronicling her pre-SCOTUS justice life as an advocate for women's rights, is set to release this year on Christmas Day.

This week, the trailer for "On the Basis of Sex" was released. As some outlets are reporting, the biopic fictionalizes and sensationalizes Justice Ginsburg akin to prior companion biopics, and features "ragingly hot Hollywood stars." It's expected that the biopic will dwarf the documentary's box office receipts, and is expected to be an Oscar contender.

Since the retirement of Justice Kennedy was announced, the nation's been patiently waiting to find out who President Trump would nominate. Yesterday, in the evening, President Trump announced that Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals was his pick.

Interestingly, as speculated by the ABA back in November, Trump added Judge Kavanaugh to the short-list of nominees as a sort of enticement to Justice Kennedy. Kavanaugh was a former clerk to Justice Kennedy, and the White House did release a statement claiming Kavanaugh would be a frontrunner for the nomination (which was believed, at the time, to be designed to help ease Justice Kennedy's potential apprehensions about retirement).

As President Trump's newest SCOTUS nomination is expected to be announced today, it seems like a good time to look back at some of the most contentious, and worst, Supreme Court justice nominations and hearings throughout history.

As IU Law professor and legal scholar Charles Gardner Geyh, discussing how nominations have been terminally delayed several times before President Trump ever even considered a run at the Presidency, explained:

"There is this tendency to view history through rose-colored glasses from time to time, and to suggest we've never been this political. In reality, we have always had a highly politicized selection process."

Here are five of the toughest nomination fights that might make you wish you could un-ring the bell (again, for some of you readers out there) in some cases, that is.

Is Trump's Supreme Court Nominee a Shoo-In, No Matter Who It Is?

Yes, it appears President Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court is a shoo-in, whoever it is.

To be historically clear, a "shoo-in" does not mean what it used to mean. In the 1930s, it denoted the winner of a rigged horse race.

In 2018, it means that the Republicans already have the votes to confirm the nominee. The Democrats don't stand a chance in this horse race.

Some Supreme Court correspondents have suggested that Justice Kagan has been ruling with her conservative colleagues a little bit more frequently, signaling that she is moving more to the right on the political spectrum, or seeking to play the "long-game" to garner support.

If you see these opinions, you might want to think about just skipping over them. Justice Kagan's dissenting opinion in this term's Janus case makes abundantly clear that she's not likely to be part of the conservative majority unless they're deciding the case like she is. In her strongly worded dissent, Justice Kagan calls out the majority, basically calling them the "black-robed rulers overriding citizens' choices."

The 2017-2018 SCOTUS term has come to an end, and adding to the whirlwind of the last week of the term, Justice Kennedy announced his retirement as well.

Though the big retirement news has dominated the headlines, looking back over the High Court's term, there were some rather significant decisions that will likely have major impacts moving forward. Pundits from multiple news services have chimed in, and SCOTUSblog will be hosting a symposium next week.

In what seems to be one of those times where the High Court majority would have been better off not saying anything at all, Justice Roberts writing for the majority in Trump v. Hawaii, stated: "Korematsu has nothing to do with this case."

Naturally, given the controversial subject matter of the travel ban case, that statement was not likely to go un-responded to in the media and by legal scholars. And though the mention of Korematsu was borne out of the dissent's criticism of the majority's opinion, as many pundits (and the dissent) point out, Justice Roberts' statements on Korematsu belied conventional logic.

Kennedy: How Far Did He Swing?

Justice Anthony Kennedy did not like to be called "the swing vote."

"The cases swing," he said at a Harvard Law School event. "I don't."

As much as he tried to laugh it off, however, Kennedy's reputation stuck with him through his last Supreme Court case. Some observers say his position changed over the years, but that's how he got there. Here are some of the cases that Kennedy swung most dramatically.

A Shorter List of Potential Nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court

In the whirlwind of reports since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, most of it has focused on President Trump's list of possible replacements on the U.S. Supreme Court.

There are 25 names on the list, which leaves a lot of room for speculation. Trump has said only that his nominee will come from the list, and that it will be a person who can serve for many years.

For various reasons, some potentials are non-starters. Here are three who stand a better chance.