Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Retired Justice Stevens: Kavanaugh's Temperament Disqualifies Him

John Paul Stevens Opposes Kavanaugh: Thursday Hearing 'Changed My Mind' Why Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Has Stopped Supporting Brett Kavanaugh
Leonard Rios | 07 October, 2018, 14:35

Without mentioning Kavanaugh by name or referring to the confirmation fight, the two justices sought to distance themselves from the political rancor that has enveloped Washington over his nomination.

"But I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind", the retired Supreme Court justice said.

'At that time, I thought (Kavanaugh) had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected, ' Stevens said in comments reported by the Palm Beach Post. Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegations later in the hearing, calling the hearing a "circus" and sparring with Democrats as they questioned him about his drinking and character.

Stevens even once praised Kavanaugh directly in a book he wrote in 2014.

One of the women, Christine Blasey Ford, gave sworn testimony before the committee last Thursday before Kavanaugh gave his own statement. "There's nothing that Clarence did in the hearings that disqualified him from sitting in cases after he came on the court", Justice Stevens said.

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"The senators should pay attention to this", Stevens said.

Current and former justices on the Supreme Court, in keeping with their traditional reluctance to engage in heated political matters for fear of compromising the court's appearance of neutrality, generally have not weighed in on the allegations surrounding Kavanaugh. Stevens also noted on Thursday that the partisan political influence over the high court was "worse" than ever. But, he added, "I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability".

The Senate voted 51 to 49 on Friday morning to invoke cloture, which gives the Senate a maximum of 30 hours to debate. "It's not healthy to get a new justice that can only do a part-time job". "He's a fine federal judge". In the past several weeks, he has been accused of engaging in gang rapes and sexual misconduct dating back more than three decades - claims that he has denied and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a supplemental inquiry concluded earlier this week, could not corroborate.

"I know we talk about right, left, liberal and conservative, but to me, we need judges like I think Judge Kavanaugh will be ... ones that will interpret the Constitution and the laws as written, and not be freelancing when it comes to making public policy", the Texas Republican said.

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