Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Opposes Kavanaugh

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said he opposes Brett Kavanaugh's nomination Bill Clark via Getty Images Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said he opposes Brett Kavanaugh's nomination
| 07 October, 2018, 12:48

He is expected to be confirmed Saturday in a largely party-line vote. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voting against cloture, and Democratic Sen. Kavanaugh denies the allegations. However, that changed when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.

"Like many decent people from both parties, I have been disgusted by the unsubstantiated 36-year-old smears aimed at Brett Kavanaugh", the campaign description reads. I might have been too emotional at times.

"The first thing I did was take that picture down", she said.

Asked whether questions raised about Kavanaugh's credibility during the hearings should be disqualifying, Stevens said, "Not necessarily". "I believe that an independent and impartial judiciary is essential to our constitutional republic".

Stevens, a lifelong Republican who is known for falling on the liberal side of several judicial rulings, praised Kavanaugh and one of his rulings on a political contribution case in the 2014 book "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution".

"I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind", Stevens said in a live interview at an event in Boca Raton, Florida, the Palm Beach Post reported.


Commentators, Stevens said, have argued that Kavanaugh's blistering testimony during a September 27 hearing on sexual misconduct allegations demonstrated a potential for political bias should he serve on the Supreme Court.

Stevens, who retired in 2010 after 35 years on the bench, stands as one of the longest-serving justices in history.

Initially, many Democrats and Republicans thought Kavanaugh would sail through his confirmation hearings with little to no resistance. "The complaints seek investigations only of the public statements he has made as a nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States". Wrapping up, Stevens says that Senators need to be aware of Kavanaugh's partisan attitudes and that it would be unhealthy to bring on a judge that would "only do a part-time job". "It's not so clear that, you know, I think going forward, that sort of middle position, you know, it's not so clear whether we'll have it".

Kavanaugh opponents held nationwide protests on Thursday, including a demonstration across the street from the ABA's headquarters in Chicago. In his retirement, he has called for the Second Amendment to be repealed. Nine others were arrested on the fourth floor of Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Watch retired Justice John Paul Stevens' comments on Kavanaugh below.

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