Retired Supreme Court Justice: Brett Kavanaugh does not belong on high court

07 October, 2018, 14:30 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy refused to comment on the Kavanaugh scandal when asked about it last month, but did offer a vague statement about the state of democracy.

"I think there's merit to that criticism and I think the senators should pay attention to that", Stevens said.

In the book, Stevens praised a decision from Kavanaugh.

"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.

He says commentators have argued that Kavanaugh's Senate testimony last week showed a potential for political bias.

He said he had changed his views for reasons that have "really no relationship to his intellectual ability or his record as a federal judge", and added that "he's a fine federal judge".

He appeared poised to be confirmed after days of wild confirmation hearings in early September, but his future was thrown into doubt when psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations against the judge surfaced in the New Yorker and Washington Post weeks later.

By the time of his retirement in 2010, Stevens had served on the Court longer than all by two justices in the nation's history and rose to lead the Court's left-wing faction, despite having been appointed by Republican president Gerald Ford.

In a video from CSPAN, Stevens explains that he believes Kavanaugh is intellectually capable, but that "his performance" during the hearing does not represent the objectivity we should expect of a nominee to the country's highest court.

The Senate is set to vote for cloture tomorrow and confirmation on Saturday.

In his appearance at an event for retirees in Boca Raton, Stevens said he initially thought Kavanaugh should be selected for the Supreme Court because he had the qualifications for the job.

Stevens is famously a lifelong Republican-though he just as famously sided with the liberal wing of the court on several hot-button issues over the years.

"You can not help but like Clarence Thomas, which I don't think necessarily would be true of this particular nominee", he added.

Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court, denied the allegations, delivering a fiery defense that opened with accusations that Ford's allegations were part of an elaborate political coup d'état.


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