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Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Opposes Kavanaugh

07 October, 2018, 14:31 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Why Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Has Stopped Supporting Brett Kavanaugh

Two Associate Supreme Court Justices are anxious for the future of the highest court in the federal judiciary after Justice Anthony Kennedy leaves.

Ford testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in 1982 when both were high school students.

"I think there's merit in that criticism, and that the senators should really pay attention to it for the good of the court".

Stevens noted to the crowd Thursday that he has previously praised Kavanaugh.

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

"I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability", he said, according to The Palm Beach Post. An FBI report to the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh by California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford and former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez. "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".

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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.

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

Judge Kavanaugh now serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Justice Kagan did not mention Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by name but her comments came on the same day as Sen. "It's not healthy to get a new justice who can only do a par-time job", Stevens said.

Thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court and entered a Senate office building, holding signs such as "Believe Survivors" and 'Kava-Nope'. Writing for a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in Washington, Kavanaugh ruled two foreign citizens living in the United States on temporary work visas could not spend money to call for the election of American politicians.

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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