Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Ex-justice Stevens: Kavanaugh should not serve on Supreme Court

Ex-justice Stevens: Kavanaugh should not serve on Supreme Court

"They suggest that he has demonstrated a potential bias involving enough potential litigants before the court that he would not be able to perform his full responsibilities", Stevens said in remarks to retirees in Boca Raton, Florida.

"I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability", said Stevens, who is 98.

"But I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind", Stevens said, noting that prominent law professors, including Laurence Tribe, a law professor at Harvard, were also critical of Kavanaugh's statements.

"The senators should pay attention to this", Stevens said. 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. That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me.

Brenner agreed with Stevens that Kavanaugh's "demeanor" was not befitting of a Supreme Court justice.

"I think that that institution has hurt the court a lot, and may continue to do so", Sotomayor said.

At the heart of Stevens' critique was Kavanaugh's highly partisan speech defending himself against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegation.

Stevens said political leaders and the court have failed to fix the nation's confidence in the judicial branch's separation from the president and the Legislature.

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Kavanaugh's arrival to succeed the now-retired Kennedy will give the court a solid five-justice conservative bloc, with Chief Justice John Roberts likely determining how quickly the court will move.

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

"Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the victor of this year's presidential election, the identity of the loser is clear", Stevens wrote in the strongly worded dissent.

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

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

Since his retirement, Stevens has penned a handful of opinion pieces for the New York Times calling for dramatic liberal reform.

In an emotionally charged hearing September 27, Ford testified that a drunken Kavanaugh had forced himself on her at a gathering when they were teenagers in the early 1980s.

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