Retired Supreme Court Justice Changes Mind on Kavanaugh

John Paul Stevens Opposes Kavanaugh: Thursday Hearing 'Changed My Mind'

Kavanaugh shouldn’t be confirmed, retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens says

As the Senate prepares to vote on Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court, retired SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens reportedly said that Kavanaugh's testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week should disqualify him from serving on the highest court.

At one point during the hearing, he called the Democrat's behaviour during his nomination process "an embarrassment", which led to the left to accuse Kavanaugh of showing bias not appropriate for the court. According to The Palm Beach Post, Stevens noted that before the testimony in question, he thought Kavanaugh "had the qualifications" to be a justice until seeing his testimony last Thursday. "But I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind".

"I think there's merit to that criticism and I think the senators should really pay attention that". He was nominated by former President Gerald Ford and is a lifelong Republican.

After Stevens' comments were reported, Democratic Sen.

Stevens decried the partisan politics that have shrouded the judiciary branch in recent years. He notably wrote a scathing dissent in the Bush v. Gore decision in 2000. Several thousand protesters gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, marching to the Hart Senate Office Building for a protest in the atrium, the New York Times reports.

He criticized the First Amendment flag-burning case in 1989, and Thursday stood by the stance that the act of flag-burning should be illegal.

"I agree with Justice Stevens", Leahy tweeted.

The presence of O'Connor and Kennedy "enabled the court to look as though it was not owned by one side or another and was indeed impartial and neutral and fair", Kagan said to an audience at Princeton University. Stevens, now 98 years old, retired from the Supreme Court in 2010.

"The attacks on Kavanaugh are politics, but they've evolved to nearly brutality like the Roman Colosseum", Udell said. That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me.

The allegations were made by California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford and former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez.

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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