Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Ex-Justice John Paul Stevens: Brett Kavanaugh should not be confirmed

Ex-Justice John Paul Stevens: Brett Kavanaugh should not be confirmed

U.S. Capitol Police stand guard at the East Front of the U.S. Capitol after demonstrators pushed through barricades and occupied the center steps while protesting against the pending confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement and personal recommendation led to Kavanaugh's nomination, refused to comment on the matter when asked last month. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced she will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, condemning the "gutter-level" debate surrounding his nomination.

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".

In this September 4, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Mr Kavanaugh rejected those allegations, as well as further sexual misconduct claims from two other women.

Although Justice Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor were not directly addressing the push to confirm Kavanaugh for SCOTUS, they spoke at a Princeton University conference on the eve of the all-important voting day for senators.

The retired Supreme Court justice said there is "merit" in the criticism that Kavanaugh "has demonstrated a potential bias involving enough potential (litigation) before the court that he would not be able to perform his full responsibilities".

Stevens served on the Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010. President Gerald Ford nominated Stevens to the court.

"But I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind", the retired Supreme Court justice said. "It is the nation's confidence in the judge as impartial guardian of the rule of law".

"We live in this world where it's just the nine of us", Kagan said.

"All of us need to be aware of that - every single one of us - and to realize how precious the court's legitimacy is", Kagan said.

Dr Blasey Ford testified last week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in the early 1980s while they were in high school. Kavanaugh called the dark allegations "revenge on behalf of the Clintons", referring to the time he spent working for independent counsel Ken Starr during the investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton's finances, which led to the president's impeachment.

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