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

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

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

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said Thursday that he does not support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

"I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability", he said, according to The Palm Beach Post.

"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.

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. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administered the Constitutional Oath and retired Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy administered the Judicial Oath in a private ceremony later today in the Justices' Conference Room at the Supreme Court.

During his September 27 testimony, Kavanaugh denied a sexual assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford and complained of "an orchestrated political hit".

"I think that that, institutionally, has hurt the court a lot and may continue to do so, ' Sotomayor, who was appointed by Barack Obama in 2009 said about the legal theories Democrats and Republicans have 'superimposed on the court".


At the heart of Stevens' critique was Kavanaugh's highly partisan speech defending himself against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegation. Almost 1,000 law professors signed a letter this week that said he "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land".

Stevens was nominated to the bench by President Gerald Ford in 1975.

In the book, Stevens praised a decision from Kavanaugh.

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

Trump, himself accused by numerous women during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct, wrote on Twitter that the Federal Bureau of Investigation report showed that the allegations against Kavanaugh were 'totally uncorroborated'. 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.

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