Kavanaugh does not belong on Supreme Court, retired judge says

Why Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Has Stopped Supporting Brett Kavanaugh

Why Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Has Stopped Supporting Brett Kavanaugh

Retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy refused to comment on the Kavanaugh scandal when asked about it last month, but did offer a vague statement about the state of democracy.

Stevens said he had admired Kavanaugh's judicial work and had written positively about it in one of his books, "Six Amendments", which proposed a number of changes to the Constitution.

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.

"I think there's merit to that criticism, and I think the senators should really pay attention that", Stevens, who is 98, said at a closed event hosted by a retirement group, The Institute for Learning.

Kavanaugh opponents held nationwide protests on Thursday, including a demonstration across the street from the ABA's headquarters in Chicago.

'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 his dissent.

Comments by two crucial Republican senators - Jeff Flake and Susan Collins - indicated the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, which was the latest twist in the pitched political battle over Kavanaugh, may have allayed their concerns about Kavanaugh.

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"I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability", Stevens said, according to The Hill.

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

Stevens retired from the Supreme Court in 2010, after serving for more than 35 years. President Gerald Ford nominated Stevens to the court.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said the court could find itself without a swing vote in the coming years and risk losing legitimacy in the eyes of the public.

In a video from CSPAN, Stevens explains that he believes Kavanaugh is intellectually capable, but that "his performance" during the hearing does not represent the objectivity we should expect of a nominee to the country's highest court.

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

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