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Former SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens Condemns Kavanaugh :: Politics :: News :: Brett Kavanaugh
07 October 2018, 02:30 | Tara Lloyd
Why Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Has Stopped Supporting Brett Kavanaugh
Speaking at a event for retirees in Boca Raton, Florida, the 98-year-old retired justice was asked his opinion on Kavanaugh.
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.
Stevens added, "I've never really been a political person".
'I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability...
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Opposition to Kavanaugh grew 4 percentage points after the hearing, apparently driven by people who previously were undecided. Trump initially was deferential to Ford, describing her late last week as a "very fine woman" and a "credible witness".
"The complaints do not pertain to any conduct in which Judge Kavanaugh engaged as a judge", Henderson said in a statement. For weeks, Kavanaugh said, some Democrats were "lying in wait" with Ford's allegation, ready to use it "only if you couldn't take me out on the merits".
Current and former justices on the Supreme Court, in keeping with their traditional reluctance to engage in heated political matters for fear of compromising the court's appearance of neutrality, generally have not weighed in on the allegations surrounding Kavanaugh. He's a fine federal judge, and he should have been confirmed when he was nominated.
Stevens says that the courts have been unable to restore the nation's confidence that it is an impartial referee. "There's nothing that Clarence did in the hearings that disqualified him from sitting in cases after he came on the court", Justice Stevens said.
"You can not help but like Clarence Thomas, which I don't think necessarily would be true of this particular nominee", he added.
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He served from 1975 until his retirement in 2010.
In March, Stevens stirred up a frenzy on the right after he wrote an op-ed for the New York Times calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment in the wake of the March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C.
Thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court and entered a Senate office building, holding signs such as "Believe Survivors" and 'Kava-Nope'. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who broke with her party on Friday who voted against advancing (against a cloture motion to end Senate debate) Kavanaugh's nomination, voted "present".
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'.
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