Retired Supreme Court Justice: Kavanaugh does not belong on high court

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

On Thursday, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens told an audience of retirees in Florida that he now opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Ford gave an emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, telling senators she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh assaulted her when he was a 17-year-old student at Georgetown Preparatory School in Maryland.

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

Kavanaugh also testified last week that allegations against him were being fuelled by "pent-up anger" over the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Stevens, 98, has reportedly praised Kavanaugh in the past for his work as a judge, specifically in the 2014 book, "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution". 'It's an incredibly important thing for the court to guard is this reputation of being impartial, being neutral and not being simply extension of a terribly polarizing process'. "And it's not so clear that, you know, I think going forward that sort of middle position - you know, it's not so clear whether we'll have it".

He says commentators have argued that Kavanaugh's Senate testimony last week showed a potential for political bias.

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But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote on Saturday on confirming the conservative federal appeals judge for a lifetime job on the top US court.

"For the good of the court", he said, "it's not healthy to get a new justice that can only do a part-time job".

Stevens, who was appointed to the bench by Republican President Gerald Ford in 1975, retired from the Supreme Court in 2010.

Stevens said political leaders and the court have failed to fix the nation's confidence in the judicial branch's separation from the president and the legislature.

"You can not help but like Clarence Thomas, which I don't think necessarily would be true of this particular nominee", he added.

"The complaints do not pertain to any conduct in which Judge Kavanaugh engaged as a judge", Henderson said in a statement. "I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability ..." Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegations later in the hearing, calling the hearing a "circus" and sparring with Democrats as they questioned him about his drinking and character.

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