Retired Justice Stevens: Kavanaugh's Temperament Disqualifies Him

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

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 98, spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination on Thursday in Florida.

At a forum at their alma mater on Friday, Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor anxious about how the bitter partisan battle over the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh will affect the high court's reputation. I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind'.

According to Sotomayor, the politicization of the court has been going on for years as "political parties have adopted the academic discussions" judges were having about how best to interpret the Constitution.

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.

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

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.

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He criticized the First Amendment flag-burning case in 1989, and Thursday stood by the stance that the act of flag-burning should be illegal.

While Roberts has dissented on many cases that Anthony supported, including the court's ruling to legalize gay marriage in 2015, he famously sided with the court's four liberals to uphold Obamacare in 2012.

She said that when she was 15 years old, Kavanaugh, who was 17 then, tried to rape her after drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

"The attacks on Kavanaugh are politics, but they've evolved to nearly brutality like the Roman Colosseum", Udell said.

Kavanaugh was widely criticised for his behaviour in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, when he defended himself against accusations lodged by Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were both in high school.

"The complaints do not pertain to any conduct in which Judge Kavanaugh engaged as a judge", Henderson said in a statement. 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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