Retired Justice Stevens opposes Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Hannah Rogers
October 7, 2018

One of the longest-serving justices in Supreme Court history thinks it would be a mistake to put Brett Kavanaugh on the court. Joe Manchin of West Virginia voting in favor. With fellow swing voter Sen.

Associate Justices of the Supreme Court Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor said they are concerned the court's legitimacy could be undermined if it is viewed as politically divided.

He is expected to be confirmed Saturday in a largely party-line vote. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), a "yes" vote, does not have to skip his daughter's wedding.

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

Stevens, a lifelong Republican who is known for falling on the liberal side of several judicial rulings, praised Kavanaugh and one of his rulings on a political contribution case in the 2014 book "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution". 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".

"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.

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"At that time, I thought [Kavanaugh] had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected", Stevens said, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Ford testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in 1982 when both were high school students. In the past several weeks, he has been accused of engaging in gang rapes and sexual misconduct dating back more than three decades - claims that he has denied and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a supplemental inquiry concluded earlier this week, could not corroborate.

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

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.

"We don't have an army, we don't have any money, the only way we get people to do what we say that they should do is because people respect us and respect our fairness", Kagan said in an NJ.com report.

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