Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens offered his irrelevant opinion on Thursday that judicial nominee Brett Kavanaugh should not ascend to the highest court in the land. Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter and Anthony Kennedy, whom Kavanaugh was nominated to replace, have not said anything about the nomination process. "I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability", said Stevens, according to the Post "I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind".

"His performance in the hearings changed my mind", Stevens said, the Palm Beach Post first reported.

Stevens cited commentary by Harvard University law professor Laurence Tribe and others suggesting Kavanaugh had raised doubts about his political impartiality when he asserted that sexual misconduct accusations he faced stemmed from an "orchestrated political hit" funded by left-wing groups seeking "revenge on behalf of the Clintons".

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Stevens said "there's merit" to the criticism that the testimony demonstrated a potential for political bias "and I think the senators should really pay attention to that".

Former justices do not normally comment on pending Supreme Court nominations, and Stevens is the only living former justice to comment on whether Kavanaugh should be confirmed.

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".

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On Thursday, Stevens noted that both senators and commentators said Kavanaugh's defense of his reputation crossed a line.

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"I thought that (Kavanaugh) wrote a very persuasive opinion" on that subject, Stevens said, "and as a matter of fact I put his picture in the book to illustrate my admiration for it".

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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. Patrick Leahy, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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