Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

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

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

US President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been a swing vote on a panel now equally divided between four conservative and four liberal justices.

Democrats who oppose his confirmation contend that Kavanaugh could harbor political bias in light of the fierce opposition he faces over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teen while in high school.

And the newspaper says Stevens says he thinks "there's merit to that criticism and I think the senators should really pay attention that".

Asked whether questions raised about Kavanaugh's credibility during the hearings should be disqualifying, Stevens said, "Not necessarily".

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. That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me.

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

One of the longest-serving justices in Supreme Court history thinks it would be a mistake to put Brett Kavanaugh on the court.

President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans gained confidence on Thursday that his nominee Kavanaugh would win Senate confirmation after two wavering lawmakers responded positively to an Federal Bureau of Investigation report on accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge.

Stevens also 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. Without mentioning Kavanaugh by name or referring to the confirmation fight, the two justices sought to distance themselves from the political rancor that has enveloped Washington over his nomination.

In his appearance at an event for retirees in Boca Raton, Stevens said he initially thought Kavanaugh should be selected for the Supreme Court because he had the qualifications for the job.

The 98-year-old, since retiring, called for the repeal of the Second Amendment in a New York Times op-ed earlier this year.

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'.

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