Ex-Supreme Court justice is no longer a Brett Kavanaugh fan

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

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

Stevens decried the partisan politics that have shrouded the judiciary branch in recent years.

Perhaps sealing his fate as a liberal justice in the public imagination-though that's not entirely true-was Stevens' lengthy dissent in the landmark case of Bush v. Gore.

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

"I think that that institution has hurt the court a lot, and may continue to do so", Sotomayor said. Several thousand protesters gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, marching to the Hart Senate Office Building for a protest in the atrium, the New York Times reports.

"I've never been a political person", he added.

Associate Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor in an appearance at Princeton University on Friday cautioned against allowing "partisanship" to taint the nation's high court.

"We live in this world where it's just the nine of us", Kagan said. "And that's enabled the court to look as though it was not owned by one side or another, and was indeed impartial and neutral and fair".

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Stevens noted to the crowd Thursday that he has previously praised Kavanaugh.

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

During his September 27 testimony, Kavanaugh denied a sexual assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford and complained of "an orchestrated political hit".

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.

Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court, denied the allegations, delivering a fiery defense that opened with accusations that Ford's allegations were part of an elaborate political coup d'état.

Kavanaugh had spent more than three years working for Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

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