Kavanaugh does not belong on Supreme Court, says retired justice Stevens

Kavanaugh does not belong on Supreme Court, says retired justice Stevens

Kavanaugh does not belong on Supreme Court, says retired justice Stevens

In 2010, Stevens retired from the bench after serving for 35 years - one of the longest tenured justices in history.

Retired US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said on Thursday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh does not belong on the high court because of "potential bias" he showed in his recent Senate confirmation hearing.

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've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability", Stevens said, the news outlet reported.

Two Associate Supreme Court Justices are anxious for the future of the highest court in the federal judiciary after Justice Anthony Kennedy leaves.

Stevens says that the courts have been unable to restore the nation's confidence that it is an impartial referee.

"I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said".

Kagan added: "It's not so clear, I think, going forward, that that sort of middle position - it's not so clear whether we'll have it".

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Stevens said during an event in front of a small crowd that Kavanaugh's performance last week during his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee caused him to change his mind about Kavanaugh's suitability for the court.

Ford testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in 1982 when both were high school students.

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

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. In his retirement, he has called for the Second Amendment to be repealed.

Mr Kavanaugh rejected those allegations, as well as further sexual misconduct claims from two other women.

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.

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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