Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Kavanaugh Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice Saturday

Kavanaugh Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice Saturday

Speaking just hours after the U.S. Senate cleared the way for Brett Kavanaugh to be confirmed as the newest justice after a bitter partisan fight, Kagan said Friday the court benefited from having Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy serving as centrists over the past 30-plus years.

'I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability...

Stevens said he, too, has come to believe that Kavanaugh, a United States appellate judge, "demonstrated a potential bias involving enough potential litigants before the (high) court that he would not be able to perform his full responsibilities".

"Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the victor of this year's presidential election, the identity of the loser is clear", Stevens wrote in the strongly worded dissent.

During his talk, the 98-year-old was asked his thoughts on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Since leaving the court, he has suggested repealing the Second Amendment as a response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and has called for revising the Eighth Amendment to abolish the death penalty.

"The senators should pay attention to this", Stevens said.

He criticized the First Amendment flag-burning case in 1989, and Thursday stood by the stance that the act of flag-burning should be illegal. Stevens was a lifelong Republican but was considered liberal in his judicial rulings. During the hearing, Kavanaugh consistently harassed Democratic Senators, asking them what alcohol they preferred, and if they had ever blacked out. "It's all so one-sided".

Late on Saturday, Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 102nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018.

But his Senate confirmation process had been roiled by the allegations from Dr Christine Blasey Ford and took place amid an atmosphere of bitter political partisanship in Washington.

Stevens doesn't even bring up the possibility that Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women; the fact that Kavanaugh was unable to hide his obstinately biased opinions is enough to disqualify him.

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.

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