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

05 October 2018, 10:45 | Erica Roy

Bill Clark via Getty Images Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said he opposes Brett Kavanaugh's nomination

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said he opposes Brett Kavanaugh's nomination

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 98, spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination on Thursday in Florida. In "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution", Stevens lauded the younger judge for a ruling he issued regarding political contributions.

"At that time, I thought [Kavanaugh] had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected", he said Thursday.

According to the Palm Beach Post's Lulu Ramadan, Stevens rubbished the increasingly likely prospect of a Kavanaugh installment on the Supreme Court. The Palm Beach Post first reported the comments. "I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind".

At a September 27 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Kavanaugh denied allegations of sexual assault as a teenager and said he was the victim of a "calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election".

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.

Stevens was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Gerald R. Ford and was known at the time as a moderate conservative.

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. Last March, Stevens penned an op-ed for the New York Times in which he called for the repeal of the Second Amendment, describing the concern that an unarmed populace is vulnerable to tyranny as "a relic of the 18th century". Stevens even once praised Kavanaugh directly in a book he wrote in 2014.

Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gather at the Hart Senate Office Building atrium on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

The Senate voted 51 to 49 on Friday morning to invoke cloture, which gives the Senate a maximum of 30 hours to debate.

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