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Roberts asks for review of complaints against Kavanaugh

by Harvest Prude
Posted 10/11/18, 12:36 pm

WASHINGTON—Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to look into more than a dozen ethics complaints against newly seated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The complaints centered on Kavanaugh’s emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27 in response to Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of sexual assault that she said occurred while they were in high school. Kavanaugh, who denies the accusations, later wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he said he may have been “too emotional” during his testimony. After the testimony, more than 2,400 law professors signed a letter expressing concerns that Kavanaugh “displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court.”

Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where Kavanaugh previously served, dismissed some of the complaints as frivolous but settled on around a dozen as significant enough to warrant further investigation. She referred the complaints to Roberts, who directed the 10th Circuit to review them.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Thu, 10/11/2018 02:11 pm

    According to Judge Henderson's press release (linked to by Politico), "The complaints do not pertain to any conduct in which Judge Kavanaugh engaged as a judge.  The complaints seek investigations only of the public statements he has made as a nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States."

  •  notalemming's picture
    Posted: Thu, 10/11/2018 03:02 pm

    Which of us hasn't been emotional when faced with something so devastating as our integrity and livelihood being threatened?  As I watched Kavanaugh read his rebuttal to the accusations, and face the inquisition of the SJ, I, too, thought perhaps he was being too emotional.  But then I began thinking of times that I had to face something so fantastical and how my heart raced, felt like it was going to burst out of my chest, my voice cracking, and my mouth quivering.  This inquisition was not about his ability to sit on the Supreme Court, but whether he was innocent (he was already considered guilty) of a crime made by an accuser who could not corroborate her accusations.  We need to be more circumspect when it comes to how people are interpreted when faced with such accusations.  Think back to when Bill Clinton was accused of his liasons and consequently perjury.  His responses were smooth, calculated, unemotional in comparison.  And yet, he's a liar.  Obama was/is the same.  Smooth talking, charismatic people are more suspicious to me than someone who becomes emotional when faced with life changing accusations.  Apparantly the Clintons and Obamas are immune to justice, just look how well they talked their way out of the mud.     

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 10/11/2018 03:59 pm

    I think this is a “due diligence” process with the intent of forestalling some of the “we raised legitimate issues and they did nothing,” from the opposition. 

    My feeling is that any investigation or hearings to come from these complaints will result, at most, in mild admonishment to Kavanaugh (and all Judges) to maintain an air of detachment and calm in all matters. 

    While i feel Justice Kavanaugh had more than ample cause to be upset and angry at the attacks,  I also believe a calculated decision was made behind the scenes for Justice Kavanaugh to respond in such an emotional manner. And that he possibly overplayed it a bit. 

    This will pass and Justice Kavanaugh will serve long and honorably on the Supreme Court. The most rabid Dems’ anger will probably not pass, but will mostly have the effect of continuing to expand the distance between the radical left portion of the party and everyone else. A good thing, imo. 

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Thu, 10/11/2018 05:35 pm

    OldMike, I concur.  I am sure that these complaints would have come to the fore during the confirmation process if they were all that serious.  That seems to be the underlying tenor of the press release.  I also do not think that Justice Roberts would surprise Justice Kavanaugh about this.  Nevertheless we should keep our seatbelts strapped and our prayer shawls on.