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ICYMI: Detroit News Editorial Board: Kavanaugh's record defies challenge

Ellie Hockenbury - July 11, 2018

Last night, The Detroit News Editorial Board released a glowing recommendation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Unfortunately, Michigan’s own Senator Debbie Stabenow doesn’t want to give him a fair shake.

In fact, Stabenow has expressed “serious concerns” about Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Judge Kavanaugh has received widespread support for his impeccable legal credentials, mainstream conservativism, and personal background as a community leader and active volunteer. Senator Stabenow owes it to Michiganders to put aside the partisan talking points and fairly evaluate Judge Kavanaugh’s credentials.

Kavanaugh’s record defies challenge
Detroit News
Editorial Board
July 10, 2018
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2018/07/10/our-editorial-kavanaughs-record-defies-challenge/770887002/

Brett Kavanaugh is an intelligent and deliberate judge who is poised to become a conservative thought leader on the U.S. Supreme court. His record on the appellate court suggests that President Trump’s nominee to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy will maintain a commitment to interpreting the law as it is written, and not how he may wish it had been crafted.

He is well-liked by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Kavanaugh has genuine and longstanding friendships with liberals who are quick to praise his civility and his intellect. He has impeccable academic credentials as a Yale degree holder and he clerked for Justice Kennedy, whose seat he will take if approved.

Kavanaugh is committed to the judicial branch's non-partisanship. “Check those political allegiances at the door when you become a judge,” he said in 2015 in a speech at Catholic University's law school.

And as a judge serious about the rule of law, he is committed to stare decisis, the principal that precedent should be given considerable deference. He’s not likely to overrule a past decision by the court simply because he disagrees with it.

His credentials, his commitment to judicial independence, his unassailable character, his record as a judge dedicated to the Constitution and his likeability should overwhelm the Senate skeptics who will be tempted to oppose him simply because he was appointed by Trump.


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