Letters to the editor

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday October 3, 2018
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Supreme Court (in)justice

Recent hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee were an embarrassing exercise in bad behavior and lack of due process for all to see. Guilty or not, Judge Brett Kavanaugh's histrionic performance — by turns emotional, self-pitying, belligerent, rude, and less than honest — clearly makes him unfit for a seat on the U.S. Supreme (or any other) Court. I believed Anita Hill then; I believe Professor Christine Blasey Ford now.

And why the GOP's rush to confirm without a thorough background check into the serious allegations against Kavanaugh? It's full-steam ahead to seat their guy, facts and the truth be damned. Kudos to Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) for his integrity and willingness to compromise, something his colleagues would do well to emulate, as in the past.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would likely be on the court for 30-plus years, with much at stake: Roe v. Wade, civil rights, same-sex marriage, Citizens United, environmental/animal protections, et al. Is this the future we wish for America? Not I.

For the good of the country, Kavanaugh should withdraw his name. Surely there are more qualified and less controversial candidates. (Judge Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama's choice, comes to mind.) The politicizing of the courts at every level really needs to stop — it demeans us all.

Citizens are urged to call their senators ASAP, demanding that Kavanaugh not be confirmed. (Google "U.S. senators" for contact info.)

Make America Great Again.

Eric Mills

Oakland, California