I'm increasingly alarmed by Judge Brett Kavanaugh's lack of judicial restraint, integrity and impartiality. Senators must realize a vote for U.S. Supreme Court appointees affects not only their constituents but all Americans (“‘Just plain wrong’: Flake, Collins criticize Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser at political rally,” Oct. 3).
Judge Kavanaugh's testimony and recent issues reveal this nomination should not move forward. Aside from credible sexual assault allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, it increasingly appears that Judge Kavanaugh is unfit to sit on the Supreme Court because of behavior that violates the American Bar Association’s code of conduct Rule 1.2: “A judge shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and appearance of impropriety.”
Mr. Kavanaugh should be disqualified due to belligerent and biased public threats against Democrats of "what goes around comes around," and apparent lies regarding language in his yearbook, as well as excessive drinking and likely knowledge of accuser Deborah Ramirez's claims prior to a Sept. 23 magazine article.
According to NBC News, Judge Kavanaugh reportedly sent text messages regarding Ms. Ramirez's claims months ago, yet responded to the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the transcript: "When did you first hear of Ms. Ramirez’s allegations against you?” Mr. Kavanaugh cited "the New Yorker story."
Such events occurred years ago — and evidence is relative — yet how can evidence be ascertained with a still-truncated FBI investigation? Overall, Judge Kavanaugh hasn't shown the integrity required to be a justice on the nation's highest court. He's also at great risk of impeachment, so parties on all sides won't be served in the end. Lastly, with threats against Democrats or so-called "leftists," there's zero confidence he would not pursue spiteful rulings related to Roe v. Wade and other important issues coming before the U.S. Supreme Court for decades to come.
J. C. Simpson, Baltimore
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