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John Paul Stevens Opposes Kavanaugh: Thursday Hearing 'Changed My Mind'

Retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens suggested Thursday that Brett Kavanaugh doesn't have the right temperament to sit on America's highest court. When asked his opinion on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, whom Stevens had once lauded, he said his views have changed after watching Kavanaugh's hearing.

"I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind", Stevens said, noting how many people felt Kavanaugh was too combative.

Stevens served on the court for 35 years and retired in 2010 after having been nominated by former president Gerald Ford.

"I thought (Kavanaugh) had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected", Stevens said in Boca Raton, according to The Palm Beach post.

Two Associate Supreme Court Justices are anxious for the future of the highest court in the federal judiciary after Justice Anthony Kennedy leaves. "For the good of the court, it's not healthy to get a new justice that can only do a part-time job". In the past several weeks, he has been accused of engaging in gang rapes and sexual misconduct dating back more than three decades - claims that he has denied and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a supplemental inquiry concluded earlier this week, could not corroborate.

"You can not help but like Clarence Thomas", Stevens said, "which I don't think necessarily would be true of this particular nominee". Almost 1,000 law professors signed a letter this week that said he "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land".

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Though he was appointed by a Republican and is a lifelong member of the GOP, Stevens has at times sided with liberal justices on key issues.

Kavanaugh and California professor Christine Blasey Ford both testified in front of the Judiciary Committee on September 27 after Ford came forward with an allegation of sexual assault against the judge.

The op-ed comes after mounting criticism of Kavanaugh's performance last Thursday.

The Senate is set to vote for cloture tomorrow and confirmation on Saturday.

Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court, denied the allegations, delivering a fiery defense that opened with accusations that Ford's allegations were part of an elaborate political coup d'état.

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