New on New York Times op-ed:
650 1,200 2,400 law professors and counting have signed a letter to Congress saying Brett Kavanaugh shouldn’t be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Reason: judicial temperament, or lack thereof. More than a dozen Arkansas law teachers signed. Said the letter:
The question at issue was of course painful for anyone. But Judge Kavanaugh exhibited a lack of commitment to judicious inquiry. Instead of being open to the necessary search for accuracy, Judge Kavanaugh was repeatedly aggressive with questioners. Even in his prepared remarks, Judge Kavanaugh described the hearing as partisan, referring to it as “a calculated and orchestrated political hit,” rather than acknowledging the need for the Senate, faced with new information, to try to understand what had transpired. Instead of trying to sort out with reason and care the allegations that were raised, Judge Kavanaugh responded in an intemperate, inflammatory and partial manner, as he interrupted and, at times, was discourteous to senators.
As you know, under two statutes governing bias and recusal, judges must step aside if they are at risk of being perceived as or of being unfair. As Congress has previously put it, a judge or justice “shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” These statutes are part of a myriad of legal commitments to the impartiality of the judiciary, which is the cornerstone of the courts.
We have differing views about the other qualifications of Judge Kavanaugh. But we are united, as professors of law and scholars of judicial institutions, in believing that he did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land.
Signatories from the Bowen Law School in Little Rock include John DiPippa, George Mader, J. Lynn Entrikin, Robert Minarcin, Coleen Barger, and Kelly Browe-Olson and from UA-Fayetteville, Deborah Borman, Nicole Civita, Brian Gallini, Carol Goforth, Susannah Pollvogt, Laurent Sacharoff, Susan Schneider and Danielle Weatherby. Good on them. May their number increase, even if Bart Hester, Jason Rapert and Co. don’t approve.