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SCOTUS Brief Thursday, August 2, 2018

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Here’s the news you need to know on this Thursday, August 2, 2018.

Obama’s Solicitor General calls Judge Brett  Kavanaugh “brilliant”
Former Solicitor General Donald Verrilli — the lawyer who represented the Obama Administration in all cases before the Supreme Court, and the longest-serving Solicitor General in 50 years — had tremendous words of praise for Judge Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court nominee:

“Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist and he’s a very gracious person, both on the bench and off.”

“[H]e carries out all phases of his responsibilities as a judge in the way you’d want: an exemplary way.”

“[H]e’s a distinguished jurist by any measure.”

(Verrilli comments come at 3:54 of podcast)

2. Judicial Crisis Network launches new ad featuring Democrat law clerk for Kavanaugh
“I’m Kathryn Cherry. I’m a registered Democrat. I clerked for Judge Kavanaugh for a year. Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist. You can rely on Judge Kavanaugh to follow precedent; you can rely on Judge Kavanaugh to follow the U.S. Constitution, and the laws as they’re written. He also treated me as an equal and never made me feel like a minority. And he treated the litigants who came before him the same way. He treats everyone equal, under the law. As a woman and a minority I’m confident that Judge Kavanaugh will be a great justice.”

3. A liberal feminist lawyer supports Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation and urges Democrats to do the same
Democrats should quit attacking Kavanaugh—full stop. It is unbecoming to block him simply because they want to, and they risk alienating intelligent people who see the obvious: He is the most qualified conservative for the job.

4. Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s clerk (a Democrat): He was a wonderful boss and a fair-minded judge
I’m a registered Democrat. It might come as a surprise, then, that Judge Kavanaugh would hire me. But it is just one illustration of what an independent jurist and open-minded person he is. During my time in the judge’s chambers, I came to understand what judicial excellent looks like – and that being an excellent judge means considering views that do not always mirror your own. From the moment a case arrived in his chambers, Judge Kavanaugh immersed himself in it. He wanted to understand every argument and perspective: What were the best points in favor of one side? How about the other? What was the text of the statute? And what did the Constitution have to say about the matter? The judge was always eager to debate the merits of a case, and he welcomed all perspectives. That may explain why he routinely hires clerks with diverse ideological views and backgrounds. … When he wrote an opinion on civil rights, he might reference “To Kill a Mockingbird” or Langston Hughes. He used common sense and made every effort to connect with his readers, whether they were lawyers or not. … The judge didn’t just teach me about legal principles. I learned a lot about integrity, humility and kindness, too.

5. Another Obama Solicitor General on Kavanaugh: “An incredibly brilliant, careful person”
[Neal] Katyal, a former acting solicitor general in the Obama administration, spoke highly of Kavanaugh’s work ethic and character. “It’s very hard for anyone who has worked with him, appeared before him, to frankly say a bad word about him,” Katyal said. “This is an incredibly brilliant, careful person … In my practice, we basically have a rule that if there’s a Kavanaugh clerk who applies, we hire that person. He’s legendary for his preparation,” Katyal added. “This is a guy who reads … every one of those opinions, sits down with his clerks on Fridays, and goes through them, each one, every single opinion. He is an unusual judge, so I think it will be a very interesting set of hearings.”


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