PROVO, Utah (News4Utah) An open letter from law professionals to the US Senate urges a vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
At least seven law professors from Brigham Young University and University of Utah joined 2,400 by signing their names to the letter, which ran first as an opinion piece in the New York Times.
Major concerns from professors who teach, research and write about law in our country argue Kavanaugh’s behavior during last week’s hearing makes him unfit for the Supreme Court.
“When he was faced with difficult questions, not only did he avoid them but he became very angry almost belligerent,” BYU Law professor Kristin Gerdy Kyle said, who signed the letter.
“While the anger might be understandable in certain circumstances, the partisan rancor is never acceptable for a judge,” BYU Law Professor Michalyn Steele said, who also signed the letter.
The letter received by the Senate Thursday said in part, Kavanaugh “did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land.”
“We have to protect the institution of the court against any charge of partiality or partisanship,” Steele said.
The letter was bipartisan and stopped short of discussing sexual assault allegations. Utah Republican Senators, however, remained unfazed.
“I think he is one of the best nominees in my 42 years of the United States Senate,” Senator Orrin Hatch said, (R) Utah). “I apologize to him for the way he’s been treated.”
Senator Mike Lee, (R) Utah) added, “I look forward to voting for his confirmation imminently.”