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Chief Justice John Roberts orders new investigation into Brett Kavanaugh

Chief Justice John Roberts orders new investigation into Brett Kavanaugh”

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts transferred two ethics complaints against newly confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh to a lower federal panel, a Democratic advocacy group that opposed the judge's nomination revealed Wednesday.

In a letter posted on the website of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Roberts asked judges who handle ethics complaints at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, to deal with the claims.

Karen LeCraft Henderson, the judge responsible for sending the complaints up the ladder, claims that she had dismissed the more frivolous objections against Kavanaugh before taking action to pass the rest onto Roberts.

Mr Kavanaugh went through a bruising confirmation process in the US Senate, where questions were also raised over his partisan rhetoric.

"The complaints seek investigations only of the public statements he has made as nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States", she wrote in the release. The Senate never acted on Garland's Supreme Court nomination. Henderson said they all relate to the hearings, not to his conduct as a judge.

Complaints made against judges are usually handled by the chief judge. "Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate".

But Gillers said the complaints "may be found not to be meritorious in the end".

The existence of misconduct complaints and the procedure can be disclosed, according to the rules, "when necessary or appropriate to maintain public confidence in the judiciary's ability to redress misconduct or disability".

Progressives fought hard against Kavanaugh's confirmation due to his originalist jurisprudence and because he would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, often viewed as a "swing" vote in many 5-4 decisions.



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