After the Federal Bureau of Investigation finished its investigation into Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday, more than 1,700 law professors from across the nation weighed in: Kavanaugh should not be confirmed.
Four College of William and Mary law school professors signed a letter published in Thursday’s New York Times that asks senators to deny Kavanaugh’s confirmation after the partisanship he showed in Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last week.
“We regret that we feel compelled to write to you, our Senators, to provide our views that at the Senate hearings on Sept. 27, Judge Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land,” the letter reads.
The College of William and Mary Law School’s four law professors who signed onto the letter are: Susan Grover, a civil rights and employment law professor; Vivian Hamilton, a family and race law professor; Laura Heymann, an intellectual property law professor; and Timothy Zick, a constitutional law professor.
Both Grover and Heymann said in emails they did not want to comment further.
“Thanks very much for reaching out,” Grover wrote. “I think it is important that the letter stand on its own. For that reason, I wish not to embellish at this time.”
In a statement provided by spokeswoman Erin Zagursky, the College of William and Mary said it supports the use of free speech by faculty.
“William and Mary is committed to free speech and this includes supporting faculty, staff or students who exercise that right by expressing their opinions,” the statement said.
Professors Zick and Hamilton did not immediately return requests for comment.
The four William and Mary professors join nine of their colleagues from the University of Richmond School of Law and nine colleagues from the University of Virginia School of Law.
According to the New York Times, the letter will be sent to Senators at some point on Thursday.
The letter comes just a day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) filed a motion for cloture to end debate in the Senate on Kavanaugh’s nomination. McConnell’s filing will bring a vote on Friday to confirm Kavanaugh.
As the confirmation process continues, crowds of protestors in support and against Kavanaugh have descended on Washington D.C., according to National Public Radio.
Read the letter in its entirety at: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/03/opinion/kavanaugh-law-professors-letter.html
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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