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Throw impartiality out the window


Al Fonzi makes no sense—again. If a woman alleges that a Supreme Court nominee (Brett Kavanaugh) had sexually assaulted her, the Senate committee reviewing the nominee's qualifications is not convening a court of law. If that had been the case, the Senate committee's ruling that Kavanaugh was unquestionably innocent would have been discarded as a mistrial, in light of the extreme bias that existed because the Senate committee was allowed to set up a "rigged" FBI investigation, which was significantly restricted in duration and scope. Further extreme bias existed because Trump held a campaign rally in which he viciously and misleadingly mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's credibility. Trump's "lynch mob" rant against Dr. Ford was heard nationwide on TV and radio, while the Senate's deliberation for Kavanaugh was still in progress.

Kavanaugh stated that as a judge he would be impartial and would follow the U.S. Constitution. Baloney. In his very first case, Kavanaugh violated both of those promises. On Oct. 11, the LA Times reported, "Kavanaugh sides with [Trump] administration," in a Supreme Court hearing on due process for deportation of accused "criminal aliens." Kavanaugh was right in line with Trump's assertion that such "aliens" have no right to due process to prevent deportation. Justice Stephen Breyer pointed out that the Constitution says "no person" shall be deprived of liberty without due process of law, and Breyer noted that the clause applies to immigrants living in the U.S.A. Funny how the Constitution can be ignored, when it suits a conservative justice such as Kavanaugh.

San Luis Obispo

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