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Mon Oct 1, 2018, 03:32 PM

Kavanaugh in 2015: A Judge Must Keep "Emotions in Check" and Not Be a "Political Partisan"

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In 2015, Kavanaugh gave a speech—entitled “The Judge as Umpire”—at Columbus Law School at Catholic University. It was during this event that he now-infamously said, “What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep.” But later in the speech, Kavanaugh explained the importance of judicial temperament. He described the attributes required for a “good judge”: to have the “proper demeanor,” to keep “our emotions in check,” to be “calm amidst the storm,” to “demonstrate civility.” And Kavanaugh added, “Don’t be a jerk.”

Here’s what he said.

To be a good judge and a good umpire, it’s important to have the proper demeanor. Really important, I think. To walk in the others’ shoes, whether it be the other litigants, the litigants in the case, the other judges. To understand them. To keep our emotions in check. To be calm amidst the storm. On the bench, to put it in the vernacular, don’t be a jerk. I think that’s important. To be a good umpire and a good judge, don’t be a jerk. In your opinions, to demonstrate civility. I think that’s important as well. To show, to help display, that you are trying to make the decision impartially and dispassionately based on the law and not based on your emotions. That we’re not the bigger than the game….There’s a danger of arrogance, as for umpires and referees, but also for judges. And I would say that danger grows the more time you’re on the bench. As one of my colleagues puts it, you become more like yourself—and that can be a problem.

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Also in that 2015 speech, Kavanaugh made another key point: “First and most obviously,” a judge cannot be a “political partisan.” A jurist, he added, must “avoid any semblance of…partisanship.” At the hearing, Kavanaugh did not demonstrate the ability to put aside partisanship.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/10/kavanaugh-in-2015-a-judge-must-keep-emotions-in-check-and-not-be-a-political-partisan/


... you become more like yourself—and that can be a problem.

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demmiblue Oct 2018 OP
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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 03:45 PM

1. What a difference

A SC nomination makes.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 04:24 PM

2. Should be forced to listen to that speech in the Bardo

Over and over...

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 04:27 PM

3. unless that judge is an entitled Conservative hack with a fecklessly controlled conservative Senate

In that case, the more partisan the better!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 05:51 PM

4. Haha. So predictable. Wherever the partisan wind blows...

And they all blow!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 10:03 AM

5. LOL

Do what I say, not what I do.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 11:17 AM

6. Needs to keep other things in check as well.

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