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Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination comes with a warning label for blacks

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

By Frederick H. Lowe


If U.S. Appeals Court Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination is confirmed by the Senate for the U.S. Supreme Court, as many expect it will, it would threaten black lives and the lives of all working people by pushing the court further to the right on key issues, several groups warned.

“The stakes could not be higher. Our voting rights are on the line. Fair housing and affirmative action are on the line. The right to choose and access healthcare are on the line. And our most highly valued democratic principles, such as equal justice and opportunity, are on the line,” the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund wrote in a statement.

During a nationally televised broadcast Monday evening, President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh who sits on the D.C. (Washington, D.C.) Circuit Court of Appeals, to succeed Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who will retire on July 31.

Kavanaugh, 53, has served on the court 12 years. During his tenure he authored 300 opinions.

Kavanaugh was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in nearby Maryland. He is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School.  He worked for President George W. Bush who nominated Kavanaugh to the D.C. Circuit in 2003, though his nomination stalled for three years, according to SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) Blog. Before becoming a judge, Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy. Kavanaugh is married and the couple are parents of two daughters.

The conservative Heritage Foundation, which vetted Kavanaugh, said Trump hit a ‘homerun’ with the nomination.

But the NAACP described Kavanaugh as a “dangerous ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far-right majority on the court.”

SCOTUS Blog reported that Kavanaugh has not held a consistent positions on civil rights. In some cases, he has ruled in favor of employers and in others he ruled for employees.

The AFL-CIO wrote that Judge Kavanaugh routinely rules against working families, and regularly rejects the rights of employees to receive employer-provided health care in the workplace, too often sides with employers in denying employees relief from discrimination in the workplace and promotes overturning well-established U.S. Supreme Court precedents.

SCOTUS blog agreed that in labor and employment law cases Kavanaugh tended to favor employers.



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