Sotomayor on the Supreme Court: ‘We have to rise above partisanship’

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U.S. Capitol Police stand guard at the East Front of the U.S. Capitol after demonstrators pushed through barricades and occupied the center steps while protesting against the pending confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Kavanaugh's arrival to succeed the now-retired Kennedy will give the court a solid five-justice conservative bloc, with Chief Justice John Roberts likely determining how quickly the court will move.

The 98-year-old spoke before a crowd of retirees in Boca Raton, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Stevens went on to say that his change of heart on Kavanaugh's fitness for the high court was "for reasons that have really no relationship to his intellectual ability or his record as a federal judge".

Stevens said he, too, has come to believe that Kavanaugh, a US appellate judge, "demonstrated a potential bias involving enough potential litigants before the (high) court that he would not be able to perform his full responsibilities".

Updated: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has written a Wall Street Journal op-ed acknowledging his emotional Senate Judiciary Committee testimony and pledging to keep an open mind if he is confirmed.

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"I revere the Constitution", Kavanaugh wrote. Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegations later in the hearing, calling the hearing a "circus" and sparring with Democrats as they questioned him about his drinking and character.

"I've never been a political person", he added. "It's not healthy to get a new justice who can only do a part-time job", Stevens said.

Current and former justices on the Supreme Court, in keeping with their traditional reluctance to engage in heated political matters for fear of compromising the court's appearance of neutrality, generally have not weighed in on the allegations surrounding Kavanaugh. "It's not so clear that, you know, I think going forward, that sort of middle position, you know, it's not so clear whether we'll have it".

In an emotionally charged hearing September 27, Ford testified that a drunken Kavanaugh had forced himself on her at a gathering when they were teenagers in the early 1980s. In his retirement, he has called for the Second Amendment to be repealed.

Stevens, who was appointed to the bench by Republican President Gerald Ford in 1975, retired from the Supreme Court in 2010.