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Houston Law Professors Among Those Petitioning Against Kavanaugh Confirmation

Professors explain why they’re opposing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)

Some Houston law professors are among more than 1,700 across the country who have signed a letter urging Senators not to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The letter was published in The New York Times on Wednesday. According to The Times, the letter will be presented to the Senate today.

This comes as Senators are reviewing the FBI’s supplemental background check about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee. The Senate is expected to vote on his confirmation in the coming days.

The letter says: 

“We are law professors who teach, research and write about the judicial institutions of this country. Many of us appear in state and federal court, and our work means that we will continue to do so, including before the United States Supreme Court. 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 full letter with attorney’s signatures:

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In the audio above, we hear from several law professors from Houston and Texas who have signed the letter.

For Ellen Marrus of the University of Houston Law Center, she says for her it came down to ethics. She says she also signed another letter going before the Senate today specifically from women who teach law across the country.

Her fellow UH Law colleague, Blake Hudson, also signed the letter in The New York Times. He says while the law professors who signed might have differing opinions on a variety of issues, they all agreed that Kavanaugh’s temperament was unfit for the highest court in the land.

Emily Albrink Hartigan is with St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. She says she wants Senators to find another nominee to the Supreme Court.

And law professor William Forbath from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law says he signed the letter against Kavanaugh’s confirmation because he thinks the judge can’t move beyond partisan politics.

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