Gonzaga Law professors sign letter urging Congress not to appoint Kavanaugh

In what Gonzaga University School of Law Professor Ann Murphy says is an unprecedented outpouring of concern from the nation’s law professors, she along with more than 2,400 others have urged Congress not to appoint Brett Kavanaugh in a signed letter. In addition to Murphy, there are seven other professors who work at the law school that signed, noting they did so independent of the institution.

The letter does not address the allegations against Kavanaugh, only focusing on his judicial temperament. They say he doesn’t have what it takes to be on the Supreme Court after exploding during his hearings.

“I understand his anger, but you need to be able to control it, especially in very high emotional settings, because he is going to have that on the Supreme Court,” said Murphy. “Supreme Court justices should be able to put aside their own feelings, and be able to be measured, very measured.”

She acknowledges that is a hard thing to be, but what really put her concern over the edge was the fact that his anger wasn’t only when he was responding to senators questions, it was during his prepared remarks.

“He basically indicated that he was in a bad position, which I completely understand, but it was his prepared remarks that were offensive and the most objectionable,”she said.

The law school professor crowd is a liberal bunch she says, as are most professors, but none of them were surprised by the fact that the candidate is a conservative and aren’t objecting to that in the letter. They, along with the American Bar Association argue that there are better, more qualified conservative picks.

“We knew it was going to be a conservative, of course it is, we have a conservative president, a conservative Congress,” she said. “There are plenty of other conservatives in line that are well qualified and measured that don’t have that anger in them.”

Kavanaugh’s supporters in Congress have overlooked that apparent anger and it would seem that his confirmation is becoming more likely.

“Despite the turbulent, bitter fight surrounding his nomination, my fervent hope is that Brett Kavanaugh will work to lessen the divisions in the Supreme Court,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in announcing that she would vote to confirm the nominee.