Chief Justice Roberts transfers Kavanaugh complaints to 10th Circuit

  • Chief Justice Roberts transfers Kavanaugh complaints to 10th Circuit

Chief Justice Roberts transfers Kavanaugh complaints to 10th Circuit

The 15 grievances, filed in September and early October, center on whether newly-minted Justice Kavanaugh was dishonest or lacked judicial temperament when he testified before the Senate, The Washington Post reported.

Kavanaugh asked several questions during two hours of lively oral arguments involving a federal sentencing law for repeat offenders, three days after being confirmed by the Republican-led Senate despite being accused of sexual assault.

Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, a George H.W. Bush nominee, forwarded more than a dozen misconduct complaints to the chief justice after determining they were substantive enough that they needed to be investigated by judges outside the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, where Kavanaugh was serving as a judge. Henderson said they all relate to the hearings, not to his conduct as a judge.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, the president explained there are "amazing people" on his Supreme Court list, but he refused to abandon Judge Kavanaugh.

This means that the complaints made against him are effectively confidential and can be dismissed without releasing the details of the complaints to the public.

Henderson is the most senior judge in the D.C. Circuit, and she apparently issued the statement after the chief judge, Merrick Garland, recused himself.

The existence of misconduct complaints and the procedure can be disclosed, according to the rules, "when necessary or appropriate to maintain public confidence in the judiciary's ability to redress misconduct or disability".

He was sworn in on Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts and former associate justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he clerked 25 years ago.

The public nature of a case previous year involving former 9th Circuit judge Alex Kozinski, who was accused of sexual misconduct, was unusual.