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Md. law professors sign letter against confirming Kavanaugh

More than a dozen professors from the two Maryland law schools have joined colleagues across the country asking the U.S. Senate not to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

A letter to be presented to the Senate on Thursday addresses Kavanaugh’s behavior during his confirmation hearing last week. More than 1,700 professors (and counting) have signed the letter.

“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 letter states, adding temperament has been an important factor dating back to the country’s founding.

“(We) are united, as professors of law and scholars of judicial institutions, in believing that he did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land,” the letter states.

The professors’ affiliated law schools are listed “for identification purposes only.” The following professors from the University of Baltimore School of Law and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law signed the letter as of Thursday afternoon.

University of Baltimore School of Law:

Fred B. Brown

Amy Dillard

Jessica Emerson

Michele Gilman

Nienke Grossman

Elizabeth Keyes

Robert Knowles

Dionne Koller

Nancy Modesitt

Natalie Ram

Barbara Ann White

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law:

Richard C. Boldt

Doug Colbert

Leigh Goodmark

Michael Greenberger

Mark A. Graber

Leslie Meltzer Henry

Robert V. Percival

Jana Singer

Maxwell L. Stearns

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  1. jdudly@comcast.net

    If Judge Kavanaugh had an appropriate appreciation of the Supreme Court, he would stop stinking up
    the place.


  2. A more likely possibility is that Judge Kavanaugh has an appropriate judicial temperament, as he has demonstrated for the past 12 years on the D.C. Circuit. However, like the rest of us, Judge Kavanaugh is human, and was reacting to efforts to destroy him and his family.