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August 29 2018

A New Letter from Yale Law Alums Supports Kavanaugh Nomination to Supreme Court

by Charlotte Hays

This is a tale of two letters.

In stark contrast to a previous group of Yale Law alums, who issued a fevered letter opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, about two dozen graduates of the esteemed law school have now written a letter of support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

It is measured in tone and doesn't make you think that the signers need to be talked down from an emotional bender.

The new letter is bipartisan and hails Kavanaugh as a fair-minded jurist loyal to the Constitution.

The Weekly Standard, which had a copy of the entire letter, which is addressed to Senate Judiciary Committee heads, reported:

"Although we doubt we will agree with every decision Judge Kavanaugh may make as a justice,” wrote Kavanaugh’s classmates, “we firmly believe that Judge Kavanaugh would make decisions thoughtfully, honestly and impartially, and after careful, thorough and respectful consideration of precedent, the case records and the arguments of the litigants.”

The bipartisan group said that at law school Kavanaugh did not mark himself as “ideological” or “a person with an agenda.” Kavanaugh was and is well-liked and respected, they said, “a thoughtful classmate and loyal friend.”

“Based on our years of knowing Judge Kavanaugh, we are firmly convinced that his allegiance as a Supreme Court justice would be only to the Constitution and laws of the United States and not to any partisan interests,” they wrote. Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School in 1990.

The letter depicts Kavanaugh as a man dedicated to the law, intrigued by its intellectual challenges, and not "a person with an agenda." Kavanaugh is recalled as somebody competitive in sports but nevertheless good-natured.

Sadly, this letter garnered fewer signatures than the previous letter, which immediately attracted nearly three hundred signers.

The earlier letter amounted to an emotional meltdown in which the nomination was called an "emergency — for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country."

We are glad to learn that the fever-swamp letter did not represent the whole of one of the world's most prestigious law schools.

The letter to the Judiciary Committee heads is well-reasoned . . .  and sane.

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