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Allegations of Judicial Misconduct Against Brett Kavanaugh Were Just Referred to a Federal Appeals Court

October 10, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Kavanaugh began his first week as a Supreme Court justice on Monday.

Chief Justice John Roberts referred judicial misconduct complaints about newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Colorado, the Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon.

The 15 complaints refer to Kavanaugh's behavior after Christine Blasey Ford made her allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh public.  The Post cited sources who said the complaints addressed Kavanaugh's alleged dishonesty and a lack of judicial temperament.

While some of the complaints against Kavanaugh were dismissed, the remaining allegations have been passed on because they were deemed “substantial,” according to the report.

However, the article notes that it's unlikely anything will come of the complaints:

It is unclear what will come of the review by the 10th Circuit. The judiciary’s rules on misconduct do not apply to Supreme Court justices. The 10th Circuit will likely decide to dismiss the complaints as moot now that Kavanaugh has joined the high court. “There is nothing that a judicial council could do at this point,” said Arthur D. Hellman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh and expert on the operation of federal court. The 10th Circuit will likely close the case “because it is no longer within their jurisdiction,” now that Kavanaugh has been elevated to the Supreme Court, he added.

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