Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said he hopes Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh wasn’t caving to political pressure with his rejection of a case involving Planned Parenthood.
Kavanaugh joined the other four liberal justices on the court and Chief Justice John Roberts in declining to hear a case involving funding for the abortion provider. It only takes four votes for the court to take up a case, but only Justices Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch voted yes.
“The rule on asking for permission to appeal is four justices can compel all nine to hear the case. In this case, it was three to six,” Napolitano said. “Six justices said ‘we don’t want to hear it.’ Three did. What’s unique is the three who did wrote a dissent. This is very, very rare.”
“And they chide it without mentioning him by name, they were chiding their junior Catholic pro-life colleague Brett Kavanaugh,” he added. (RELATED: Judge Napolitano Says Brett Kavanaugh’s Catholicism Is A Central Reason Behind Democratic Resistance)
Napolitano said he hopes Kavanaugh isn’t trying to prove to his detractors he’s open-minded and trusts he voted with “intellectual honesty.”
“Did Brett Kavanaugh vote this way to demonstrate to Dianne Feinstein that he’s open-minded? I hope not,” Napolitano declared. “I hope he vote with the intellectual honesty. That’s why we give judges and justices — I once had this — life tenure, so they can be perfectly intellectually honest and not worry about what the politicians or editorial writers or TV commentators or public think.”
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