Chief Justice Roberts sends Kavanaugh complaints to Colorado court

LEADING ARTICLEOctober 9 2018 12:01am The TimesMid-Term Blues Democrats should not bet on a dividend from the Kavanaugh nomination battle

As a Supreme Court Justice, Kavanaugh is not subject to the same public scrutiny for misconduct claims as other government officials. Ashley Kavanaugh holds the Bible.

- Chief Justice John Roberts has referred ethics complaints about statements made by Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings to federal judges outside the Beltway, Fox News reported.

The first complaint, though, was filed September 10 - before the sexual assault allegation came out - and accuses Kavanaugh of lying when he told the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing in early September that he hadn't received information stolen from Senate Democrats when he was working in the White House in the early 2000s. The D.C. Circuit forwarded the complaints to Roberts for transfer to another court after concluding the complaints should not be handled by the court where Kavanaugh had served, according to the Post.

The Denver-based 10th Circuit handles appeals of cases that originate in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.

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The judiciary's rules allow members of the public to lodge complaints about federal judges.

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The public nature of a case past year involving former 9th Circuit judge Alex Kozinski, who was accused of sexual misconduct, was unusual. Tymkovich was on President Donald Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees.

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. The judicial council of that court publicly announced it was closing its investigation because Kozinski had retired, saying that because he "can no longer perform any judicial duties, he does not fall within the scope of persons who can be investigated".

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