Chief Justice Roberts transfers Kavanaugh complaints to 10th Circuit

Chief Justice Roberts transfers Kavanaugh complaints to 10th Circuit

Chief Justice Roberts transfers Kavanaugh complaints to 10th Circuit

Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh (L) hugs his wife Ashley after the ceremony.

The 53-year-old justice was sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.

The Washington Post spoke with University of Pittsburgh law professor Arthur Hellman about the likely next step.

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The specifics of the complaints remain unknown, but people familiar with the matter say that they accuse Kavanaugh of misleading the public, and criticize his attitude and lack of political impartiality during his confirmation hearings.

Chief Justice John Roberts, right, administers the Constitutional Oath to Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the Justices' Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building.

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Wednesday that the Democrats are gearing up to make a government overhaul package the first bill Democrats bring to the floor should they retake the majority. The 10th Circuit handled another recent judicial misconduct case from Washington involving the former chief judge of the District Court. "Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate". He did not immediately move to refer the filings to another appeals court.

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court fired the starting pistol for the final sprint to Election Day, with control of the House and Senate at stake. Kavanaugh remains a federal judge and the complaints "allege misconduct that occurred while Kavanaugh was on the D.C. Circuit and subject to the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges". Judges who receive complaints have a range of options that include dismissing them out of hand, having local judges investigate them or asking Roberts, in his capacity as head of the federal judiciary, to assign the complaints to judges in a different part of the country.

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