Judge Kavanaugh’s fight for stronger jury rights

Orrin Hatch is the senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. A focus of many, including myself, in evaluating Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s judicial record and philosophy has been his opinions, both judicial and academic, on the constitutional separation of powers. And rightly so, as a demonstrated commitment to our constitutional structure should be a prerequisite for anyone nominated to the Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court’s docket is not limited to broad structural questions, however important they may be, and neither is that of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Kavanaugh’s decisions have spanned the full spectrum of cases and controversies, including those that impinge on the liberty of some of the most overlooked individuals in America — criminal defendants. One example, especially important to me, is his objection to basing prison sentences…

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