Brett Kavanaugh knows what it’s like to have enemies.
However, now that he’s establishing himself in D.C., he’s learning even friends can be enemies.
Which is why Brett Kavanaugh was shocked when a person he trusted betrayed him in public.
Maybe he could have seen it coming if he paid attention a little closer.
And the worst part is it’s a betrayal that will continue to occur for as long as this man remains on the Supreme Court.
The man who betrayed him is none other than conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, and he did it when ruling on a case involving child pornography.
In a press release about the ruling, Yahoo News wrote the following:
For the second time in three days, conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch on Wednesday sided with his four liberal colleagues in a 5-4 ruling in favor of a criminal defendant, on this occasion an Oklahoma man convicted of possessing child pornography.
The court ruled that the right of Andre Haymond to face a jury trial under the U.S. Constitution’s Sixth Amendment was violated when a judge unilaterally imposed an additional prison sentence after Haymond violated the terms of his supervised release.
Kavanaugh, in turn, had a dissenting opinion on the case.
Perhaps the biggest reason this is a problem isn’t so much that Gorsuch betrayed his fellow conservative Justice, but that his opinion threatens the U.S. justice system to a great extent.
One of the other dissenting Justices, Samuel Alito, said that Gorsuch’s decision and opinion could put an incredible strain on the criminal justice system.
With there being some 17,000 of these proceedings yearly, to require an additional 17,000 jury trials would be an excessive strain on the criminal justice system nationwide.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons Kavanaugh didn’t approve of the ruling.
Another reason he may have been against it was that the ruling didn’t stay in line with the original meaning of the 6th Amendment and could alter how it’s applied in the future.
The truth is there will be many more divisions in the Supreme Court over the next several decades.
Gorsuch has sided with the more liberal-leaning judges on several occasions.
Kavanaugh, on the other hand, has leaned to the right on almost all decisions, which is why he continues to draw the ire of the left.
A recent hit piece by Time Magazine tried to paint Kavanaugh in a less than favorable light.
Maybe they’ll cozy up to Gorsuch?
Or maybe Gorsuch will side more with Kavanaugh.
Only time will tell.