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NH lawyer led panel that vetted Kavanaugh for previous job

October 6, 2018

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire lawyer led the American Bar Association’s committee that gave Brett Kavanaugh a rating of “qualified” for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Stephen Tober, who practices in Portsmouth, was chairman of the Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary in 2006 when he authored the committee’s statement supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination to the federal appeals court.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Tober’s rating was downgraded from “well qualified” to “qualified” because of concerns he was “sanctimonious” and lacked a “breadth of experience.”

Tober said it’s amazing that a “small-town lawyer from Portsmouth” led the panel.

The statement about Kavanaugh’s fitness for the Appeals Court 14 years ago concludes Kavanaugh “enjoys a solid reputation for integrity, intellectual capacity, and writing and analytical ability.”

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com

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