Different kind of court: Judge remembers SCOTUS pick

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A West Michigan judge is watching the unfolding confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh, who President Donald Trump nominated Monday for the U.S. Supreme Court, with interest.

Brett Kavanaugh and Christopher Yates worked in Washington, D.C. at the same time in the 1990s as clerks with the Supreme Court and Justice Department, respectively.

Kavanaugh was the Yale-educated son of a judge clerking for the man he has now been tapped to replace, Justice Anthony Kennedy. Yates was fresh from the University of Illinois and on his way to a career in the U.S. Justice Department and, now, a judgeship in the Kent County Circuit Court.

While they were never adversaries before a judge or jury, they faced off on a totally different kind of court.

“The United State Supreme Court, believe it or not, has a basketball court above the court chamber,” Yates told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday, remembering he and Kavanaugh were part of a regular pickup game. “If you dribble the ball, you can hear it down in the court chambers. It’s affectionately known as the highest court in the land.”

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