- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is using a law school commencement address to decry the politicization of the U.S. Supreme Court and its nominating process.

She warned Saturday that the polarization of justices and politicizing of the nomination process threaten to break faith with the founding fathers’ vision of an independent judiciary.

Speaking at the University of Maine School of Law commencement ceremonies, Collins said “there is no way to escape public cynicism” if judges are appointed based on their views and render decisions in accordance with their views.

Former Senate leader George Mitchell is addressing University of Southern Maine graduates. Commencements are being held at the University of Maine, along with University of Maine System campuses in Farmington, Presque Isle, Fort Kent, Machias and Augusta.

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