I’m sure you’ve seen the name, headlines, tweets, etc. BUT, I’m sure there are many of you who are still a little confused on who Brett Kavanaugh is and what the heck is going on. Well, hopefully I can help. For those of you who love some good legalese, you might want to skip this one.
Who is Brett Kavanaugh?
Brett Michael Kavanaugh was born and raised in Washington, D.C. His mother was a Judge and his father was the President of what is now known as the Personal Care Products Council* for twenty years. Kavanaugh graduated from Yale and attended Yale Law School. Kavanaugh had a heavy hand in calling for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and worked closely with President George W. Bush. President Bush nominated Kavanaugh to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It took three years, but eventually, Kavanaugh became Judge Kavanaugh.
*I’d just like to point out that this is the council that lobbies against updated beauty regulations and more.
During his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh lied under oath, and thus the first scandal you heard about.
What’d he lie about?
Judge Kavanaugh previously worked as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy (the one he’s nominated to replace). During Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing as a circuit judge, he denied having any participation in coming up with the Bush administration’s detention and interrogation policies. (In the simplest of terms, they denied lawyers to prisoners detained as enemy combatants). Kavanaugh denied his participation because he knew Justice Anthony wouldn’t approve. Confronted with this in 2007 and left unresolved, the issue was raised again after his Supreme Court Nomination.
What’s a Supreme Court Justice?
A Supreme Court Justice, like all other judges, presides over civil and criminal court cases. The goal of the judge is to upload, enforce, and interpret the law. BUT the Supreme Court has a unique responsibility. The cases that come across their desks deal uniquely with the U.S. Constitution.
Supreme Court Justice’s serve for life. Until they die or retire, they hold an incredible amount of power. It is their job, FOR LIFE, to interpret the U.S. Constitution.
So What’s This I Hear About Assault?
When Brett Kavanaugh’s name appeared on a short list of potential Supreme Court nominee’s, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, acted immediately. Attempting to contact members of Congress, Dr. Blasey Ford came forward with accusations of attempted rape. Allegedly, Brett Kavanaugh attacked Blasey Ford while in high school, as his friend watched and encouraged him.
So What’s Happening Now?
Now the debate begins on whether or not Judge Kavanaugh should be able to be sworn into the Supreme Court while he’s under investigation for attempted rape.
That should get you caught up! I’ve tried to keep this pretty neutral for you, but I’m not a news reporter. I want you to be able to do your own research, but I also want you to realize the dangers in being selective in what behaviors you chose to excuse. The same people who want to forget Brett Kavanaugh’s past are the same people who called for the death penalty of a group of 14-16 year olds, who were later proven innocent by DNA evidence. “Boys will be boys” is a crock of shit. Demand more for yourself and those representing you. As a country, we deserve better than that and so does our Constitution.