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Brett Kavanaugh endorsement and the morality of the Supreme Court
16. October 2018 at 13:38
The argument for and against sexual misconduct rest solely on the outright jurisprudence of the court in interpreting wisely both within the framework of law and absolute morality. No one is better-off seeing that a clear case win both in morals and law is been thrown out the window all due to sentiment and emotional appeals. In this case, though, the Judge may have had his way, but in the long term, the society pays direly for this singular act of abuse of office and show of legal shame.
The victim said "Brett’s assault on me drastically altered my life. For a very long time, I was too afraid and ashamed to tell anyone the details. I did not want to tell my parents that I, at age 15, was in a house without any parents present, drinking beer with boys. I tried to convince myself that because Brett did not rape me, I should be able to move on and just pretend that it had never happened. Over the years, I told very few friends that I had this traumatic experience. I told my husband before we were married that I had experienced a sexual assault."

Established on 4th March, 1789, in pursuant of Article 111 of the United States constitution, the US supreme court from time immemorial has been regarded as one among the foremost institutions which lays and okays the garb of esteem law and morality in a land where democratic norms and values remains a talking point of priority.

According to the Federal Statute, the court consist of a Chief Justice and eight associate justices who by virtue of individuality are been nominated by the commander-in-chief and confirmed by the Senate. Given the approval and onward confirmation for appointment, Justices assumes the bench for a life term service unless they resign, retire, or are removed from office which in the latter case rarely makes headline on a likelihood.

In his existence spanning over 200 years, the highest statute of law in the United States has played host to several justices and juries vetted in both character, candor, and consistency. These personalities not just align self with the jurisprudence of law, also, they fore-bares a figurine which holds a higher co-valency with absolute morality.

In decades, these have been the modus operandi into the highest court in the federal judiciary of the United States. No doubt, this acts of operation has seen the nomination and confirmation of varied Supreme court Justices subject to Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution which states clearly that the President "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Judges of the Supreme Court".

The endorsement of Brett Kavanaugh, an American lawyer who serves as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States leaves more to be imagined than meets the eye. The former United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was previously nominated by the 45th president of the United States as a nominee Supreme Court Justice on July 8, 2018, to fill the position vacated by retiring justice Anthony Kennedy.

Again, the victim said "I saw press reports stating that Brett Kavanaugh was on the “short list” of potential Supreme Court nominees. I thought it was my civic duty to relay the information I had about Mr. Kavanaugh’s conduct so that those considering his potential nomination would know about the assault".

His nomination triggered a whole lot of controversies involving sexual misconduct and inappropriate personal conduct during the 1980's. Leading among the accuser was Christine Ford who accused the former of sexually abusing her during their high school days in an inappropriate manner. According to Dr. Ford in an epic testimonial at the senate judiciary committee in the Dirksen senate office building at the capitol hill in Washington Thursday, September 27 2018, Christine Ford confirms strongly the inappropriate manner in which his accuser manhandled her person during a party in Maryland.

"One evening that summer, after a day of swimming at the club, I attended a small gathering at a house in the Chevy Chase/Bethesda area. There were four boys I remember being there: Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, P.J. Smyth, and one other boy whose name I cannot recall. I remember my friend Leland Ingham attending".

Her story broke loose September 16, when "The Washington Post" brought it eventually to the light of day amid strong speculations of public opinion regarding this discuss brushed in absolute controversy. Looking all sober during her testimony session, she told congress how she was pinned down by Brett Kavanuagh and his friend mark who obviously was an outright accomplice to the crime. In a testimonial session which lasted over three hours, she recounted the gory events in nostalgia as she stood in front of the Senate judiciary committee expressly terrified in both shock and pain.

"When I got to the small gathering, people were drinking beer in a small living room on the first floor of the house. I drank one beer that evening. Brett and Mark were visibly drunk. Early in the evening, I went up a narrow set of stairs leading from the living room to a second floor to use the bathroom. When I got to the top of the stairs, I was pushed from behind into a bedroom. I couldn’t see who pushed me. Brett and Mark came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them. There was music already playing in the bedroom. It was turned up louder by either Brett or Mark once we were in the room. I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me. He began running his hands over my body and grinding his hips into me. I yelled, hoping someone downstairs might hear me, and tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy. Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was so drunk, and because I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit under my clothes. I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help.

When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming. This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life. It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me. Both Brett and Mark were drunkenly laughing during the attack. They both seemed to be having a good time. Mark was urging Brett on, although at times he told Brett to stop. A couple of times I made eye contact with Mark and thought he might try to help me, but he did not.

"During this assault, Mark came over and jumped on the bed twice while Brett was on top of me. The last time he did this, we toppled over and Brett was no longer on top of me. I was able to get up and run out of the room. Directly across from the bedroom was a small bathroom. I ran inside the bathroom and locked the door. I heard Brett and Mark leave the bedroom laughing and loudly walk down the narrow stairs, pin-balling off the walls on the way down. I waited and when I did not hear them come back up the stairs, I left the bathroom, ran down the stairs, through the living room, and left the house. I remember being on the street and feeling an enormous sense of relief that I had escaped from the house and that Brett and Mark were not coming after me".

Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, wrote a letter in July to Rep. Anna Eshoo and Sen. Dianne Feinstein that said Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in Bethesda, Maryland, when the two were in high school.

Following a supplemental Senate Judiciary committee findings and an added FBI investigation which was billed to span through a week, the US Senate in a very dicey vote count, confirmed the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh officially after a close victory call 50–48 on October 6.

This confirmation process was the closest since Thomas Clarence in 1991 . Also, it is one of the tightest lead since the civil war. The admission of Brett Kavanaugh into the highest court in the United States might seem a big win both for President Trump and the Republicans, however, it leaves series of questions mark yet unanswered:
* How well does this endorsement affects the overall morality of the Supreme court?
*To what extent will this endorsement of Brett Kavanaugh impact the #METOO campaign?
*With a Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice, what now lies the fate of victims of sexual harassment?
*Given a president Trump and a Brett Kavanaugh occupying two of the most exotic offices in the United States, does this mean a win win situation for sexual offenders?
*Is the United States gradually loosing her most treasured institutions to extreme far-right populist?

Indeed but then again very serious objections as Brett Kavanaugh carries on as a Supreme Court Justice for a tenure only a voluntary retirement could cut short. However the case, will a Brett Kavanaugh prove himself right in the discharge of his functions dutifully and rightly rather than appeal to sentiments and emotions when same case of sexual misconduct is brought before Her Lordship.
Cite This Article As: Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr.. "Brett Kavanaugh endorsement and the morality of the Supreme Court ." International Youth Journal, 16. October 2018.

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