The New Justice for Brett Kavanaugh


   Written By: Sophia Bond  10-25-18 
    With the Senate voting a 50-48, it has been confirmed that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will now be Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The voting process was consistently interrupted by protesters shouting their dissatisfaction of the confirmation. People also descended on the Capitol to protest. Kavanaugh is taking Justice Anthony Kennedy’s place, and both Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts will swear him in as a justice later Saturday. He will be sworn in Saturday so “he can begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately.”
President Donald Trump has said some encouraging things for Kavanaugh transitioning from Judge to Justice. Here are President Trump’s words on October 6th, “I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!”
Even with this success, there will always be a cloud over Kavanaugh due to Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in high school. Ford had said that while they were both in high school he had tried to rape her at a house party in 1982. Another two accusations, both decades old, followed. Julie Swetnick alleged that she had been gang raped at a party Kavanaugh had attended and Deborah Ramirez alleged that while Kavanaugh and Ramirez were in college he exposed himself to her.
Ford was called before the Senate for her testimony September 27th. This caused more women to step forward to say their own stories of sexual assault by Kavanaugh. In response, Kavanaugh’s testimony was a very definite denial of any and all claims of impropriety.
In the end, Ford’s testimony was not enough to persuade a significant number of Senators to vote against Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh’s reputation as a Justice may always be tainted due to this. There will alwaysbe questions about the allegations of sexual misconduct. But even with this cloud of questions, Brett Kavanaugh is the new Justice.