“I’m innocent. This thing was sprung on me. This thing was sprung at the last minute,” replied Judge Kavanaugh while testifying at a senate hearing regarding the assault of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. This is a case that has resulted in strong emotional responses throughout the nation. All over America, everyone was talking about the controversial judge-to-be: not only one aspiring for the highest court in the land, but also one who has recently been dealing with serious allegations of sexual assault.
For those who may not know, Brett Kavanaugh is currently an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President Donald Trump to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9th. It was two weeks after this announcement that Dr .Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, wrote to her state senator, Dianne Feinstein, detailing the assault she experienced in high school due to Brett Kavanaugh. Two months later, on September 16th, Dr. Ford came forward with her allegations in The Washington Post. Shortly after Dr. Ford brought these allegations to the public, two other allegations of sexual assault came to light.
The senate hearing of Dr. Ford testifying to the trauma she faced touched the nation. “I am not here because I want to be. I am terrified. But, I am here because it is my civic duty, to tell you what happened to me what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school,” Dr. Ford stated. She described the night of the assault in great detail . What followed later was testimony from Judge Kavanaugh, which was repetitive to say the least. “I’m innocent, this was sprung on me, etc” were remarks repeatedly exclaimed over and over throughout the duration of his testimony. One might say the ending of this hearing, pertaining to the exchange between Senator Kennedy and Brett Kavanaugh, was truly the highlight of the hearing. After confirming Kavanaugh’s faith in God, Kennedy went to end the hearing by asking Kavanaugh to swear by the Lord that he did not do what the accusations insinuate. “None of these allegations are true?” Kennedy asked. “Correct,” Kavanaugh said.
When asked about this debacle that has the nation talking, Queens College’s women’s’ studies professor, Carol Giardina, went on to comment on a number of things. In response to Kavanaugh’s swearing in, she stated, “I don’t think his tenure on the court is at all secure. Most men don’t sexually assault women. But, most women have been sexually harassed and worse. That means the men who do engage in criminal sexist assault are repeaters.” Additionally, she added, “Even Supreme Court justices are not above the law. The Feminist Bureau of Investigation will not let Kavanaugh’s record close. More survivors will come forward. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.’”
Ultimately, it remains to be seen how Brett Kavanaugh’s role as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States plays out. One must be wary that five out of the nine seats on the bench are held by conservative judges, implying that many important groundbreaking decisions may be up for debate by the court.