By Carina Lopez ’20
On July nine, President Donald Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh has served Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia court of appeals.
Why does this nomination matter so much?
For starters, a Supreme Court justice serves for life, until you retire. Their political standings matter as well for the future of this country. Also, it matters because the Supreme Court has the power to regulate/ supervise both the Congress and the President, making sure both Congress and the president abide by the constitution as well as states, etc.
Recently, sexual assault allegations have come out against Kavanaugh. These allegations are coming from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.
Dr. Ford according to Wikipedia, “is a Professor of Psychology at Palo Alto University and a Research Psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine.” Deborah Ramirez is the second accuser.
Note: Deborah Ramirez will not be mentioned again in this article, as she, unlike Dr. Ford, did not have a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This in no way discredits her story. Her story is just as important.
How did it all begin? Dr. Ford attended a party and met Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh then allegedly sexually assaulted Dr. Ford along with another man, Mark Judge.
Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.
Both Dr. Ford and Kavanaugh had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Both faced questions from the committee, who are a total of 21 senators. Who according to Wikipedia, “-oversees the Department of Justice (DOJ), consider executive nominations, and review pending legislation.” Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell also was part of the questions of Dr. Ford.
In her hearing, Dr. Ford described the events, “-I don’t remember as much as I would like to. But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult.”
So again, why does this matter? How is Pritzker affected?
Well, if Judge Kavanaugh is elected as a justice, this will be a symbol to all women that their stories do not matter. That this country does not care for women and time and time again they have demonstrated this. Through Anita Hill and many other women.
This will also affect laws. Kavanaugh is a conservative and although he has not said it explicitly he is pro-life which can affect abortion laws as it would be another conservative and white male in the Supreme Court. The branches of government will all be republican dominated.
Alondra Moreno, a junior, expressed her views, “I am honestly not sure whom to believe. I do believe Dr. Ford. I do believe she was sexually assaulted, but I don’t know if it was Kavanaugh.”
Whom do you believe?
Update: Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed as a justice for the Supreme Court.
Personal statement: As a Journalist for the Pritzker Press, I found it rather difficult to stay objective throughout the article. I managed to stay objective, however. The only point in which bias is shown is in the choice of the picture. I am on Dr. Ford’s side.