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Ethics Complaints Against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Dismissed
WASHINGTON — All of the 83 ethics complaints filed against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during and after his confirmation to the US Supreme Court will remain dismissed, a nationwide committee of federal judges concluded Thursday, marking the judiciary's final word on the subject.

The decision from the Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability confirms a ruling in late 2018 from an intermediate panel of judges dismissing the complaints, finding that Kavanaugh stopped being covered by the federal judiciary's internal ethics review system the moment he was confirmed to former justice Anthony Kennedy's seat in October.

There is no appeal option from here. The Supreme Court doesn't have its own formal ethics review process like the one that covers the federal appeals and district courts, and Thursday's decision makes clear that conduct by a lower court judge — Kavanaugh previously served on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit — falls outside of the judiciary's ethics review process as soon as that judge is elevated to the Supreme Court.

The only body with the power to take action against Kavanaugh now is Congress, and notwithstanding fierce Democratic opposition to his nomination, there's been no effort by lawmakers to act so far. Supreme Court justices, like federal judges in the lower courts, can be impeached for misconduct, but it's extremely rare.

A coalition of liberal legal groups and court watchdogs sent a letter to House Democrats in April urging them to take up the investigation into allegations raised during Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings that he participated in sexual assault when he was in high school and, separately, how the White House and the Senate responded to those claims when they came up. No congressional committee has held hearings or publicly expressed plans to do so.
Kavanaugh  ethics  assault  justice 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
VIDEO: Hirono Questions Kavanaugh On Day Two Of Senate Hearing
VIDEO: Hirono Questions Kavanaugh On Day Two Of Senate Hearing
(BIVN) – Senator Hirono questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during the high-profile confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Hirono grilled Kavanaugh on, as she puts it, “his past offensive comments about Native Hawaiians, the importance of confronting the scourge of sexual harassment, and the nominee’s unwillingness to affirm a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion,” as the Hawaii senator put it, during her first round of questioning.

Hirono has already announced that she will oppose the Kavanaugh nomination. “At this moment of danger for our democracy, the American people do not need a rubber stamp for Donald Trump on the Supreme Court,” she said.
sexual_harassment  Mazie_Hirono  Kavanaugh  Hawaii  Supreme_Court 
october 2018 by Quercki
U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress - 2nd Session
YEAs to confirm Kavanaugh
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Capito (R-WV)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Ernst (R-IA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Gardner (R-CO)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kennedy (R-LA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lankford (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
Manchin (D-WV)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Perdue (R-GA)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sasse (R-NE)
Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL)
Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD)
Tillis (R-NC)
Toomey (R-PA)
Wicker (R-MS)
Young (R-IN)
Kavanaugh  Supreme_Court  vote 
october 2018 by Quercki
You Are A Good Man — Willa Mamet
told a blonde joke, told a woman what she wanted for dinner/to drink/to do socially, leered, jeered, commandeered the conversation when she was speaking or waiting to speak, policed her tone, called a woman bossy/brassy/upstart/slut/whore/dyke/controlling/mannish, used the word “cunt” or “pussy” to mean anything other than a body part in any tone other than reverent, accused a woman of anger as if hers were other than a reasonable response, told a woman she’d look better if ________, mentioned her weight (unless you’re a doctor administering medication), uncomplainingly witnessed your fellowman get a promotion when a female applicant was equally qualified, “There just weren’t any women who _____ (wanted the job, showed up, played trombone, knew math)”, said that you “allowed” her to ______ (insert: work, pay, pick something up, hold the door, drive, make decisions, be the/a breadwinner), insisted on helping a woman who had vocally refused your offer, catcalled, insulted her anatomy, let misogynist comments of your fellowman go unchecked, participated in locker-room-talk, quietly listened to those “other guys” locker-room-talking, called her sweetheart/honey/darling/baby/little lady (who was not), your eyes were down there, refused proper anatomical language for her body in place of euphemisms (especially when talking to children),
sexism  Kavanaugh  male  allies  #NotAllMen 
october 2018 by Quercki
Perjury Complaint Against Brett Kavanaugh To Be Heard By Merrick Garland
Donald Trump’s most recent Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is facing perjury complaints for his testimony before Congress during the Senate hearing for his confirmation.

The Democratic Coalition, in their initial complaint, alleges that Kavanaugh’s testimony, not only in this hearing but in other testimony before Congress, includes false statements about certain documents said to be stolen from Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The complaint will now be heard by none other than Merrick Garland — President Obama’s pick for SCOTUS, who was denied a hearing.
Kavanaugh  Democrats  stolen  documents  spying  perjury 
october 2018 by Quercki
Deborah Copaken: My Rapist Apologized - The Atlantic
On Friday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that he has “no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents.”

Let me tell you what life was like as a girl in Montgomery County, Maryland, in the early 1980s. I am a year older than Christine Blasey Ford and a year younger than Brett Kavanaugh. I grew up in Potomac, Maryland, a few miles from both Holton Arms, Ford’s school, and Georgetown Prep, which Kavanaugh attended, but I went to my local public high school, Churchill. Never mind that any girl who was in high school in Potomac during that era knew, through the whisper network, not to go to a Georgetown Prep party alone. That was a given. What was also a given is that “date rape,” as a term, was in its infancy. Most of us thought getting our bodies groped at a high-school party—or anywhere—was the unfortunate price we paid for having them, not something we would ever go to the police to report.
rape  Kavanaugh 
september 2018 by Quercki
Brett Kavanaugh 'sexual assault victim' speaks out - BBC News
A woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has identified herself.

Christine Blasey Ford told the Washington Post Mr Kavanaugh had pinned her to a bed and tried to undress her when they were both teenagers.

Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations when they first surfaced last week.

The top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are now expected to speak to both Mr Kavanaugh and Mrs Ford.

A spokesperson for Senator Chuck Grassley, t
supreme_court  Kavanaugh  sexual_assault 
september 2018 by Quercki

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