In the days since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward with allegations that Brett Kavanaugh, the current nominee for the Supreme Court, sexually assaulted her when she was 15 and he was 17 – we’ve had to withstand Republican Senators and politicos musing aloud whether such allegations should really matter.
In a turn of events that has appalled women (and some men) from coast to coast, some Republican Senators have taken the position that – even if the allegations are true and he actually did assault Dr. Ford in the exact manner she has detailed – it shouldn’t matter in the context of his nomination.
The arguments go something like: Boys will be boys, you know. *wink wink* And it was so, so long ago… Should something that happened 35 years ago really impact someone now?
So let’s boil this question down to what it actually is:
Should a felon be a Supreme Court justice?
Had the assault been reported and prosecuted under the laws on the books today, Judge Kavanaugh could have been charged with Sexual Offense in the third degree (a felony) – which includes sexual contact without consent while putting the victim in fear of being suffocated or killed – or committing the act with another person. (Maryland Criminal Code Sec, 3-307). Dr. Ford has already alleged that Kavanaugh committed the act with another person – Mark Judge. She’s also stated that she did fear for her life, and that Kavanaugh was suffocating her by stifling her screams with his hand.
“Kids” that are older than 16 (which Kavanaugh was) are automatically tried as adults when there’s a charge of third degree sexual offense. Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. §§ 3-8A-03(d)(1) and (4).
Sexual offense in the third degree is a felony punishable with up to 10 years in prison.
So let’s recap.
If Kavanaugh did what Dr. Ford alleges, and was prosecuted, tried and convicted of the most serious offense that he could have been charged with under the laws currently on the books – he’d be a convicted felon right now. (And accordingly wouldn’t even be allowed to vote in Florida, Iowa, Kentucky or Virginia.)
Anybody out there think that the GOP would nominate a convicted felon to the Supreme Court?
So yeah. It matters if the allegations are true.
There should be a full FBI investigation, his nomination should be halted – if not pulled outright – and the truth ascertained so that the American people can be assured that someone sitting on the highest court in the land isn’t a criminal.
But the GOP’s disinterest in finding out whether these allegations are true tells us everything we need to know.
This Senate doesn’t care about the rule of law. Or the integrity of our institutions. Or women.
They care about themselves. And power. And getting lots and lots of money from donors.
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(Besides screaming at the t.v. or our computer screens?)
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