Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:38:57 AM EST
Damn ... it was so obvious but on behalf of one's own career everyone remained silent. Until the #MeToo movement started to open a necessary debate ...
Court Employees Ready To Come Forward About Brett Kavanaugh, But Fear Retaliation The Hill - 9 hrs ago |
Brett Kavanaugh is Donald Trump's pick for the SCOTUS seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, and he's increasingly surrounded by controversy. After a woman who says Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school came forward to share her story, an attorney is sharing a letter he says he sent to Senators in July, letting them know that federal court employees also have concerns.
Multiple court employees approached attorney Cyrus Sanai, he says, to share concerns and stories before the confirmation of Kavanaugh. In a July letter, Sanai informed senators Chuck Grassley and Diane Feinstein that these individuals wanted to share their concerns, but were afraid of retaliation.
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According to The Intercept, neither senator responded.
Sanai references former Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, who resigned in December 2017 after 15 women came forward to share their stories of his inappropriate behavior, ranging, the LA Times reports, from showing them pornography without consent and touching them inappropriately. Sanai was an early whistleblower on the case, and says he faced retaliatory behavior from the judge afterward.
○ Essay: Sexual Harassment and the Bench - June 2018
Complaints of Sexual Harassment by Judges May Call Attention to Other Forms of Judicial Abuse
The year 2017 ushered in an extraordinary wave of allegations of sexual abuse against men in high positions in all walks of life, who used their power and influence to harass, intimidate and sexually abuse women employees and colleagues with whom they were associated. And, because every adult understands the nature of such charges, the hue and cry over sexual abuse has captured the public's attention and become a force for social change.
Now gripping the public's interest is the sexual abuse committed by judges, exemplified by the small sampling presented on this website involving Judges Walter S. Smith Jr., Samuel B. Kent, Wade McCree Jr., David Bell, Robert F. Collins, and now Judge Alex Kozinski [NYT link] (see below).
Because Kozinski resigned, the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980, which authorized the investigation, no longer applies to him, the council said.
At least 15 women, including some former law clerks, accused him of groping them, showing them pornography, or making off-color comments. Judge Kozinski is still entitled to his full retirement pay, Geyh told Bloomberg Law in a Feb. 6 email.
Faced with the growing demands of courtroom personnel to address the issue of sexual abuse by male judges, Supreme Court Chief Justice John B. Roberts Jr., in his 2017 Year-End Report, offered only disingenuous assertions about the integrity of the men and women who comprise the judiciary, their intolerance of harassment, and their dedication to providing recourse for any victims. His message is typical of the hypocrisy that predicts no change from within that branch of government allowed to discipline itself.
Occurring below the public's radar -- and in contrast to judges being charged with sexual conduct -- are those judges, both male and female, who exercise their extraordinary powers to allow political, personal, or professional associations to influence their rulings to favor one party in a proceeding, notwithstanding the merits of the opposing party. A noteworthy example is the judicial abuse practiced by Judge Helen G. Berrigan and tenaciously defended by the higher courts.
Law Prof: 'Cannot Possibly Be True' Kavanaugh Didn't Know About Ex-Boss' History of Sexual Misconduct | Law & Crime - July 14, 2018 |
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is increasingly under fire over whether he knew about the decades-long sexual misconduct of fellow federal judge-and former boss-Alex Kozinski. Defenders say the attacks are baseless, but one law professor isn't so sure.
Women's rights organization UltraViolet released a statement to the media assailing Kavanaugh's relationship with Kozinski and suggesting Kavanaugh might have played an untoward role in covering up Kozinski's behavior:
Judge Kozinski's office had a long history of being a toxic and dangerous environment for women. The American public deserves to know what Kavanaugh saw and heard, and if he did witness or hear about any harassment, what he did or could have done to report it.
○ Kavanaugh clerk hire casts light on link to judge forced to quit in #MeToo era | The Guardian - today |
Where does the term stonewalling originate ... U.S. Congress to force the terms of a slim majority onto the electorate and "We The People" ...
E-mails Show That Republican Senate Staff Stymied a Kavanaugh Accuser's Effort to Give Testimony | The New Yorker |
At that point, Heather Sawyer, the Democratic staffer who was copied on the e-mails in accordance with committee policy, wrote to Davis, "As you're aware, Ms. Ramirez's counsel have repeatedly requested to speak with the Committee, on a bipartisan basis, to determine how to proceed. You refused. I've never encountered an instance where the Committee has refused even to speak with an individual or counsel. I am perplexed as to why this is happening here, except that it seems designed to ensure that the Majority can falsely claim that Ms. Ramirez and her lawyers refused to cooperate. That simply is not true."
Davis responded, "I have not refused to speak with anyone. I am simply requesting - for the 7th time now over the last 48 hours - that Ms. Ramirez's attorneys provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with any evidence that they have before we move to the next steps." (Emphasis in original.) Finally, one of Ramirez's lawyers sent a formal letter requesting an F.B.I. investigation. The letter said that Ramirez "is willing to cooperate with the Committee," and that her efforts to do so were being rebuffed.
Smart words from America's president and supreme abuser and groper ...
A follow-up from my previous diary …
○ Choir Boy Brett Shows His Belligerent Side