Jessica Goodheart: Senator Charles Grassley has raced to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, in spite of sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee. Contrast this with Grassley’s public support for victims of sexual harassment in the judicial branch during a June hearing of his committee.
Wendy McElroy: The thrust is to stiffen legal protections for an accused through more rigorous due process and to provide relief to lawsuit-prone schools that now function as police, judge and jury in assault investigations.
Tom Hall: If Kavanaugh were honest about his history, would the proper response to the current accusation be his strident denial, or would it be an acknowledgment that he had times of conduct that he cannot remember, and that an unremembered event could have occurred?
Bill Blum: Speaking of pardons, whatever Trump has told you or signaled, “forgettaboutit.” Now that you’ve flipped on him, you’re going to experience the full force of his malignant narcissism.
Michael Hertz: The real question is whether this incident demonstrates an antipathy by Kavanaugh towards women’s rights or a willingness to partake in illegal acts.
Bill Blum: Impeachment is not limited to indictable offenses. As Alexander Hamilton wrote, impeachment extends to serious violations of “the public trust.”
Bill Blum: Kavanaugh’s confirmation will mark the triumph of a conservative legal counterrevolution aimed at neutralizing the use of law as an instrument of progressive social and economic reform.
Ted Vaill: It is time to revisit the timeline which sets forth the development of the “collusion” allegations which might be brought forth by Special Counsel Mueller against the President of the Electoral College of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
Murray Polner: “Let me tell you,” said Schumer, by then head of the Senate Democrats, “You take on the Intelligence Community [and] they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”
Brent Budowsky: The unprecedented spectacle of a president attacking his own attorney general over a pending investigation began long ago and has continued relentlessly ever since.
Bill Blum: Lacking proof of guilt, the prosecution resorted to one of the dirtiest tricks in the trade, turning to a notorious jailhouse informant named Sidney Storch to salvage its case.
Dahlia Ferlito: In the person of Ed Buck, a wealthy, white, gay, West Hollywood political donor, we see how racism, classism, and internalized homophobia intersect to cause grave physical and emotional harm to young, gay Black men – and in the case of Gemmel Moore, even death. It is appalling that Ed Buck is still free.
The NLG-LA Workers Rights Committee just released its long-anticipated Know-Your-Rights in the Workplace booklets in Spanish and English.