Outcome of Kavanaugh’s Controversial Trial


Picture by Mark Peterson. Brett Kavanaugh defends himself in court after several woman came forward accusing him of sexual misconduct.

Grace Wood, Sports Editor

The Senate appointed Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, on Oct. 6, despite allegations of sexual misconduct made by several women.

These accusations arose after Senator Dianne Feinstein announced receiving an anonymous letter pertaining to these allegations. However, the FBI had not found any evidence leading them to believe there was any sexual misconduct in his past. It was later revealed the woman who wrote the letter was Christine Basely Ford, a well-respected psychology professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at Stanford University.

Kavanaugh thoroughly denied having anything to do with the incident; in response, Ford spoke out reinstating her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. In addition to Ford, more women like Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick announced they had witnessed Kavanaugh acting inappropriately on several different occasions.

After hearing these womens’ testimonies, hundreds of protesters gathered outside of senate buildings in hopes of convincing senators to vote against Kavanaugh. The protest went out of control when some of the protesters decided to make an attempt to intimidate the senators, resulting in the protesters arrest.

The court did not find Kavanaugh guilty of any of these allegations. The court favored Kavanaugh when the main accuser, Ford, started mixing up and contradicting key details and elements of the incident. As a result, the court proceeded with his confirmation on Oct.6, and they made the decision to swear him in as the 114th Supreme Court Justice.

While the Senate settled this case in court, there are still many people who believe that justice was not served for these women and that the FBI did not do enough to investigate these allegations. For instance, North Forsyth Junior, Jo Loaner said, “The recent appointment of the Kavanaugh trial is a tragedy for American politics. It is proof that those in power do not care about serious crimes or the possibility of them. It scares me, because more people will get off after doing said crimes.”

Both Democratic and Republican women are up in arms regarding to this issue, including many American citizens as well. On the other hand, there are people like Republican Senator Susan Collins who carefully interviewed Kavanaugh and some of his close colleagues as well as listened to Ford’s testimony, leading her to make the decision to vote in support of Kavanaugh.

Whether or not justice was served for these women, Kavanaugh will be serving as a judge in the Supreme Court.