New Justice

There may or may not be a new Justice on the Supreme Court named Brett Kavanaugh. However, there is a new justice in the country. Maybe it is necessary to swing the pendulum toward taking accusations of sexual assault more seriously. Yet it’s a dangerous precedent.

Overreach has again taken over a valid debate. Media interviews with roommates and classmates whose sources are neither vetted nor corroborated have thrown journalism standards out.

Ben Sasse of Nebraska took to the Senate floor to rail against the mishandling of the Kavanaugh nomination. He said he’d suggested nominating a woman before anyone was chosen because he knew the current cast of characters couldn’t have a nuanced discussion of sexual harassment issues. He was right. Overreach usually begets backlash. We’ll see in the mid-terms.

Sarah & The Supremes

Sarah Baumgartel for petitioner – ScotusBlog

Gundy v. United States, presented to the Supreme Court today by Attorney Sarah Baumgartel, Federal Defenders of New York:

Sarah argued that her petitioner’s case, “Combines criminal law-making and executive power in precisely the way that the Constitution was designed to prohibit.”  Justice Neil Gorsuch agreed saying Congress gave the attorney general a “blank check.”  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that Gorsuch had concisely stated Baumgartel’s argument. Sarah joked she should end her arguments right there, saying “I’ll cede my time,” drawing laughs from the crowd.     – The Hill

High praise from RBG. Doesn’t get any better than that!

Supreme Argument

Our niece-in-law Sarah Baumgartel brought a case to the Highest Court last year which was accepted to be heard. As Brett Kavanaugh awaits his fate in the wings for the 9th Supreme seat, Sarah will be center stage arguing her case before the current 8 Justices.

Wall Street Journal article.

October 2. Gundy v. United States – The question before the Supreme Court in Gundy is whether SORNA’s (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act) delegation of authority to the U.S. Attorney General to retroactively impose the law’s registration requirements violates the nondelegation doctrine. This rarely invoked constitutional principle prohibits Congress from delegating away its lawmaking power without an adequate guiding principle to rein in the delegatee’s exercise of independent decision-making.

Well done and good luck, Sarah!

Solid Citizens

Senator Jeff Flake, Republican from Snowflake, Arizona is anything but. He and his Democrat compadre Chris Coons created a compromise that will stand the test of time. A delay to allay deep divisions in the country before confirming a flawed Supreme Court nominee. Brett Kavanaugh may or may not survive in the fray. Either way. America wins.

Global Citizen 2018. Both Coons and Flake are here in Central Park. As well as John Legend. Shawn Mendes. Janet Jackson. The Weeknd. Cardi B. We can hear them from our house. After a beautiful green day spent at favorite Tavern in the Park with fun family.

Ryder Cup. As usual. Euros have the most personality. And this year. Most talent. We’ll see. Molliwood!

Fiend or Foe

Brett Kavanaugh may or may not have been a drunken aggressor in high school or a frat fiend in college. If so, he should be disqualified for a seat on the Supreme Court. My experience with DKE, of which he was a member, is that it was a notoriously nasty fraternity of jocks who behaved badly toward outsider men and women alike. 

That said, what’s going on in our country now is scary. If a person can accuse another person of a serious action or even crime by writing an anonymous letter, which is immediately published or read on national television, we should all be very afraid. Get into your bunkers and hide. One phone call to Ronan Farrow can ruin the reputation and career of anyone. Innocent until proven guilty is gone. No one is safe.