Brett Kavanaugh may still eke out Senate confirmation to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. But even if he does, the abuse accusations against him are certain to change the trajectory of his public life, his judicial career and possibly even his legal rulings.
Before two women stepped forward to accuse him of sexual assault when he was in high school and college, Kavanaugh could safely assume he’d continue his practice of teaching and lecturing at law schools, if he did not win a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court. On either the Supreme Court or the U.S. Court of Appeals, where he currently sits, he could rule on sexual harassment cases without second-guessing. He could be confident that top law school students, men and women, would want to serve as his clerks.
Now all of that is in doubt.
“If the worst of these allegations proven true, he will likely have to resign from the bench,” said Adam Winkler, a specialist in the Supreme Court at University of California, Los Angeles. “If he stays on the bench, these allegations could hurt him with clerkship applicants . . . especially among women.”
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