"It is not my duty to decide whether Canbero is fit for the Supreme Court. My duty is to tell the truth."
A Senate hearing on U.S. President Donald Trump's second Supreme Court justice, Brett Canbero, was held at 10 a.m. (local time, 11 p.m.) on Tuesday. The hearing was different from the previous Supreme Court hearing in many ways. It is the first procedure to confirm the highest position in the judiciary that has been embroiled in a controversy since the Mittoo campaign that hit the world since last year.
Kristin Blacy Ford (52), a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University in California, was seen as a witness in the hearing amid media attention around the world. Professor Ford has claimed that he failed to sexually assault him while he was in high school in 1982 when he met him at a party. The U.S. media reported that Ford hesitated to win the position as a legal expert, but now it is time to fulfill his social responsibilities. Caberno is a federal appeals judge in Washington D.C.
The Senate Judiciary Committee was more tense than ever when a vote was scheduled for the next day. Dozens of survivors of sexual violence gathered at the Capitol building and protested demanding the retraction of the Canbero designation. Actress Alica Milano, who proposed the "Mitu" campaign in the wake of a series of Hollywood sexual assault charges last year, also appeared.
An extraterrestrial question asked by the Republican Party was also eye-catching. It was Rachel Mitchell, a veteran female prosecutor in Maricopa County, Arizona, who asked Ford on behalf of all male Republican jurors. Mitchell, who has worked in a department exclusively for sexual crimes such as child sexual assaults, was sentenced to 111 years in connection with the sexual harassment of a Catholic priest Paul LeBron in 2005.
The reason why the Republican Party invited female prosecutors as questioners is because of the "study effect" of the 1991 hearing. Clarence Thomas, a conservative Supreme Court justice nominee who was nominated by then U.S. President George W. Bush, was also under suspicion of sexual harassment right before the vote was approved. Anita Hill, a 35-year-old black woman, testified in detail how her boss, Thomas, was usually sexually harassed at a live hearing on TV.
However, members of the Legislation and Judiciary Committee, who were all male, consistently asked Hill the "responsibility for the victims." As a result, Thomas was approved as the Supreme Court justice for life, but the female and progressive media strongly criticized the decision, calling it the result of "deflection questions." By giving a female prosecutor a "kaljaru" this time, Republicans sought to block criticism of "caberno siding."
In 1991, there was a controversy over racial discrimination in that Thomas was the second black Supreme Court justice to be nominated. On the other hand, Caberno is expected to have a strong influence on the U.S. struggle last year. Hill also said in his lecture at the University of Utah on Wednesday that the U.S. movement provided a long-term solution. Hill, who is currently a professor at Brandeis University, added, "It was the equality of the law against all people that was in danger in 1991 that is still the case."