On the Basis of Sex

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Patricia Maunder Monday, 04 February 2019
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Recent years have highlighted the politicisation of appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States, and how consequential these judgeships can be. Following the death in 2016 of arch-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Barack Obama, in his final months as US president, nominated moderate Merrick Garland, whom the Republican-controlled Senate refused to confirm.

Newly elected President Donald Trump filled the vacancy with conservative Neil Gorsuch, who was soon joined on the bench by Brett Kavanaugh, a man of similar political leanings. Kavanaugh’s appointment was deeply controversial, as accusations of sexual assault during his college years emerged.

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Patricia Maunder

Patricia Maunder

Patricia Maunder has been a media professional for more than twenty-five years, covering travel, lifestyle, and the arts in print, online, and radio. She has extensive experience as an arts critic, particularly theatre, opera, books, and film, including for Australian Book Review, Limelight, and ArtsHub. Based in Melbourne, she lived in Montreal in 2012–16, and is the author of a travel guidebook for that city to be published by Hardie Grant in April 2019. www.patriciamaunder.com

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