Editorial: Supreme Court Nominations Should Have More Elaborate Investigations

Laurel Fleszar, Reporter

In late 2018, the United States of America was abuzz with news about Brett Kavanaugh. A man accused of sexual assault who is now one of the nine highest judges in America.

While he has numerous accomplishments, he has other qualities that shouldn’t be present in a Supreme Court Justice. The current, necessary, implied qualifications or those stated in the Constitution are not enough to ensure that the Supreme Court receives competent and proper justices.

The Supreme Court stands as the highest court in our country and judges important cases. Its justices should be seen as the most objective and most qualified. They should not be known for avidly supporting a political party, ideology or acting immaturely.

These undesirable characteristics can be avoided by utilizing a strict investigation process.

However, the only official requirements for a Supreme Court justice are set about by the US Constitution and say that the president must nominate a candidate and a simple majority of the Senate must approve of them. The Constitution does not require an investigation of qualifications.

However, unofficial qualificationsーsuch as schooling, law degree, clerkship, and hours of practiceーexist to ensure that the candidates are qualified. These make sure that a candidate has an exceptional knowledge of law, precedents, and how the court system works.

These aspects, as well as character, are crucial. They should be investigated for accuracy and quality, for there are numerous people who hold similar qualifications. The Supreme Court needs the most qualified for the position.

As of 2017, there were 870 federal judgeship positions nationwide, according to US Courts. The only thing that sets them apart is their character, perspective, and history; therefore, the investigation process must be completely sound.

Recently, a candidate is determined to be of sound character by using something called the Senate Judiciary Committee to screen candidates. A panel of this committee begins by having the candidate fill out a questionnaire about their previous experience, and then the committee asks the candidate some questions.

Normally, there are no FBI investigations included in this process, but there should be. The selection of a Supreme Court justice is a matter of federal importance.

It is easy for a candidate to appear qualified and desirable in a single judiciary panel held by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but a Supreme Court position is for life. Their entire life conduct and experiences should be brought into consideration using an FBI investigation.

You can achieve this by contacting your local or national representatives and informing them of the reasons why a Supreme Court justice should be investigated by the FBI. Then ask them to bring the ideas to the national level.