The Week in Women: Trump’s possible Supreme Court pick, new charges against Weinstein and Ivanka’s #MeToo moment

Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a ceremony for her investiture as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in February 2018 at Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana. (Julian Velasco via The New York Times)

Make sure to be on your best behavior, because this week’s newsletter is all about law and order (dun dun). Let’s take a look back, shall we?

An Oregon resident called the police on State Representative Janelle Bynum, a first-term Democrat who is running for re-election and was canvassing a neighborhood in her district. The unnamed woman told police that she saw Bynum, who is black, “[spending] a long time at houses in the area and appearing to be casing the neighborhood while on her phone.” Fortunately, the local deputy who arrived on the scene recognized Bynum and let her call the woman who reported her as dangerous. Bynum said that the woman apologized to her, but also insisted “she called 911 for the safety of her neighborhood.” This is not the first time in recent weeks that police have been summoned to curtail the innocuous behavior of law-abiding African Americans. There must be something in the permit-less water.

The district attorney’s office in Manhattan announced three additional charges against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on Monday. Weinstein was charged with another count of criminal sexual act in the first degree for an incident that allegedly took place in 2006, and he was charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault. Those charges carry penalties of 10 years to life in prison. “A Manhattan Grand Jury has now indicted Harvey Weinstein on some of the most serious sexual offenses that exist under New York’s Penal Law,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. said in a statement announcing the additional charges. “This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward.”

News that comedian Andy Dick has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery for allegedly groping a woman as she passed him in the street has prompted an examination of Dick’s disturbing past behavior — including a 2007 incident in which he subjected Ivanka Trump to his gross attentions. Appearing alongside Trump on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Dick commented that she had “glitter” on her legs and then proceeded to rub them (shudder). Eventually, Kimmel had to stand up and grab Dick’s arm to get him to stop. Trump and Kimmel tried to laugh the incident off, and the studio audience seemed to find the whole thing very funny. Well, Dick, nobody is laughing now.

President Trump has reportedly narrowed his shortlist of candidates for the Supreme Court to three judges, and former Notre Dame law professor and federal appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett is said to be a leading favorite. Barrett has written extensively about how her Catholic faith compels her to protect “unborn victims” and she has expressed the belief that judges should put their religious convictions ahead of their judicial duty. Some commenters have posited that Trump is a fan of Barrett’s “telegenic” appearance, but we simply cannot believe this.

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