Nov 7, 2019

Ruth Bader Ginsburg questions NDAs in the #MeToo era

Justice Ginsburg sits in her chambers in 2002. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

A new book on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she hopes that non-disclosure agreements, which have come under fire in sexual misconduct cases, "will not be enforced by the courts," the AP reports.

Why it matters: In "Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law," out this week, the 86-year-old feminist icon questions whether the #MeToo movement will render such secrecy clauses obsolete. Several women, after signing NDAs, had to take financial and legal risks to speak out about their encounters with male predators.

The other side: Some lawyers who represent women today in sexual misconduct cases, including Debra Katz and Gloria Allred, said NDAs are essential.

  • "Employers would not be willing to pay the kind of settlement that they pay now if they believe that all other employees would know," said Katz, who represented Christine Blasey Ford in her Senate testimony.

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Protests for George Floyd continue for 10th day

Thousands of protesters march over the Brooklyn Bridge on June 4 in New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

All four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged for George Floyd’s death and are in custody, including Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The latest: Crowds gathered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Thursday evening and in Atlanta, Georgia, despite the rain. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined demonstrators on Thursday. Demonstrators in Washington, D.C. dispersed following a thunderstorm and rain warning for the region.

Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.