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Nov
28

Neomi Rao Was Right About Dwarf Tossing, Dignity, and Consent. She Deserves To Be a Federal Judge.

From: Reason

A defense of Brett Kavanaugh’s nominated replacement on the D.C. Circuit.

Seven years ago Neomi Rao, President Donald Trump’s pick to replace now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, defended the concept of “dwarf tossing”—wherein someone with dwarfism voluntarily allows himself to be thrown, while wearing protective gear, onto a padded surface. While invoking the example was no doubt provocative, Rao’s larger point dealt not with the sport itself but with the dignity inherent to making consensual arrangements.

Rao is best known for her strong background in the regulatory world—she currently serves as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. If she is confirmed, her docket at the D.C. Circuit will relate directly to her expertise.

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