Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a “core right to confront his accuser”.
Last week, Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, accused Kavanaugh — President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court — of a “rape attempt” when they were both high schoolers in the 1980s.
Dershowitz, appearing on Fox News, weighed in on Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) offer for Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying that Kavanaugh should have the opportunity to defend himself from concrete accusations that have been made under oath.
“I believe she has to show up on Monday. If she doesn’t show up on Monday she has violated his core right to confront his accuser. If he shows up, what’s he going to respond to? News reports? She has to go under oath.”
Dershowitz noted an accused’s right to challenge his or her accuser within America’s justice system and broader Western legal history.
“She has to testify,” Dershowitz said. “Nobody should be referring to her as a victim or him as a perpetrator until we hear from both of them under oath [and] subject to cross examination. There is nothing more essential to American justice than the opportunity to cross examine your accuser, to confront your accuser. It’s in the Constitution. Essentially, it goes back to Magna Carta.”
Dershowitz went on,
“The idea that we’re calling somebody a perpetrator and somebody else a victim based solely on he-said-she-said is just wrong, and it’s un-American. She should testify. They should also call in [Mark] Judge and any other witnesses who were at the party, who claim they weren’t at the party. Sure, let them broaden it beyond the two of them.”
“Neither men nor women were born with a gene to lie or tell the truth. Women lie. Men lie. Women forget. Men forget. These are very emotional issues.”
Dershowitz described the “Me Too” campaign as framing men accused of sexual improprieties and/or crimes as guilty until proven innocent.
“That’s what’s happened today with the Me Too movement,” remarked Dershowitz. “In fact, in many respects, men are denied even the opportunity to prove their innocence. In colleges and universities today, it’s enough for a preponderance of the evidence — that means 51 percent — that means 49 out of every 100 people accused on a college campus and convicted may well be innocent.”
Watch Dershowitz’s interview below.
One has to wonder how many bimbos that make accusations without a shred of evidence to back up their stories that Democrats will parade around before they catch on to the fact that the majority of Americans either don’t believe the bimbos, or simply don’t care about some minor supposed transgression that happened decades ago.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual misconduct during a party when they were teenagers will testify in public on Sept. 24, as GOP leaders grudgingly opted for a dramatic showdown they hoped would prevent the accusation from sinking his Supreme Court nomination.
Just hours after GOP leaders signaled their preference for private, staff telephone interviews of Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said his panel would hold a hearing next Monday with both of them. Republican aides spoke by phone Monday with Kavanaugh and tried reaching Ford, Grassley said, but Democrats refused to participate in that process.
“To provide ample transparency, we will hold a public hearing Monday to give these recent allegations a full airing,” Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a written statement.
Earlier, GOP leaders had shown no interest in a theatrical spectacle that would thrust Kavanaugh and Ford before television cameras with each offering public — and no doubt conflicting — versions of what they say did or didn’t happen at a party in the early 1980s. With the #MeToo movement galvanizing liberal and female voters and already costing prominent men their jobs in government, journalism and entertainment, a hearing would be a politically jarring prelude to the November elections for control of Congress.
The announcement came as Republican members of the panel huddled behind closed doors on Monday evening to discuss a path forward for Kavanaugh’s nomination, which was threatening to be derailed by the assault allegation.
“As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard. My staff has reached out to Dr. Ford to hear her account, and they held a follow-up call with Judge Kavanaugh this afternoon. Unfortunately, committee Democrats have refused to join us in this effort. However, to provide ample transparency, we will hold a public hearing Monday to give these recent allegations a full airing,” Grassley said.
The public hearing will spark a media frenzy around Capitol Hill, where the allegations against Kavanaugh have drawn comparison to the Anita Hill hearings, in which a former colleague of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas testified about allegations of sexual harassment. Thomas was confirmed despite Hill’s testimony, which was carried live on television at the time.
Republicans have faced growing calls for Kavanaugh and Ford, his accuser, to speak with lawmakers after Ford told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh pinned her down and tried to remove her clothes at a party when they were both in high school in the early 1980s.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Ford had agreed to testify next week. But her lawyer said earlier Monday that she was willing to testify before the Judiciary Committee.
In another infamous case of Democrats parading bimbos around with no proof of accusations, former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore filed a lawsuit alleging that there was a political conspiracy against him in the 2017 special election.
The complaint was filed in Etowah County, Ala., against some of the women who accused Moore of sexual misconduct — including Debbie Wesson Gibson, Beverly Young Nelson, Leigh Corfman and Tina Johnson — ahead of the vote to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Richard Hagedorn, who said he knew Corfman and revealed he was aware of other alleged incidents involving Moore, was also named in the suit.
“Those accusations involved events that supposedly occurred from 26 to 40 years ago. Yet they all coincidentally surfaced for the first time within a seven-day period, a mere 32 days before the December 12 general election,” the complaint reads.
Moore, a former state Supreme Court chief justice who lost to now-Sen. Doug Jones (D), alleged that his accusers share “common ties” and that they planned to undermine his Senate campaign last year, Fox News reports
“What we’ve documented in this complaint will show the people of Alabama that these people knew what they were doing. They set it out. They described what they were going to do. They did it, and they bragged about doing it afterward,” Moore said at a news conference on Monday.
The complaint also states that only three women “alleged improper conduct” against Moore, despite nine women sharing accusations with the press.
“Although the liberal media, eager to bury Judge Moore’s candidacy, have repeated over and over the mantra of ‘nine accusers,’ in fact only three women alleged improper conduct. Those three accusers, defendants Leigh Corfman, Beverly Nelson, and Tina Johnson have all defamed Judge Moore by accusing him of immoral acts he never committed and adamantly denies,” the complaint reads.
Multiple women came forward during the campaign last year to accuse of Moore of inappropriate sexual misconduct, including one who says she was 16 at the time. The women never produced a single shred of evidence.
The complaint comes after Moore sued Corfman for defamation — after she initially sued him for defamation for denying her claims.
Moore never conceded after his election defeat.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 20th, 2018