Second Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward

Second Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward September 24, 2018
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A new accusation of sexual misconduct has surfaced against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. This time, it’s an allegation of exposing himself and pushing his penis into the face of a female classmate at Yale. Once again, he was drunk at the time, once he again he says it’s a lie, and once again the right-wing media is going to work, attacking his accuser. 

I would caution any woman who wants to come forward, either in support of Dr Christine Ford or this latest victim, who has been identified as Deborah Ramirez, to lawyer up before they make their statements. Ditto for other women Judge Kavanaugh has assaulted. I would not be surprised at all if a lone woman who makes such claims without an attorney to protect her might find herself the object of extreme bullying and threats from Congressional staff, all in an effort to silence her and get her to back down.  

It is typical of sexual assault, as in the situation with Dr Christine Ford and in this case, that the so-called “witnesses” are themselves co-perpetrators. Mark Judge, who is often referred to as a “witness” of the assault on Dr Christine Ford, and who conveniently says he “doesn’t remember,” was himself a co-perpetrator. Dr Ford says that he was yelling “go for it” while she was attacked and then jumped on the bed on top of Kavanaugh and her.

In the case of Deborah Ramirez the “witnesses” were themselves co-perpetrators, yelling “kiss it” when Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face. It turns out that several of them have signed a letter saying that they “don’t believe” Dr Ford and are now working on his “team,” which is also typical of these gang-bang bondings. Just ask any woman who was raped at a fraternity party, or the victim of any other gang rape or assault.

The truth is, Deborah Ramirez evidently told a number of people about this attack immediately after it happened, and over 500 women from Dr Ford’s school have signed a letter in support of her.

Our serial sexual predator president — whose victims have also been attacked and disbelieved — is all behind Judge Kavanaugh, and the Republican Senate is pushing full steam ahead to confirm him. Because, you know, he’s the only possible nominee for the Court and if he’s not confirmed and the president has to nominate someone else just like many other presidents have done when a nominee fails to be confirmed, the world will end.  Or something like that.

As for me, I think we’ve already got a sexual predator in the White House. I don’t think we need another one on the Supreme Court where he will decide the legal standing of sexual assault victims for generations to come.

You can read about this latest charge here.

This is an interview — a rather hostile interview — with Ronin Farrow about Deborah Ramirez. I am grateful to Ronan Farrow for the work he’s done on behalf of sexual assault victims. And I am in awe of the courage of both these women.

https://youtu.be/-5ugZ2m57SU

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9 responses to “Second Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward”

  1. I guess I just believe that overall, a person should have the right to a fair trial. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

    • This isn’t a trial. It’s a confirmation hearing. Innocent until proven guilty is a measure we use in criminal trials. However, in a confirmation hearing, Senators are trying to determine if a specific nominee is fit for a position, in this case, a lifetime sinecure on the United States Supreme Court. It’s not a question of guilt or innocence but fitness for the position. it is the Senate’s responsibility to “advise and consent” or not. Judge Kavanaugh is asking the American people to give him one of the most powerful positions in the world. Given what the Supreme Court has done to this country in the past half century, it’s absolutely appropriate the we look at these guys under a microscope. Once he’s on the Court, the only way to get him back off again is an impeachment trial. I’ve noticed that a lot of people conflate this with a criminal trial but they are not the same thing at all.

        • I don’t want to be rude, but that comment is something of a disconnect. The question at hand is whether or not the Senate will confirm the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. It is not a criminal proceeding. It is a vote on confirmation. There is no obligation for the senators to hold hearings at all. They have chosen to do so, but it is not a Constitutional necessity. As to the questions of guilt or innocence in any matter, the only reason why that would be pertinent is if it enters into the Senate’s decision-making, and the senators themselves would decide for themselves what degree of proof they require to be convinced of any position. The wrinkle in this is that the senators in question must stand for re-election and the voters have the same freedom they do; to cast their votes for any reason they want. That is what makes this decision somewhat dicey for at least a few of the senators. They are up for re-election.

          At no time do the rules of evidence that are used in a criminal trial apply to the question of whether or to someone will be confirmed. it is apples and oranges.

          • I get that it’s not a legal proceeding. It’s not a criminal trial. It’s not even a civil case.

            Why the presumption of innocence matters is that there is no evidence to be brought forward on these accusations. There is hearsay and innuendo and (frankly) a lot of substance-altered memory. If we assume innocent until proven guilty, then we would have to disregard any charge that cannot be proven when making the decision to put a person on the supreme court or not. If we come from a place of guilty until proven innocent then any accusation, no matter how scanty or nonexistent the evidence, is an instant reason to disqualify a person from sitting as a judge.

            The question of innocent until proven guilty or guilty until proven innocent does indeed have an important role in the decision making process of our senators

  2. “Ditto for other women Judge Kavanaugh has assaulted.” I’m curious…did you mean to say “Ditto for other women Judge Kavanaugh has ALLEDGEDLY assaulted”? Shouldn’t a “public” Catholic be somewhat concerned with the notion of the presumption of innocence?

  3. If Kavanaugh had any self respect, he would withdraw. This is becoming a circus— I tend to believe the 3 women (so far) who have come forward, simply because why would any woman put themselves through what these women are being put through if they were lying? The first accuser has had her life threatened, and has had to take her children away for safety. It seems, at least at last viewing, that Kavanaugh was a heavy drinker and certainly not the “choir boy” he has portrayed himself to be in his Fox interview. Yes, it was high school (first accusation) but that is NO EXCUSE. College seems to have been a time to drink also, a lot. Honestly, I think the FBI (but DT doesn’t trust the FBI) should investigate the accusations, then this procedure to no on confirmation or yes, should go forth. The GOP wants it done before mid-terms—because they are afraid of a blue wave. However, this man’s character is at stake, and a lifetime job is at stake—taking time to do this right is necessary. 35 years later, Bill Cosby finally was caught up with. No time limit on misconduct like this. McConnell and Grassley(spelling?) are itching to get this done. We can hope some sane heads will prevail.

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