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OPINION: Kavanaugh And The Return Of The Salem Witch Trials

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Michael Thielen Executive Director, Republican National Lawyers Association

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will forever be a sexual assaulter or even a drug-using, gang rape organizer in the minds of a good portion of America. It is only a matter of time before a Showtime movie comes out detailing the wild partying excesses of a high school virgin. But there is one key fact everyone is missing: there is not one bit of corroborating evidence.

The reality is, Judge Kavanaugh is being convicted for being associated with the modern devil, Donald Trump, and being nominated for the swing seat on the Supreme Court.

Psychology Professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave compelling testimony on its face. Yet, her testimony was full of holes.

As a career prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell, who briefly questioned Dr. Ford said, a “he-said, she-said” case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case “is even weaker than that.” Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those “witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them.”

Dr. Ford is by far the “best” accuser. She has been treated with great deference and respect by Republican Senators. But she gave conflicting testimony on virtually all details of the assault except for the presence of Judge Kavanaugh.

She lied or mislead the committee about key other facts pertaining to her testimony such as her fear of flying. Virtually every line of her Senate testimony is disputed by accounts she gave elsewhere. Even her only offered evidence — redacted therapist notes — conflict with her story. This latter point is more important than people realize because she still refuses to turn over those complete notes.

If the redacted part does not back her story, what do the rest of her notes say?

The other four (and counting) accusers of Judge Kavanaugh do not pass even The New York Times’ smell test. This is the same New York Times that had no problem printing a story of an alleged affair on their favorite Republican of all time, John McCain, that had little or no proof.

Today we are told, “You have to believe the women.” OK. But I am a lawyer. Lawyers have been taught eye-witness testimony is unreliable. It is a fundamental principle of our legal system that all are innocent unless proven guilty.

The lawyers I know went into the law, in part, because we loved lawyers such as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Now we are told that Finch is the bad guy, and Tom Robinson is guilty.

As a single Dad of teenagers, I say what about Brett Kavanaugh and his daughters? The Left is now attacking him for liking beer and being angry.

Like Judge Kavanaugh, I also coached kids. I love it. I cannot say what I would do if I could never coach kids again because I was falsely accused as a sex offender. Or how it would be for my kids if they were told by their peers based on things such as NBC’s breathless reporting that “your Dad organized rape trains and drugged girls our age.”  I think a little anger is justified.

Not only is there no corroborating evidence that he is a sex offender, but there is also a lot of evidence he is a terrific coach.  Yet, he will never be able to coach again and his kids might want to change their name to distance themselves from this. I am not sure anyone I know, in the broad political spectrum of coaching, could keep calm in such circumstances.

I, too, like beer. I spend too much money on overpriced craft beers. That does not make me a bad person. As Sen. Orrin Hatch explained, Judge Kavanaugh admitted that there were times he had a few too many in college. Shocking! Yet, unlike a Democrat-darling Texas Senate candidate, he never drove drunk nor is there any evidence he did anything wrong when he had a few too many.

Democrats are now saying that his anger and drinking as a teenager and young man make him unfit.

As Sen. Hatch says, “Having failed to bring down Judge Kavanaugh with unsubstantiated allegations of sexual abuse, his opponents are now trying to call into question his character in defending himself from those allegations.”

Even the Left-leaning American Bar Association is standing by its unanimous highest level recommendation on his judicial character and temperament. He is a great judge.

But this is not a courtroom. This is more like a Salem Witch trial. Kavanaugh is in league with a devil-named Donald Trump; nothing else matters to the Left. In their eyes, he must be destroyed.

Michael Thielen is executive director of the Republican National Lawyers Association.


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