Yale Embroiled In Kavanaugh Allegations

26 September, 2018, 21:47 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Veronica Guerrero a student at Yale Law School and an organizer for the group Yale Law Students Deserve Better gets ready to watch Christine Blasey Ford's testimony with fellow students Thursday on the Yale campus

The US president spoke a day after a second allegation emerged against Mr Kavanaugh, a development that further imperilled his nomination to the Supreme Court.

Ramirez accused Kavanaugh in an article published in the New Yorker magazine on Sunday of exposing himself to her during a drunken dormitory party at Yale.

"The confirmation process should be conducted in a way that fosters trust in the process and the Supreme Court, and that seriously considers allegations of sexual violence", stated Sinclair, a political independent who practices law in Beverly, Mass., and Rutzen, a lawyer in Washington and registered Democrat.

But on Thursday, The Guardian reported, based on multiple sources, that Chua herself had informed Yale Law students that it was "not an accident" Kavanaugh tended to select female law clerks who "looked like models" and she offered them beauty tips to land clerkships with him.

He charged the allegations that he assaulted women more than three decades ago were part of an unfounded "last minute character assassination" aimed at forcing him to withdraw.

In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh said the event at Yale "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple". But an anonymous classmate who did not attend the party told the New Yorker he's sure he was told about the incident at the time.

Catherine McCarthy, a third-year law student, said it was moving to see the main hallway of the school filled with people wearing black and sitting silently Monday morning; she had never seen it so quiet.

Yale students gather to watch the testimony together on campus
Yale students gather to watch the testimony together on campus. Credit Cassandra Basler WSHU

In Washington DC, a bus carried protesters to the Supreme Court and Senate buildings to demonstrate.

Putting aside the fact that neither of the assaults Kavanaugh is alleged to have committed at Georgetown Prep and Yale would have required the loss of virginity, at least one of his classmates takes issue with that claim.

The controversy over Chua's alleged remarks comes amid allegations Kavanaugh held down a woman and groped her when they were both in high school. But Yale Law School spokeswoman Janet Conroy told the Yale Daily News the press release was not an endorsement of the nomination.

This report comes from the New England News Collaborative, eight public media companies including Rhode Island Public Radio joining together to tell stories of a changing region. Ramirez acknowledged gaps in her memory because she had been drinking at the party.

"We reached out to the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule a call to discuss how best to bring them that information and they have refused to meet all scheduled appointments", Clune wrote in the tweet.

Inside Higher Ed reports that the law school is investigating whether Chua and Rubenfeld, who are married to each other, engaged in misconduct.

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