Yale law students protest Kavanaugh nomination

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Kavanaugh is due to testify Thursday at a hearing with Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexual assault while both were in high school in the early 1980s.

Senate Republicans have rebuffed calls by Democrats for an independent investigation of Ford's claims.

The law school had issued a press release about Kavanaugh's nomination in July, with Gerken and other faculty members praising his work.

"(The Senate) should have the Federal Bureau of Investigation try to get information that corroborates one story or the other by interviewing people, by looking at records, by doing those things that the FBI's good at", Osler said.

"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", Sinclair told the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, at least 20 professors and faculty members at Yale Law School rescheduled or canceled 31 classes on Monday, September 24, so their law students can protest Kavanaugh's nomination in Washington, D.C. or at the university's law school.

"The focus can't just be on the accusers and trying to bring their veracity into question", he said.

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"We're here to demand that the law does not marginalize groups that are already marginalized in broader society", she said as she and other students waited for a chance to speak with Sen. They stressed the importance of Kavanaugh's appointment since he would be a deciding vote on women's rights in the future.

"Has he always behaved himself honorably and the allegations against him [are] manufactured or mistaken? How can one oppose that in good faith?" he wrote. "I did not. That doesn't mean they're not true", Osler said.

"None of the allegations have changed my view of him as a classmate and colleague of his", said Paul "Whit" Cobb Jr., a lawyer in Virginia and registered Republican.

Rice also said that mere accusations are not enough. Noting that the allegations "are rightly causing deep concern" at the school and across the country, she said, "As dean, I can not take a position on the nomination, but I am so proud of the work our community is doing to engage with these issues, and I stand with them in supporting the importance of fair process, the rule of law, and the integrity of the legal system".

Judge, though, denies both incidents and is set to testify about the allegation by Ms. Blasey Ford on Thursday before the Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Susan Collins, a key swing vote in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, said again Tuesday she doesn't think President Trump's Supreme Court nominee would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion because he said he respects precedent. The woman told The New Yorker that she was inebriated at the time of the alleged sexual misconduct but said she was confident in her recollection and hoped the FBI would investigate the claims.

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