Ford ac­cu­sa­tions sus­pi­cious

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - KAREN L. BUNE

The sud­den sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tion by Chris­tine Blasey Ford against the U.S. Supreme Court nom­i­nee, the Honor­able Brett Ka­vanaugh, reeks of ques­tion­able motivation (“Ka­vanaugh, ac­cuser set for high-stakes Se­nate show­down,” Web, Sept. 17). Hav­ing worked as a pro­fes­sional in the crim­i­naljus­tice sys­tem for three decades (specif­i­cally, hav­ing worked with vic­tims of crime for many years), I have the ut­most re­spect and em­pa­thy for gen­uine vic­tims of crime, and I serve as their strong­est ad­vo­cate. How­ever, the sit­u­a­tion that now presents it­self and the im­pli­ca­tions sur­round­ing it are pro­foundly trou­bling.

His­tor­i­cally in the crim­i­nal-jus­tice arena, Judge Ka­vanaugh has been a highly re­spected pro­fes­sional and a man of char­ac­ter and in­tegrity. He has an im­pec­ca­ble record. His adamant and im­me­di­ate de­nial of this ac­cu­sa­tion is un­der­stand­able. What you see is what you get with Judge Ka­vanaugh.

Though Mrs. Ford de­serves to be heard, it is dis­con­cert­ing that she comes for­ward with her ac­cu­sa­tions af­ter 36 years — par­tic­u­larly at the time of this pin­na­cle event in Judge Ka­vanaugh’s ca­reer and af­ter he has un­der­gone six FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tions that turned up noth­ing of this sort. Though she could have pos­si­bly re­pressed the al­leged in­ci­dent, Mrs. Ford’s ac­tions, cou­pled with her timing, are cer­tainly cause for pause on many lev­els.

If she is a bona fide vic­tim, and even if she had trauma from such an al­leged in­ci­dent, it is highly likely that the is­sues sur­round­ing it would have evolved in a dif­fer­ent fash­ion and at a dif­fer­ent time. The man­ner in which this en­tire mat­ter has sur­faced, along with her hazy mem­ory on some as­pects of the al­leged in­ci­dent, ini­ti­ate many ques­tions and cre­ate sub­stan­tial doubt.

The knee-jerk re­ac­tion of some politi­cians who have al­ready jumped on Mrs. Ford’s band­wagon with con­fi­dence that her story is true is not only a to­tal dis­ser­vice to Judge Ka­vanaugh specif­i­cally but to public ser­vice broadly. The pos­si­bil­ity for po­lit­i­cal ma­neu­ver­ing en­com­pass­ing self-serv­ing po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests in present times paints the pic­ture of a po­ten­tial smear cam­paign.

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