Sex crimes prosecutor wouldn't charge Kavanaugh

Respected Arizona Prosecutor Chosen To Question Kavanaugh, Ford

Respected Arizona Prosecutor Chosen To Question Kavanaugh, Ford

Mitchell, who worked as a sex-crimes prosecutor for almost 25 years in Arizona, pointed out that Ford appeared to jump around on the timing of the alleged sexual assault, ranging from the "mid 1980s" to "early 1980s", and then the "summer of 1982". "Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard".

Menaker says she has never watched Mitchell prosecute a case, but the organization has "nothing negative to say" about her as a person or professional.

With Christine Blasey Ford's testimony over, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee sidelined the woman they brought in to question Ford about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 6, 2018, on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C.

The prosecutor joined a private meeting with all Senate Republicans on Thursday after the hearing, where she told the senators that after the eight hours of testimony she heard, she would not have prosecuted Kavanaugh for assault, according to two officials familiar with her remarks.

Mitchell seemed to elicit criticism from all quarters with her questioning, with some saying she was too harsh and was on the Republicans' side while others suggested she was too soft on Ford. "Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them", she concluded. Mitchell will speak for five minutes for each Republican senator, but will alternate with Democrats. Mitchell asked some questions of Kavanaugh, but didn't complete her questioning.

Republicans have been searching for days to find a woman to handle Thursday's much-anticipated hearing, which could impact the confirmation prospects of a nominee who could shape the high court's ideology for decades. Republicans will refuse, following up an opening statement by Dr. Ford.

Christine Blasey Ford says she’s "100%" certain Kavanaugh was her attacker
The federal judge, for his part, has denied the claims and said he has no recollection of any such party or incident. It feels like a grave understatement to say her testimony is triggering painful flashbacks for survivors nationwide.

In a trial, the answers to those questions can help lawyers paint a picture of a witness as unreliable. The questioning moved on to Sen.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Mitchell's boss, has praised Mitchell as an "objective" prosecutor with a "caring heart" for victims. Mitchell also asked Ford why she only contacted Democratic lawmakers about her allegation.

In one example, Mitchell pointed out that Ford did not mention Kavanaugh's name as her attacker between 1982, when the event allegedly took place, and 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband.

It doesn't take long to realize Mitchell's memo has glaring issues.

"My expectation of Rachel and again, I'm speculating because I have not talked to her about this, is she wants to find out the truth", she said.

The questions about the polygraph also illustrated that Mitchell had little time and no prior access to Ford, which might have allowed her to avoid asking questions where the answers hardly undermined Ford as a witness.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa made the announcement late Tuesday after a report in the Washington Post identified Mitchell as a top contender for the role.

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