Today, Christine Ford informed the Senate Judiciary Committee that she would, at last, agree to testify on the incident she alleges took place between herself and Brett Kavanaugh in 1983.
She did, however, ask for more time to “negotiate” the conditions of her testimony.
There’s only one problem–she has no right to do so.
Ford originally agreed to testify before walking it back and saying she would like the FBI to first investigate Kavanaugh, something that would be out of the FBI’s jurisdiction as the crime would have been a state crime to be investigated by local police.
Now, she says she would only like the senators to question her during her testimony, instead of Kavanaugh’s lawyer, and to testify after Kavanaugh.
The Democrats, who dropped her story as an eleventh-hour hail mary attempt to stop the confirmation they’ve been vehemently opposing since before they even knew who Kavanaugh was, are unsurprisingly adamantly supporting Ford’s unusual requests.
There’s only one, huge problem.
Ford’s requests aren’t just unusual.
In this nation, we have a little thing called the Bill of Rights, and in it, everyone is guaranteed a right to face their accusers in court. You absolutely cannot be compelled to testify to your own innocence before you are given the opportunity to hear the accusation made against you.
The Sixth Amendment reads:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
No matter where you go in the country or what court you are in, what makes our nation’s unique liberties so secure is that every single individual has the right to a fair trial and to answer the accusations made to them.
Kavanaugh has emphatically agreed to testify and has categorically denied every detail of Ford’s story. If Ford is telling the truth, and she would like her story to be taken into account as Kavanaugh is scrutinized by Congress before being appointed to the Supreme Court or not, our Founding Fathers have ensured both she and Kavanaugh have the means for justice to be served, freely and fairly.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is not her personal kangaroo court where Kavanagh may be condemned based on her word alone. Unfortunately, she has no evidence, no witnesses, and few details to provide to corroborate the claims she is making.
It will be a sad and terrible day in American when anyone can accuse someone else of a crime with no evidence and expect to be believed with no constitutional, due process.
Sexual assault is always wrong, but the best way to combat it is to properly scrutinize the charges before a court so that the integrity of our judicial system is maintained.
Hopefully, this is what we will see this week.