How Appealing

Thursday, September 20, 2018

“Why We Need an F.B.I. Investigation: A hearing without evidence would be little more than theater.” Nancy Gertner has this essay online at The New York Times.

Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman

“Kavanaugh accuser won’t testify Monday but open to doing so later next week”: Seung Min Kim, Josh Dawsey, and Emma Brown of The Washington Post have this report.

According to the article, “Amid the maneuvering, the nomination was roiled further late Thursday by incendiary tweets from a prominent Kavanaugh friend and supporter who publicly identified another high school classmate of Kavanugh’s as Ford’s possible attacker.”

Update: The current version of the article also states, “Republicans on Capitol Hill and White House officials immediately sought to distance themselves from Whelan’s claims and said they were not aware of his plans to identify the former classmate, now a middle school teacher, who could not be reached for comment and did not answer the door at his house Thursday night.”

Someone having the same name as the high school classmate whom Whelan identified appears among the signers of this letter in support of the nominee, and that letter identifies the signer as a middle school teacher in suburban Atlanta.

Posted at 9:29 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ed Whelan just showed what Brett Kavanaugh’s defense will look like — and metaphorically set himself on fire”: Philip Wegmann has this essay online at the Washington Examiner.

Posted at 9:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“Harvard Law Students Say School Should Reconsider Brett Kavanaugh’s Teaching Job”: Amanda Terkel of HuffPost has this report.

Posted at 8:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Kavanaugh booster faces backlash after pushing mistaken-identity theory on Twitter”: W. James Antle III and Daniel Chaitin of the Washington Examiner have this report.

Posted at 8:07 PM by Howard Bashman

“Yale Law dean: Reports that professor groomed female clerks for Kavanaugh ‘of enormous concern’; Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken wrote that she wanted to ‘address the press reports today regarding allegations of faculty misconduct.'” Adam Edelman and Kasie Hunt of NBC News have this report.

Posted at 7:56 PM by Howard Bashman

“After the Kavanaugh Allegations, Republicans Offer a Shocking Defense: Sexual Assault Isn’t a Big Deal.” Jia Tolentino has this post online at The New Yorker.

Posted at 7:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Opposition to Kavanaugh Nomination Grows Among Voters, New Poll Shows; Weak support among women could have political ramifications in midterm elections”: Janet Hook of The Wall Street Journal has this report.

Posted at 7:32 PM by Howard Bashman

“How Strong Does the Evidence Against Kavanaugh Need to Be? Even if it wouldn’t support a criminal conviction or civil liability, a merely credible allegation is enough to disqualify him.” Law professor Kate Shaw has this essay online at The New York Times.

Posted at 5:47 PM by Howard Bashman

“Kavanaugh Accuser Open to Negotiations to Testify Before Senate Panel; Lawyers for Supreme Court nominee’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford propose call later Thursday to discuss hearing; Kavanaugh’s wife gets violent threats”: Kristina Peterson, Peter Nicholas, and Natalie Andrews of The Wall Street Journal have this report.

Zoe Tillman and Paul McLeod of BuzzFeed News report that “The Woman Who Accused Brett Kavanaugh Of Assault Still Wants To Testify, Her Lawyers Say.”

And Kaitlan Collins of CNN reports that “Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford receiving death threats.”

Posted at 5:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Grassley in firing line on Kavanaugh assault allegation; The curmudgeonly Iowa Republican’s legacy is at stake as he navigates both sides of the Supreme Court nomination chaos”: Burgess Everett and Elana Schor of Politico have this report.

Posted at 1:52 PM by Howard Bashman

“Trump claim that FBI can’t probe Kavanaugh allegations is wrong, ex-officials say; Former government officials from both parties questioned the GOP’s argument against FBI involvement in the high-profile controversy, which Kavanaugh’s accuser has requested”: Josh Gerstein of Politico has this report.

Posted at 1:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“The 2017-18 term marked the end of an era for the Iowa Supreme Court”: Rox Laird has this post at “On Brief: Iowa’s Appellate Blog.”

Posted at 1:22 PM by Howard Bashman