Government, Politics

SU Professor Reacts to Kavanaugh Allegations

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (c) 2018 AP

Click the play button above to find out how SU assistant law professor, Katherine Bisson, feels about the new allegations against Kavanaugh.

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By Morgan Glicksman SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — A second sexual misconduct allegation has been made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. This time by a former Yale classmate.

Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to come forward, alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dormitory party when they were both first year law students. She acknowledges she was intoxicated at the time which caused gaps in her memory.

Katherine Bisson, Syracuse University assistant law professor, said “the claim does stand on shakier ground than the Christine Blasey Ford allegation however, it definitely still needs to be looked into.”

Two male classmates who Ramirez said were at the party that night claimed they had no recollection of anything like she described happening.

With a second accuser now in the mix, Bisson says it is more difficult for Kavanaugh to dismiss these claims.

“It is easy to discount one person it is a lot harder to discount more than one person that are coming forward with independent stories that seem to fit a pattern.” said Bisson.

Kavanuagh continues to deny all sexual misconduct allegations made against him. The white house is sticking by him.

“I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process.” said Kavanaugh.

He has called these claims a smear campaign. His initial accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is set to tell her story before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.