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October 15, 2018

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Judge’s denial is his undoing

The accusations of sexual assault against then-teenage Brett Kavanaugh are more important for his denial than the act. I am not diminishing such improper conduct. However, if he said, “I made a stupid teenage mistake and I am sorry,” it would not be a reason to deny him from being a Supreme Court justice.

If his absolute denial of the event is found to be a lie, then he should not be confirmed. This is the case with so many political accusations lately: If we believe the person lied in denying the event, then our trust is broken.

It is applicable to quote a standard jury instruction: A witness false in one part of his or her testimony is to be distrusted in others.

Trust is the bridge that joins us.