Monday, October 01, 2018

One Very Loyal Prosecutor

Deputy County Attorney Rachel Mitchell is not stupid. Naive, weak, and ineffective, maybe; but stupid- absolutely not.

CNN reports that in a five-page memorandum, addressed to "All Republican Senators," dated September 30

Rachel Mitchell says a "reasonable prosecutor" would not bring a case against Brett Kavanaugh based on Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegation given the evidence presented to the Judiciary Committee

"In the legal context, here is my bottom line: A 'he said, she said' case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that," she wrote. "Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them. For the reasons discussed below, I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard."

Mitchell's opinion was based on the evidence before the Committee.  She was permitted to question the accused for a total of fifteen (15) minutes (worse, in five-minute increments), which would be considered less than even a cursory interview of a suspect charged with attempted rape. Additionally, a letter addressed to all Republican senators is a tell; she was hired by and for the GOP senators on the committee and expected to conclude what they themselves already had concluded.

The Deputy County Attorney from Maricopa County, Arizona has a superior, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery who early Saturday morning offered his view of Thursday's hearing:

These guys don't even pretend to be objective, do they? (They don't have to be.) The only mystery in these events is why Ms. Mitchell waited a couple of days to attempt to legitimize her boss'  childish tweet.

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