Dennis Beaver’s column (“Presumption of innocence endangered,” Times-Standard, Nov. 20, Page A4) is a shameful laundering of facts that makes Kavanaugh into an innocent victim. He tells us we surely all did shameful things when we were in high school so Kavanaugh’s drunken attempted rape is just a juvenile boo-boo. A boo-boo for which less privileged boys have gone to prison. Dr. Ford is still being punished with death threats for daring to tell her story and has been unable to live in her home or return to work because of apologists like Beaver even though other women have come forth and testified against Kavanaugh. Beaver reduces the #Me Too movement to a bunch of hysterical, exaggerating women.
Kavanaugh’s history as a judge shows him to have a strong extreme right-wing bias that rules in favor of corporate power and absolute power for the president. Thousands of law professors issued a statement declaring him to be unfit to be a Supreme Court justice. Kavanaugh is not a “respected member” of his professional community by a long shot. His strong biases combined with his histrionics at his hearing show clearly that he is incapable of being the unbiased member of the judiciary his new position requires.
Beaver says women are belatedly saying “I think I was molested.” Wrong. They are saying, finally, “I KNOW I was molested.” And I am saying that Beaver is an incredibly biased columnist with a bias that robs his words of all credibility.
Sylvia De Rooy, Indianola