OUR FREE OPINION
I fail to understand why the Republican leadership is cow-tailing to the demands being made by Christine Ford’s ultra-liberal and anti-Trump lawyers. The ancient, and highly suspect, allegations advanced by a teenage complainant are hardly worth visiting now. There is little if any probative value contained in the remarks of a girl reminiscing about a 35-year-old high school romp of which she has a minimal recollection. The Democrats are using an old prosecution trick when they claim that Ford’s memory and claims are bolstered by the contention that she reported details to her therapist. In criminal cases, a prior consistent statement is sometimes admitted into evidence (*notwithstanding hearsay problems). However, such evidence is always fresh (e.g., a rape victim provides details shortly after the incident). In this case, Ford has apparently told her therapist things pertaining to an event that allegedly occurred over 35-years ago.
It is fundamentally unfair to attach significance to her claims—especially where the nomination of a highly qualified nominee to the Supreme Court hangs in the balance. The timid Republican lawmakers should move forward with a vote as soon as possible—and if they don’t, they should be punished at the voting booths.