U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was supposed to have a confirmation vote this week but then a Democratic Party Senator, Dianne Feinstein disclosed a disturbing piece of information that seems to have turned the justice system on its head. Kavanaugh’s confirmation was put on hold because of a decades-old allegation of sexual misconduct against a woman — Professor of Sociology Christine Blasey Ford of Palo Alto University — by the judge when both were high school students.
The confirmation process suddenly appeared to be replaced by the news media’s hysteria over a story that could very well end the career of a brilliant jurist as Senate Democrats, attorneys for the accuser, and the no-longer unbiased news media call for a full FBI investigation of an extremely vague accusation against one of the nation’s “Privileged white males.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee is now preparing to hold a special hearing at which Prof. Ford can make her attempted rape claims and Judge Kavanaugh can respond to her allegations. However, if the hearings with Ford and Kavanaugh are conducted publically rather than in a closed-session, it will no doubt turn into a media circus with the Democratic Party’s presidential hopefuls — Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, etc. — taking turns as ringmasters.
Despite the sad and disturbing reality that rape and other sex crimes occur each and everyday, the Kavanaugh-Ford case has created a media feeding frenzy not seen since the racially-charged Duke University lacrosse team rape case. On the evening of March 13, 2006, a party at a university fraternity house in Durham, North Carolina plunged the nation’s news media into a frenzy of assumptions, social crusading, and proclamations of miscarried justice.
When the Duke men’s lacrosse team hired two exotic dancers during a night of drinking, one of the dancers accused three team members of a brutal gang rape in the bathroom of a run-down old frat house just off of Duke’s eastern campus.
The story itself became a social-justice issue for the news media to champion. The news anchors, reporters and editors seemed more than happy to provide their own narratives despite a lack of solid evidence.
A little more than a year after the alleged assault, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper took the unusual step of declaring the three accused men “innocent,” after a “tragic rush to accuse and a failure to verify serious allegations,” he stated during a televised briefing. And the case’s lead prosecutor Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong was disbarred and convicted of contempt of court for his suspicious actions such as briefing members of the Black Panthers about the case, standing next to Rev. Al Sharpton as he all but convicted the student-athletes without a trial, and refusing to discuss exculpatory evidence that benefited the white suspects who alleged gang-raped a black woman.
Even before a trial was conducted, the students were suspended from classes, discharged from all athletic teams, and held up to the public as racists who needed to be severely punished. “I couldn’t believe how these young men were treated by everyone involved. Okay, I know many people are unfamiliar with the intricacies of the U.S. system of jurisprudence, but the politicians, newspeople, and so-called experts on sex crimes should have clearly explained the “innocent until proven guilty” concept described in the U.S. Constitution.
In Kavanugh’s case, The fact that the victim waited more than three-decades before notifying an authority figure, does have a bearing on that case. It opens a wide range of questions that should be answered truthfully and without hesitation by the victim. The burden of proof being on the prosecutor has always been at the heart of our criminal trials.
Sex Crimes Investigations by Police
Rape, next to cold-blooded murder, is the most heinous of crimes. It is a vicious, brutal attack on women that leaves irreparable psychological scars long after the devastating experience. And, unfortunately, it is one of the most common crimes committed today, possibly numbering more than the offense of robbery.
The investigation of sex crimes case is extremely difficult and demanding, requiring not only technical expertise and experience, but also sensitivity towards the victim. The detective or prosecutor assigned to investigate should always remain cognizant of the fact that the entire criminal justice process, beginning with the initial police interview right through adjudication, poses an additional ordeal for the sex crime victim and her family and loved ones.
The trauma of sexual attack leaves the victim at once hurt — physically and emotionally — angry, anxious, fearful, vengeful, confused, hate-filled and distrustful. In many cases, the victim blames herself for the act, thinking she contributed to the crime. If she was returning home late from a party, she may tell herself she deserved what she got because of her carelessness late at night or early in the morning. The investigating officer(s) must reassure her that she did nothing wrong. The rapist or sex offender is the one who committed the crime.and the one deserving punishment to the fullest extent of the law.
In some cases, the investigators will find the victim to be uncooperative, even hostile the preliminary stages of the interview/preliminary report. Sensitivity and understanding of the psychology of rape and sexual assault are prerequisites to a successful sex crimes investigation.
Most big-city police departments have specialized units for sex crimes as do most prosecution offices. In New York City, for example, there are several sex crimes squads or units operating within all of NYC’s five boroughs. In addition to the NYPD’s specialized squads, the District Attorney’s Office in each borough have assistant district attorneys assigned to a special sex crimes unit.
However, the vast majority of this nation’s law-enforcement agencies do not possess that luxury. They must rely on all officers, sergeants, lieutenants, captains and, yes, even the police chief to possess a working knowledge of sex crimes investigation. Even a two or three man police agency should at least have a fundamental understanding of procedures to be followed in rape cases. It’s more than likely that county or state police will be called and they will provide the experienced investigators.
The clothing worn by the victim at the time of the sex crime may offer a wealth of evidence and should be secured as soon as possible without embarrassing the victim. This clothing must be sent to the crime lab immediately in order to prevent tainting of any physical evidence through a number of mishaps (you’d be surprised at how much evidence is lost or loses its value because of laxity on the part of the officers transporting the evidence to the lab).
At the lab the technicians will examine the clothing for blood, seminal stains, as well as hair and fibers that may lead to the identification of the rapist or confirm the victim’s allegation against someone she knew prior to the crime.
The DNA identification process works best with seminal evidence, because of the abundance of nucleic acid (any of several complex acids found in all living cells i.e. DNA, RNA) found in male reproductive fluid.
Rape and sexual assault are ugly, demeaning crimes that have little regard for any social boundaries. The woman living in an exclusive Beverly Hills home and the woman living in a “crack” infested hovel share one dark and frightening reality — they are both potential rape victims.
Meanwhile, a video report aired on CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s show aired Thursday night and created a stir by outraged Deep State voters. The video shows a group of women Republican voters supporting Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh while criticizing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who has accused Kavanaugh of an uncorroborated sexual assault at a drunken high school pool party decades ago. The interview with five young to middle aged Florida GOP women was conducted by CNN reporter Randi Kaye. That’s right… CNN.