Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz Friday called the push to make Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testify before he's accused of anything under oath the "most absurd, anti-due process, anti-American concept" and compared it to a Stalin-era philosophy.
"Obviously she has to testify, be cross-examined by good lawyers ask probing questions," Dershowitz told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" about Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford. "He has to get up and respond and be cross-examined with probing questions."
Ford's attorney on Thursday said her client is willing to speak with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee if certain conditions are met, including having Kavanaugh speak first.
However, without a single standard of justice, you are "in the world of Stalin," said Dershowitz, quoting the dictator's infamous sidekick Beria, who famously said "'show me the man and I'll find you the crime.'"
Ford claims Kavanaugh pinned her down and groped her in a bedroom during a party when they were both teenagers in Maryland, accusations he has firmly denied. There is no statute of limitations in Maryland, so theoretically, she could file criminal charges against Kavanaugh, if he is confirmed, Dershowitz agreed. But that has never happened in the history of the United States, said the attorney, adding there is "no evidence whatsoever of attempted rape."
"Attempted rape under Maryland law requires a specific intent, to use this word, penetrate," said Dershowitz. "Here the allegation is groping, touching, fondling, maybe trying to remove clothing."
As an attorney, Dershowitz said he has an open mind and he doesn't believe either party without hearing both sides of their story.
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