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Dershowitz: Kavanaugh Must Be Given Right to Confront Accuser

(Fox News/"America's Newsroom")

By    |   Thursday, 20 September 2018 12:09 PM

People should not refer to Christine Blasey Ford as a victim concerning her allegations of sexual assault concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and him as a perpetrator without hearing from both of them under oath, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said Thursday.

"There is nothing more essential to American justice than the opportunity to cross-examine your accuser, to confront your accuser," Dershowitz told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

"Essentially, it goes back to the Magna Carta. The idea that we are calling somebody a perpetrator and someone else a victim, based on what 'he said, she said' is wrong. It is un-American."

Ford has been given until 10 a.m. Friday to say if she will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to offer testimony. So far, her attorneys have said she will stay away pending an FBI investigation into her claims that Kavanaugh attacked her during a high school party in the 1980s.

In addition, Dershowitz said that a third person who Ford says was in the room at the time of the alleged attack should be subpoenaed, if he won't speak willingly.

"He is the other person who is allegedly in the room, jumped on her," said Dershowitz. "They can subpoena him. He can be forced to testify."

He said the attack could have happened, but it's possible that it may not have happened in the way Ford describes it.

"The American public is going to have to decide two things," said Dershowitz. "Neither men or women were born with the gene to lie or tell the truth. Women forget, men forget. These are very emotional issues."

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