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Another “unsustainable precedent”

In his column regarding the Kavanaugh charges (“Kavanaugh charge must be faced,” Sept. 18, 2018), columnist Michael Gerson brings up the credibility issue to be faced by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. He states that “if there is only a single unsupported accusation, the Senate would be setting an unsustainable precedent by letting this determine the membership of the Supreme Court.” Let me remind everyone of 1991 and the Clarence Thomas nomination and the sexual harassment accusations of Anita Hill. Thomas was confirmed in spite of the resounding testimony of Ms. Hill.

If Kavanaugh is confirmed in spite of Ms. Ford’s serious allegation of sexual assault, another travesty against women will have been committed and again a man’s credibility will have won over a woman’s. It will be the second time the Senate would be “setting an unsustainable precedent.”

Beth F. Allen

Sandpoint, Idaho


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