|The Feinstein Stare|
It is ironic that a code of civil law, in which an innocent man is innocent of a crime unless proven guilty, was established under the aegis of a tyrant: Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the Napoleonic Code, adopted in 1804.
The Napoleonic Code (French: Code Napoléon; officially Code civil des Français, referred to as (le) Code civil) is the French civil code established under Napoleon I in 1804.
It was drafted by a commission of four eminent jurists and entered into force on 21 March 1804. The Code, with its stress on clearly written and accessible law, was a major step in replacing the previous patchwork of feudal laws. Historian Robert Holtman regards it as one of the few documents that have influenced the whole world.
….Article 294 of the Napoleonic Code of Criminal Procedure allowed the defendant to have a lawyer before the Court of Assizes (judging felonies), and mandated the court to appoint a lawyer for the defendant if the defendant did not have one (failure to do so rendered the proceedings null).
The new American criminal code, to judge by the conduct of the Judiciary Committee for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, is that he is guilty until proven innocent, on the mere improvable assertion that he committed a crime several decades in the past.
Proving Kavanaugh’s innocence is not an option for the Democrats. He is guilty. Period. No questions asked.
The Western Journal reports:
Lawyers representing a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of decades-old sexual assault have released a polygraph report conducted as part of an effort to establish the credibility of her claim.
“On August 7, 2018, Christine Blasey reported to the Hilton Hotel, 1739 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090, for the purpose of undergoing a polygraph examination,” the report explained. “The examination was to address whether Blasey was physically assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh while attending a small party in Montgomery County, MD.”
The accusations have stalled the nomination of President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, who had been slated to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
It is beyond suspicion that Senator Diane Feinstein likely cast about for a way to foil Trump and get Kavanaugh’s nomination scotched. Determined to defeat Donald Trump, it is possible that she or her wonks searched for a cat’s paw to write a letter claiming that she was assaulted by Kavanaugh in 1982. That cat’s paw turned out to be Christine Blaley Ford.
Ford’s potholes: We learned today that Ford cannot remember:
Time/date/location of party – Who drove her to party – Who was at party – Who pushed her into room – Who drove her from party – Date/who paid for her polygraph – Grandmother’s funeral date? But “100% sure” it was Kavanaugh 36 yrs ago!
No corroborators. 2-3 friends deny it happened (or have no recollection of such an event) through sworn statements. Can’t remember where party was. Can’t remember who brought her to the party. Doesn’t know who paid for polygraph (her lawyers).
Doesn’t know if polygraph was recorded for video and/or audio. Went with polygraph, instead of industry standard ‘forensic interview’ Afraid to fly (even though she flies regularly here and there to exotic locales on business and leisure.
Ford claimed a fear of flying, but that didn’t stop her from flying. Her attorneys “omitted to inform her that Senator Grassley offered to send several Judicial Committee people to California to hear her testimony. When asked about that her attorneys would not let her answer the question. The Western Journal reports:
It seems that even though senators offered to travel to Blasey Ford’s home state of California to meet with her, the anti-Kavanaugh accuser was completely unaware of this possibility … and either Democrats or the woman’s own attorneys may have never told her this was an option.
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, had publicly extended an offer for an inquiry into the Palo Alto University professor’s claims to take place near her home location, which would eliminate the need for her to fly across the country — something that she said was difficult because of an apparently non-existent fear of flying.
But strangely, Ford seemed surprised when she was reminded of the offer, and her attorneys quickly pushed themselves in front of the microphone to stop her from talking about it.
In the beginning of the hearing with Ford, Kavanaugh fired back at the Dems with both pistols:
Judge Brett Kavanaugh delivered a fiery opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon, responding to accusations of sexual misconduct decades ago: “This confirmation process has become a national disgrace … You have replaced ‘advice and consent’ with ‘search and destroy.’”
Senator Lindsey Graham minced no words, either. Business Insider reported:
[To the Dems he said] “What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020. You’ve said that. Not me. You’ve got nothing to apologize for,” he said [to Kavanaugh].
“When you see Sotomayor and Kagan, tell them that Lindsey said hello because I voted for them. I would never do to them what you’ve done to this guy. This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics,” he added, referring to President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
Addressing Democrats and then Kavanaugh, Graham said, “You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford. None. She’s as much of a victim as you are. God, I hate to say it because these have been my friends. But let me tell you, when it comes to this, you’re looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend.”
The Patriot Chronicle noted:
Graham enlightened Kavanaugh and the public during his allotted time.
“Are you aware that at 9:23 on the night of July the 9th, the day you were nominated to the Supreme Court by President Trump, Senator Schumer said, 23 minutes after your nomination, ‘I’ll oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have. I hope a bipartisan majority will do that same,’” Graham asked.
HotAir has some salient comments:
From colleague Connor Marley. Feinstein on Ford. Says Ford “is a woman that has been, I think, profoundly impacted, on this..I can’t say that everything is truthful. I don’t know.”
On the one hand, what else can she say? As surely as the sun rises and sets, every Democrat in the Senate, Feinstein included, will claim to believe Ford over Kavanaugh by next Monday evening. But in the meantime they have to remain nominally undecided on the facts of what happened. They’re staying open-minded ‘n stuff until the hearing.
Feinstein, in so many words, says she believes Ford:
“Look I believe she is credible. What we have wanted is an investigation carried out to look at the facts before there was a hearing. The republican majority is apparently not going to do that. But based on what I know at this stage she is credible.”
The Dems also believe there was a connection between Donald Trump and the Russians, and spent about a year and a half looking for it, finding nothing. They seem to be hooked on looking for mirages, in Russia and in Maryland, and creating them if they don’t shimmer on the road to power. The Dems, like Napoleon, have an appetite for supremacy.