September 28, 2018
ERASURE OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
This morning, before the final vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Flake, Senator from Arizona, defended his decision to vote in support of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court: “Our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. That is what binds us to the rule of law.” The US system of justice, of course, also affords a presumption of justness to the accuser, in allowing the plaintiff to bring forth evidence in support of the accusation. Senator Flake’s statement cleverly deletes the fact that he had previously voted for the Committee’s decisions not to request an FBI investigation and not to subpoena a third witness to the alleged crime—corroborating evidence that might have questioned the innocence of the accused.