Kavanaugh and Cosby Cases Are Unalike [OPINION]
The only similarities between the Bill Cosby and Brett Kavanaugh cases is that a woman made allegations of sexual assaulted. Period. That's it.
To suggest that Bill Cosby is guilty, so therefore Kavanaugh must be as well, is ludicrous. Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and raping a woman following a police investigation which resulted in a trial and a conviction agreed to by a jury of his peers. Evidence was presented at the trial, and ultimately the jury found him guilty. After reviewing all of the facts in the case a judge sentenced Cosby to prison time. Plain and simple.
In the case of Brett Kavanaugh, there was no police investigation because no report was ever filed. There is no evidence because there were no witnesses and the alleged victim's memory of key facts of her allegations have been contradicted. She is also unable to remember important details that could support her case. There will not be a trial because no charges can or will be filed at this point.
It is true that every woman has a right to be heard. But without evidence to support the alleged victim's claim, Brett Kavanaugh's rights must be considered as well. Yes, even in 2018, men have rights. Those rights include the presumption of innocence and the right of Kavanaugh to face his accuser. Christine Ford's supporters say she has a right to be believed, but so does Judge Kavanaugh. Until someone can prove otherwise, Kavanaugh is not guilty of any crime.
Simply wanting someone to be guilty because you disagree with what you perceive their politics to be is not enough.
The Senate should vote quickly to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.