Kavanaugh protests escalate, over 120 arrested on Capitol Hill

Protesters speak out against Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the office of Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine on Capitol Hill in Washington. A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh a development that has further imperil

In a September 21 open letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Yale Law School faculty stated in part that "the confirmation process must always be conducted, and appointments made, in a manner that gives Americans reason to trust the Supreme Court". The increased protest activity is owed to another sexual assault allegation by Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh had assaulted her while they were freshmen at Yale. In a statement, the agency said it removed 46 protesters from the Dirksen Senate Office Building - where the ME senator's office is - and charged them with obstructing.

Dana Bolger, a Yale Law School student and senior editor at Feministing, posted a series of tweets regarding the cancelations. The unnamed sources the paper spoke with described receiving advice from Chua and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, also of Yale, about the "look" Kavanaugh favored.

Judge Kavanaugh dug up calendars from the summer of 1982 to corroborate his denials of Dr. Ford's allegations. In one case, a former student told the Guardian, a prospective clerk was introduced to Kavanaugh at a party that Chua hosted at her home - and was later told that the judge wanted her to apply for the post.

Kavanaugh and Ford are both scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, although the ranking Democrat on the panel, U.S. Sen.

Kavanaugh, a graduate of the university and the law school, was accused by a professor in California, Christine Blasey Ford, of assaulting her when they were at a high school party.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined the students in New Haven and, later, in Washington.

Yale student Jishian Ravinthiran, center, raises his fist during a protest against Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda, on Capitol Hill, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 in Washington.

About 300 students participated in the protests on campus, and 115 others traveled to Washington to demonstrate, said John Gonzalez, a second-year law student who said the protests included the majority of the student body of about 600.

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A spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately confirm the arrests of the students but said information about the arrests of protesters would be released later Monday afternoon.

"The law school has a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which all of our students can live and learn in a community of mutual respect, free of harassment of any kind".

"As a community, we are here today to show that we take allegations of sexual assault and harassment seriously", said Diane Lake, a second-year law student, according to the Hartford Courant. "We demand that the Senate not repeat this same shameful mistake again".

They shared their own stories of sexual assault and called on senators to stand with survivors.

YLS Dean Heather K. Gerken called it a "long-standing Yale Law School tradition" as the allegations are "rightly causing deep concern at Yale Law School and across the country" in a statement Monday.

Rubenfeld, who has courted controversy for his views on rape and consent, is under internal investigation at Yale Law School and not teaching this semester.

"As dean, I can not take a position on the nomination, but I am so proud of the work our community is doing to engage with these issues, and I stand with them in supporting the importance of fair process, the rule of law, and the integrity of the legal system", Gerken said.

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