Rutgers Law Students Watch Kavanaugh Hearing

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College Students Witness Historic Moment In Kavanaugh Sex Assault Hearing

September 27, 2018 - 12:26 pm

NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- People around the county watched and listened Thursday as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his sexual assault accuser testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Among them was a group of Rutgers University students, who watched closely as the senators questioned Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychology professor who accuses him of attempting to rape her when they were teens.

But as WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, some of the law student observed that “in a way, this is politics as usual – very predictable; Republicans lining up on one side, the Democrats on the other.”

Still, many students said they believed they were witnessing a historic moment.

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"I feel that she's coming across completely credible," one student said.

As to Kavanaugh’s testimony, another student said: "He was pretty convincing. I don't know if I believe him. But his testimony was very compelling. I mean his opening statement was very compelling and emotional."

Despite the tension and drama, most feel no senators’ minds were changed.

"There's like an emotional part of me that really hopes that someone out there on the Republican side can see this and see the humanity behind all of this, but cynically, I just don’t know if there’s really a precedent for it,” another student said.

At the hearing, Ford, 51, said she thought Kavanaugh was going to rape her in the incident.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's and other women's allegations of sexual misconduct. The conservative jurist, whose Senate confirmation had seemed an easy waltz until Ford and the other women emerged, awaited his own chance to testify later in the day.

"I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified," Ford said as she described the alleged assault. "I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened."

In Connecticut, many Yale University students have gathered around televisions or been glued to their phones during the Brett Kavanaugh hearing.
 
About 70 students watched Thursday's hearing in a lounge at Yale Law School as Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.
 
Student Alyssa Peterson says the lounge became quiet and some people gasped as Ford testified about the alleged assault.
 
Many Yale students have been protesting Kavanaugh's nomination, including at a rally Wednesday outside a Yale building where a second woman says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were students there in the 1980s.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)