She is a respected career sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, who began Thursday's hearings by striking a sympathetic tone.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh holds up a small copy of the U.S. Constitution while answering questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 5, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
Mitchell is chief of the Special Victims Division in the Maricopa County attorney's office in Phoenix. She has no facts, no corroboration, no medical report, no police report.
But, he added: "There is nothing in this process to make me comfortable that this process is about fairness, truth and evidence".
Arizona defense attorney David Michael Cantor, a certified criminal law specialist, said the choice of a longtime sex crimes prosecutor to question Kavanaugh and his accuser was "ironic". "And that is why she got fired on the spot". Because of that, they said she'd have to drive cross-country to get to a hearing. Using a map, Mitchell showed that if the party were within one mile of the country club from which Ford claimed she came before the party, it would be between 6.2 and 8.2 miles from her home. Kavanaugh has denied that allegation as well.
Ford's husband, Russell Ford, said he had learned details about the assault during a couple's therapy session in 2012, though she had previously mentioned the assault around the time of their marriage.
"This format has been awful", Romley said. "This brings back so much pain", she said.
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The former treasurer said she was exposed to sexual abuse at age five and kept silent about her assault for almost 20 years. He said he may have met Ford , who went to a different school, but he added, "We did not travel in the same social circle".
"She is a widely recognized expert on the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes, and has frequently served as a speaker and instructor on the subject", Grassley said. (He also screamed his way through his questioning of Kavanaugh.) He said the hearing was a "political game" on the behalf of the Democrats. In a statement, committee chair Sen.
Christine Ford, a California professor, claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when she was 15, he was 17, and both went to high school in Maryland.
Mitchell is a registered Republican, according to the Washington Post. As the Post points out, the hearing has especially resonated with victims of sexual assault - one of whom, a 76-year-old woman, was inspired to share her story with C-SPAN during one of the hearing's breaks.
"She's extremely competent. Thorough". She supervises attorneys who handle cases involving child molestation, sexual assault and computer crimes against children in Arizona's most populous county.
She'll be in the pivotal role of representing the 11 Republican - and male - members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who selected Mitchell in part to avoid the appearance of an all-male GOP bloc scrutinizing Ford's allegations.
The county attorney's office introduced a sex crimes protocol a year ago - the first in its history. It will ensure prosecutors have a guide "so that we can do the best we can for victims", Mitchell told a local NPR station in January.
On Thursday, however, she'll be handling a case unlike any she's ever prosecuted.
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