Classmates Who Endorsed Brett Kavanaugh Now Say Claims Warrant Investigation

Several former classmates of Judge Brett Kavanaugh who just last month endorsed his nomination to the Supreme Court have now called for the Yale alumnus to be investigated over allegations of sexual misconduct.
Three of Kavanaugh’s former classmates at Yale Law School told The Washington Post this week that the recent allegations by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez warrant a “fair and credible investigation.”
Blasey has accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed and attempting to remove her clothes during a party when they were high school students in the 1980s. Ramirez alleged in an interview with The New Yorker on Sunday that Kavanaugh exposed himself and thrust his penis in her face at a party when they were students at Yale University during the 1983-84 school year.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, and both women have asked for the FBI to investigate their accusations.
“The confirmation process should be conducted in a way that fosters trust in the process and the Supreme Court, and that seriously considers allegations of sexual violence,” Kent Sinclair and Douglas Rutzen said in a statement to the Post on Tuesday. A third member of Yale Law School’s class of 1990, Mark Osler, told the Post that the circumstances around the allegations “need to be probed.”
Joshua Roberts / Reuters Demonstrators protest against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington on Monday. All three men had signed an Aug. 27 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that commended Kavanaugh as a man with a “considerable intellect, friendly manner, good sense of humor and humility.” Akhil Amar, a Yale law professor who taught Kavanaugh and also testified in support his appointment, said Monday that an investigation “ is the best way forward.”
The Post noted that it reached out to more than 30 Yale alumni who knew Kavanaugh and wrote letters in support of his nomination, many of whom said they still support him.
But with the recent calls, the men join a growing chorus calling on federal investigators to look into the allegations against the judge as Republicans on the judiciary committee attempt to rush through his nomination. A coalition of Mormon women also called on lawmakers to “go slowly” on the nomination if they hoped to “truly respect women.”
President Donald Trump has remained steadfast in his support of Kavanaugh, and several GOP lawmakers have lambasted the allegations as a politically motivated “ smear ” campaign meant to delay the judge’s appointment to the nation’s highest court.
The president on Tuesday moved to discredit Ramirez, saying she had “nothing” and that she was “totally messed up” when the alleged event happened. The woman told The New Yorker that she was inebriated at the time of the alleged sexual misconduct but said she was confident in her recollection and hoped the FBI would investigate the claims.
“Oh, gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court justice because of this,” Trump said sarcastically during the comments, made in New York City while he was there to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the date of an endorsement letter from Kavanaugh’s former classmates. The letter was dated Aug. 27.
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Body found in sex offender’s car was likely missing 89-year-old woman | OregonLive.com

Sex offender charged in killing of missing 89-year-old Portland woman Updated September 26, 2018 at 7:02 PM ; Posted Gallery: Timothy J. Mackley arraignment Comment The Oregonian/OregonLive
Updated 6:47 p.m.
Marcine Herinck never tired of community service, even after the 89-year-old could no longer drive herself to and from the food pantry and thrift store in Northeast Portland. She simply finagled rides from her family.
That devotion may have led to her death.
A registered sex offender with a self-described history of mental illness is suspected of killing the 4-foot-10 grandmother after he trailed her home from her volunteer shift at Portland Adventist Community Services.
Authorities on Wednesday charged Timothy Joseph Mackley, 58, in Herinck’s death. Her body was found in Mackley’s car Monday night during a traffic stop, police said. Timothy J. Mackley MCSO
Herink’s family announced her death Tuesday night on Facebook. They had last seen her Sept. 18, when her daughter-in-law dropped her at the Wilkes neighborhood home where she lived alone.
“Marcine will be remembered for her soft, gentle spirit and the life she lived dedicated to others,” the family said.
That commitment shined at the faith-based service center on Northeast Halsey Street where she began volunteering in 2014. Mark Fulop, the organization’s executive director, said Herinck had logged more than 1,900 hours stocking and cleaning shelves in the thrift store.
“She brought her wit, her humor and a passion for community service,” he told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “She was loved by staff and customers.”
Mackley might have been one of the people she had helped. He had been in the store during Herinck’s final shift, Fulop said. Staff members contacted detectives about Mackley after Herinck was missing for several days, he said.
According to police, detectives two days ago determined Mackley was involved in Herinck’s disappearance. Authorities suspect Mackley saw her at the faith-based service center and followed her home.
When police stopped his Toyota Camry in the 9200 block of Southeast Holgate Boulevard, officers discovered the remains in the trunk of his car and arrested him, said Sgt. Chris Burley, a Portland police spokesman.
An autopsy by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the woman’s death a homicide. Authorities didn’t say how she was killed.
Mackley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder charges in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
He appeared to roll his eyes, bounce up and down and speak to himself during the arraignment. At various points Mackley turned his back to the judge and to members of the courtroom.
Some in the audience gasped. Others cried. Mackley was ordered held without bail.
“It’s been very, very troubling for us,” Jeff Herinck Sr., Marcine’s son, said after the hearing. “She was a great person.”
Records show Mackley was convicted in 1989 of sodomy and sex abuse and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was later ordered not to be around any children or schools.
After his release, he failed to register as a sex offender and has told court officials he was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, records show.
Mackley told court officials he lives on disability payments of less than $1,000 a month and drives people to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in his spare time.
His apartment was less than two miles from where Herinck went missing last week and about three miles from Portland Adventist Community Services, records show.
Her disappearance prompted a frantic search to find her.
Friends, family and volunteers plastered fliers around her home in the 1500 block of Northeast 150th Avenue. They used a drone to fly over woods and brushy areas, they said.
Police, meanwhile, asked the public for help and distributed photos of Herinck.
Herinck had early stage dementia and didn’t drive, her family said. But she still lived alone and babysat her grandchildren. She attended church regularly, where she led Bible studies and organized toy drives for kids.
“Marcine was one of those quiet rocks in our community,” said Chris Blair, the pastor at Crossroads Church on Northeast 102nd Avenue. “She was a tiny little thing. But she had boundless energy.”
Jeff Herinck told KATU News that he drove to his mother’s house a week ago on Sept. 19 and found it empty.
The front and garage doors were open. His mother’s cellphone, purse and keys were still in the kitchen. A cup of cold coffee sat in the microwave.
“I just feel something has happened to her,” Jeff Herinck told KATU. “I just feel like she was taken, I really do.”
The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Everton Bailey, Jr., Maxine Bernstein, Aimee Green and Jim Ryan contributed to this report
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Classmates Who Endorsed Brett Kavanaugh Now Say Claims Warrant Investigation

Classmates Who Endorsed Brett Kavanaugh Now Say Claims Warrant Investigation Nick Visser • September 26, 2018 Several former classmates of Judge Brett Kavanaugh who just last month endorsed his nomination to the Supreme Court have now called for the Yale alumnus to be investigated over allegations of sexual misconduct. Three of Kavanaugh’s former classmates at Yale Law School told The Washington Post this week that the recent allegations by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez warrant a “fair and credible investigation.” Blasey has accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed and attempting to remove her clothes during a party when they were high school students in the 1980s. Ramirez alleged in an interview with The New Yorker on Sunday that Kavanaugh exposed himself and thrust his penis in her face at a party when they were students at Yale University during the 1983-84 school year. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, and both women have asked for the FBI to investigate their accusations. “The confirmation process should be conducted in a way that fosters trust in the process and the Supreme Court, and that seriously considers allegations of sexual violence,” Kent Sinclair and Douglas Rutzen said in a statement to the Post on Tuesday. A third member of Yale Law School’s class of 1990, Mark Osler, told the Post that the circumstances around the allegations “need to be probed.” All three men had signed an Aug. 27 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that commended Kavanaugh as a man with a “considerable intellect, friendly manner, good sense of humor and humility.” Akhil Amar, a Yale law professor who taught Kavanaugh and also testified in support his appointment, said Monday that an investigation “ is the best way forward.” The Post noted that it reached out to more than 30 Yale alumni who knew Kavanaugh and wrote letters in support of his nomination, many of whom said they still support him. But with the recent calls, the men join a growing chorus calling on federal investigators to look into the allegations against the judge as Republicans on the judiciary committee attempt to rush through his nomination. A coalition of Mormon women also called on lawmakers to “go slowly” on the nomination if they hoped to “truly respect women.” President Donald Trump has remained steadfast in his support of Kavanaugh, and several GOP lawmakers have lambasted the allegations as a politically motivated “ smear ” campaign meant to delay the judge’s appointment to the nation’s highest court. The president on Tuesday moved to discredit Ramirez, saying she had “nothing” and that she was “totally messed up” when the alleged event happened. The woman told The New Yorker that she was inebriated at the time of the alleged sexual misconduct but said she was confident in her recollection and hoped the FBI would investigate the claims. “Oh, gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court justice because of this,” Trump said sarcastically during the comments, made in New York City while he was there to attend the United Nations General Assembly. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the date of an endorsement letter from Kavanaugh’s former classmates. The letter was dated Aug. 27. This article originally appeared on HuffPost .

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