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Gansler's defense of Kavanaugh misses mark

In reporting former Attorney General Doug Gansler’s belittling assessment of Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (“Gov. Hogan rules out state police investigation of Kavanaugh allegations; Montgomery County police not investigating,” Sept. 25), I was disappointed by The Baltimore Sun’s failure to note that Mr. Gansler is a self-proclaimed personal friend of Judge Kavanaugh’s for nearly 35 years dating back to their time at Yale — and that he “heaped praise” upon him when he was first announced as President Donald Trump’s nominee.

This might explain why the former prosecutor was so quick to suggest that Mr. Kavanaugh would not have been charged as an adult. In fact, as Professor Steven Grossman correctly points out, for decades young black men, many of them only 14 and 15, have been charged and jailed as adults in Maryland for less serious crimes. It was also reckless and borderline offensive for Mr. Gansler to reach the conclusion that there was not enough proof to know Mr. Kavanaugh’s true intentions before actually hearing from the victim or conducting an investigation. The added allegations that emerged this weekend only prove Mr. Gansler’s “confirm first, investigate later” approach is completely backwards.

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Mr. Gansler’s cavalier attitude a few years ago toward underage drinking at his own child’s party may have been a personal decision as a father. But it’s a completely different matter to use his status as the former attorney general to discount serious sexual assault allegations plainly rooted in the alcohol-and-sex culture of the elite prep schools and colleges Messrs. Gansler and Kavanaugh attended. Perhaps Mr. Gansler, now a private attorney, just wants to be Mr. Kavanaugh’s defense lawyer. But at a minimum readers should have been told he is Mr. Kavanaugh’s friend.

Julia Cohen, Rockville

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