Harvard Law: Kavanaugh Won’t Teach Course He Has Taught Since 2009

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• October 2, 2018 9:02 am


Harvard Law School has informed students that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will not teach a class in 2019 that he has taught at the university since 2009. Last week, Harvard Law's dean could not say with certainty whether Kavanaugh would teach his course called "The Supreme Court Since 2005."

An email sent to students on behalf of the law school's curriculum committee on Monday announced the course will not be offered, HuffPost reports. "Today, Judge Kavanaugh indicated that he can no longer commit to teaching his course in January Term 2019, so the course will not be offered," the email says.

Although Harvard students have received no additional information, one student said there is "tons of speculation right now." Kavanaugh's faculty page now redirects to the general faculty directory.

The FBI is currently investigating allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh. President Donald Trump ordered an investigation soon after Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) requested to delay a Senate floor vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to allow an FBI investigation to take place.

Last week, Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her while they were in high school, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford claims he drunkenly groped her at a party and covered her mouth his hand to stifle her yells while his friend Mark Judge watched.

Kavanaugh firmly denied allegations made against him in his opening statement, calling them "grotesque and coordinated character assassination."

The committee voted along party lines to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate floor after Flake made his request. A prosecutor hired by the committee to question Ford and Kavanaugh determined the case against Kavanaugh was weak, noting that "Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them." As someone who has prosecuted many sexual assault cases, prosecutor Rachel Mitchell said based on the lack of evidence, she would not have prosecuted Kavanaugh or even have been able to obtain a search warrant.