Authorities in Maryland on Friday mentioned they have been ready to conduct a state-level felony investigation into sexual assault allegations towards Choose Brett Kavanaugh — supplied sufferer comes ahead.
The disclosure by Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger and Montgomery County State’s Lawyer John McCarthy got here Friday, the identical day that President Trump ordered the FBI to conduct a restricted “supplemental” investigation.
However Manger and McCarthy famous that prosecution was unlikely in Maryland as a result of authorities must apply the regulation that existed on the time of the offense, not the regulation that exists now, Baltimore’s FOX 45 Information reported.
“For instance, in 1982, assault and tried rape have been each misdemeanors and topic to a one-year statute of limitations,” they wrote.
However they added: “The Montgomery County Police Division and the Montgomery County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace stand prepared to analyze any sexual assault allegation from any sufferer the place the incident occurred in our jurisdiction.”
They mentioned a sufferer must file a grievance to set off an inquiry, the Baltimore Solar reported.
“To this point, there have been no felony experiences filed with the Montgomery County Division of Police that will result in the initiation of any felony investigation associated to Choose Kavanaugh,” they wrote.
“To this point, there have been no felony experiences filed with the Montgomery County Division of Police that will result in the initiation of any felony investigation associated to Choose Kavanaugh.”
Earlier this week, a bunch of Maryland lawmakers, all Democrats, known as for the state to conduct its personal felony investigation into decades-old sexual assault allegations towards Kavanaugh, Trump’s choose to fill the U.S. Supreme Court docket seat vacated by the retired Affiliate Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Of their letter Tuesday, the Democrats mentioned they have been writing to “categorical our concern concerning the want for an investigation into current high-profile allegations of intercourse assault in our county. … We imagine native regulation enforcement has the authority to analyze allegations of crimes with out want for a proper grievance, and we additional imagine third events have standing to carry such complaints.”
Kavanaugh was accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexually assaulting her at a celebration in Montgomery County within the early 1980s.
Kavanaugh and Ford each testified at a Senate listening to Thursday the place he denied the allegations. He faces a number of allegations of sexual misconduct whereas in highschool.
Trump and Republicans have repeatedly backed Kavanaugh and blame Democrats for working to destroy a “fantastic man.”