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    Suffolk Law Students and Professors Respond to Hearing

    Law students and professors at Suffolk University offer their thoughts after watching Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018)

    Law students at Suffolk University rendered their verdicts Thursday after watching Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testify before a Senate committee.

    "I find her extremely credible," said Alisa Bekk, a law school student. "Not even as someone who studies law, but someone who has had experience working with survivors of sexual assault. It's very difficult to come forward."

    "I particularly think Dr. Ford's testimony today was compelling," agreed law student Stephanie Lavayen. "At moments, I actually cried because it moved me."

    From classrooms to the dining hall, screens across campus were streaming history.

    Suffolk Students Weigh in on Ford Testimony

    [NECN] Suffolk Students Weigh in on Ford Testimony

    Across the nation, people were glued to their TVs and devices to watch Christine Basey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testify.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018)

    "I think it's very important for women to take this as a learning experience and use it, and also find their own voice," said Andrea Ramirez, who studies law at Suffolk.

    Ford testified in front of a worldwide audience before the focus shifted to Kavanaugh.

    Douglas Bennett, a law student, said the Democrats' decision to forward Ford's complaint to the FBI this late in the nomination process was politically motivated.

    "If Brett Kavanaugh gets voted in, then I believe that it could be because the information did not come out soon enough," said Bennett.

    "I personally haven't heard enough. I'm sort of wondering, is she thinking about the right person? I still have a lot of questions," said another student, Alex Sneirson.

    He says the allegations against Kavanaugh deserve a thorough investigation.

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    "I sort of appreciated the anger he had," Sneirson said. "He is a husband, he is a father, he's a family man ... If he's not confirmed, his career is ruined."

    A Supreme Court nominee has not being under this much scrutiny since Clarence Thomas in 1991.

    "Before these allegations, this was a historical moment," said law professor Sarah Boonin.

    According to Boonin, it is up to the senators to decide which path to take — to have the FBI investigate the allegations or to push Kavanaugh through.

    "This is a moment in time in which a number of constitutional rights really hang in the balance," said Boonin.

    Whichever way the hearings and nomination vote go, the ramifications could be felt for decades in the country's highest court.

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