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This Man’s Incredible Story Proves Why Due Process Matters In The Kavanaugh Case

Authored by James Miller of The Political Insider:


Somewhere between the creation of the Magna Carta and now, leftists have forgotten why due process matters; and in some cases, such as that of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, they choose to outright ignore the judicial and civil rights put in place by the U.S. Constitution.

In this age of social media justice mobs, the accused are often convicted in the court of (liberal) public opinion long before any substantial evidence emerges to warrant an investigation or trial. This is certainly true for Kavanaugh. His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, cannot recall the date of the alleged assault and has no supporting witnesses, yet law professors are ready to ruin his entire life and career. Not because they genuinely believe he’s guilty, but because he’s a pro-life Trump nominee for the Supreme Court.

It goes without saying: to “sink Kavanaugh even if” Ford’s allegation is untrue is unethical, unconstitutional, and undemocratic. He has a right to due process, and before liberals sharpen their pitchforks any further they would do well to remember what happened to Brian Banks.

In the summer of 2002, Banks was a highly recruited 16-year-old linebacker at Polytechnic High School in California with plans to play football on a full scholarship to the University of Southern California. However, those plans were destroyed when Banks’s classmate, Wanetta Gibson, claimed that Banks had dragged her into a stairway at their high school and raped her.

Gibson’s claim was false, but it was Banks’s word against hers. Banks had two options: go to trial and risk spending 41 years-to-life in prison, or take a plea deal that included five years in prison, five years probation, and registering as a sex offender. Banks accepted the plea deal under the counsel of his lawyer, who told him that he stood no chance at trial because the all-white jury would “automatically assume” he was guilty because he was a “big, black teenager.”

Gibson and her mother subsequently sued the Long Beach Unified School District and won a $1.5 million settlement. It wasn’t until nearly a decade later, long after Banks’s promising football career had already been tanked, that Gibson admitted she’d fabricated the entire story.

Following Gibson’s confession, Banks was exonerated with the help of the California Innocence Project. Hopeful to get his life back on track, he played for Las Vegas Locomotives of the now-defunct United Football League in 2012 and signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013. But while Banks finally received justice, he will never get back the years or the prospective pro football career that Gibson selfishly stole from him.

Banks’ story is timely, and it serves as a powerful warning to anyone too eager to condemn those accused of sexual assault. In fact, a film about Banks’s ordeal, Brian Banks, is set to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival next week.

Perhaps all the #MeToo Hollywood elites and their liberal friends should attend the screening – and keep Kavanaugh in their minds as they watch.

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Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
September 22, 2018

“It wasn’t until nearly a decade later, long after Banks’s promising football career had already been tanked, that Gibson admitted she’d fabricated the entire story”.

So how many years in prison did Gibson have to serve for the very serious crime she deliberately and wilfully committed?

wiggins
wiggins
Reply to  Tom Welsh
September 22, 2018

…and how many will she serve?

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
September 22, 2018

Seems to me our Western “values” have tanked. Anything goes…lies, blackmail, extortion…you name it. Anything to attract attention at any cost at anyone’s expense. Anything to make someone’s life utterly miserable, even to the point of inducing suicide. Where are we headed?

john vieira
Reply to  Vera Gottlieb
September 22, 2018

Not headed anywhere anymore…you’re there already. The left leaning democrats, the deep swamp, most professional politicians and their corrupt moronic lackeys in the mainstream media all subscribe to “taqiyya”…

Martha
Martha
September 22, 2018

The real question is, did either Banks and/or Polytechnic High School in California bring a suit against the deranged Wanetta Gibson to regain some of their good name and some of the $$ that the school (and the taxpayers) had to pay out? If not, WHY not? I’m rather sure the 1.5 million in extortion money has long since been spent by Gibson, but Gibson should be in prison for what she did to Banks and the school. This has nothing at all to do with western values and everything to do with the lack of them, due to shall… Read more »

Cudwieser
Cudwieser
Reply to  Martha
September 22, 2018

The school deserve nothing for tacit liability. Gibson will serve a greater punishment now that others know her guilty.

jets
jets
Reply to  Cudwieser
September 23, 2018

Well, I could be wrong, but with the short span of attention these days, Gibson will walk.

am hants
September 23, 2018

Dr Christine Blasey-Ford (Maiden Name = Blasey), her main College position is a Psychiatric Professor – Yet she needed a “Therapist” to Remember a lost memory for 30 years? The Professor, whose subject is ‘“CIA Undergraduate Internship Program”, has difficulty remembering events that allegedly left her traumatised? How does the woman, who openly admits to being permiscuous in her teenage years, muddle up an hormonal fumble, to a serious assault? Here are the KEY FACTS she provided about her Allegation: 1 – Unable to name the exact year it happened, 2 – Not remembering where the location incident took place,… Read more »

am hants
September 23, 2018

Something similar happened to somebody I know. Who, together with his mates, were professsional sportsmen. Owing to their profession, they had to defend themselves, in the High Courts, from something similar. It only went to the High Courts, owing to their profession. The first case folded, then the prosecution went for another trial, where they were found ‘not guilty’. They were only young at the time, yet, without a custodial sentence. Not only did their careers suffer, but, also they were left with mental trauma, that will be with them for life. Thank goodness for the, California Innocence Project, otherwise… Read more »

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