In the wake of the Washington Post’s article naming Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s theretofore anonymous accuser on Sunday as Professor Christine Blasey-Ford, much of the subsequent two days’ news were filled with variants of “who is she and is she credible?”
Yesterday, my colleague Kimberly Ross critiqued those who pointed to her reviews from students as evidence that she’s clearly a horrible human being. Today, another one of the widely spread aspects as another possible motivation of Blasey-Ford has been debunked.
It was reported Monday that in 1996 Brett Kavanaugh’s mother — a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge at the time — “foreclosed” on Blasey-Ford’s parents home. However, that is, in fact, untrue and the real story is more nuanced.
A review of the filings shows that Judge Kavanaugh signed an order in 1997 dismissing the foreclosure after the Blaseys refinanced their home. The 10th item on the court docket reads, “ORDER OF COURT (KAVANAUGH, J./RICE, M.) THAT THE VOLUNTARY MOTION TO DISMISS IS HEREBY GRANTED WITH PREJUDICE AND THAT THE BOND FILED BY HARRY J. KELLY AS TRUSTEE SHALL BE RELEASED AND RETURNED FILED.”
The records show Martha Kavanaugh was one of several judges involved in the case. The records show she made no ruling pertaining to a seizure of the Blasleys’ home. The records also show that her involvement in the case was minimal. Basically, she dismissed it, and that’s it.
Dismissed with prejudice, so the case couldn’t simply be refiled using the same grounds.
In fact, the Blasey’s still owned the home in question at the time of the latest property tax assessment in Maryland in 2017. So, the line that Christine Ford is trying to exact some kind of revenge on behalf of her parent’s losing their home is pretty much nonsense.
There’s plenty there to question Ford’s recollections, veracity and motivations without resorting to the provably false.