Ford was widely praised for her compelling and convincing testimony in Thursday's hearing, but the fact that she can't name the date and location of the alleged offence makes the claim hard to prosecute, experts say. In an interview earlier this year on a local NPR radio station, Mitchell talked about the nuts-and-bolts of the office's adoption of a new sex crimes protocol, the first in office history, meant to improve the investigation and prosecution of cases.
He strongly denied Ford's allegation, but said he believed she had been the victim of a sexual assault.
Rick Romley, the former top county prosecutor in metro Phoenix who was once Mitchell's boss, praised her for a career devoted to helping victims.
Mitchell was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1992.
The tenor of the questions suggested that Mitchell was trying, if gently, to question the reliability of Ford's recollections and portray Ford as a pawn of Democrats who are out to stop Kavanaugh at any cost.
But Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said using a trained lawyer allows for less grandstanding by senators with political aspirations.
Ford replied that she contacted her representative in Congress, Anna Eshoo, a Democrat, and that Eshoo recommended contacting Feinstein, a California senator and the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
It'll easily be the highest-profile case of Mitchell's long and distinguished career handling sex crimes, an area she said she didn't initially intend to focus on early in her career but one she felt drawn to after clerking at a law firm and watching a senior lawyer prosecute a youth choir director. The Democrats might be genuinely upset that the Republicans abdicated their "responsibility" to question Ford themselves. Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial. "She's clearly competent", said Rick Romley, a former Maricopa County attorney.
While Republicans plan to let Mitchell do the questioning, they may follow up on answers.
Sen. Jeff Flake is an undecided Republican on the Judiciary Committee who is retiring and has made an enemy of Trump. But in a confirmation process marked by theatrics, drama, and partisan bickering, Mitchell's presence and her professional conduct was the closest the Senate has come to decency and normalcy in months. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said.
The tension in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room was nearly unbearable in the hours and minutes before Sen. Flake often appeared conflicted and pained as senators engaged in a contentious debate over the nomination.
A psychologist for the defense countered that Cosby's age made reoffending unlikely. "I am glad that Bill Cosby was convicted". He could eventually be sent to a state prison that has separate units for geriatric prisoners and programs for sex offenders.
The scene repeated itself throughout the day. "I think this was the wrong assignment at the wrong time for her", Romley said. Mitchell has helped train psychologists, medical professionals, forensic interviewers and detectives in sex-crimes issues.
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