Yale Law Students Protest Kavanaugh Nomination

Yale Law School students are protesting the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and demanding an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Dozens of students wearing black staged a sit-in at the law school Monday. Yale officials canceled classes to accommodate the demonstration. Some Yale students traveled to Washington to protest the nomination.

The protest came the morning after The New Yorker published the account of a woman who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were students at Yale in the 1983-84 academic year. Another woman has accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her in high school.

Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

“We’re having an ongoing conversation at the school about what it means to be a Yale Law School graduate and how we go into the world as Yale Law School graduates – what we do with the power that we have," said Yale Law School student Sam Peltz.

“We can’t really begrudge the timing because this is when they felt like it was appropriate and come forward and talk about such a sensitive issue," said Alyssa Peterson, who is one of more than 100 Yale Law students also protesting in D.C. 

Fifty Yale faculty members have signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging the Senate to conduct "a fair and deliberate confirmation process." 

Law school faculty canceled 31 classes in light of the protests.

In D.C., Capitol police charged 128 individuals with unlawfully demonstrating in the Senate office buildings. A student representative told NBC Connecticut two of those were charged are current Yale Law students.

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