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GOP Picks Female Prosecutor 09/26 06:29

GOP Picks Female Prosecutor            09/26 06:29

   Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to 
handle questioning about allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court 
nominee Brett Kavanaugh, describing her as tough, experienced and, above all, 
objective.

   PHOENIX (AP) -- Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel 
Mitchell to handle questioning about allegations of sexual assault against 
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, describing her as tough, experienced 
and, above all, objective.

   Mitchell, a Republican, was expected to question both Kavanaugh and his 
accuser at Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

   Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her 
when they were teenagers has predictably raised a political storm in the #MeToo 
era and the GOP's all-male presence on the panel made some want a woman to 
question Ford.

   Mitchell works in the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix as the 
chief of the Special Victims Division. She supervises attorneys who handle 
cases involving child molestation, sexual assault and computer crimes against 
children in Arizona's most populous county.

   Mitchell, who has decades of experience prosecuting sex crimes, "has been 
recognized in the legal community for her experience and objectivity," 
committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, said in a statement 
Tuesday.

   Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Mitchell's boss, praised her 
experience in an interview with the Arizona Republic , calling her an 
"objective prosecutor" who has a "caring heart" for victims. He said he was 
contacted by staff members of the Judiciary Committee over the weekend about 
Mitchell's qualifications.

   In July 2014, Mitchell prosecuted a former church volunteer in the Phoenix 
suburb of Scottsdale who molested children in his care as a church baby sitter 
and camp counselor over a seven-year period. He was sentenced to 30 years in 
prison with lifetime probation.

   "People want to go to a church on a Sunday and feel safe," Mitchell said at 
the time, adding that the settings of his actions "should be taken into 
account."

   In 2015, Mitchell prosecuted a 13-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department 
who groped two women, one of whom had passed out.

   She has been named Arizona's Outstanding Sexual Assault Prosecutor as well 
as Maricopa County Attorney's Office Prosecutor of the Year.

   Last year, the county attorney's office introduced a sex crimes protocol --- 
the first in its history. The new policy manual will ensure that prosecutors 
have a guide "so that we can do the best we can for victims," Mitchell told a 
local NPR station.

   "It's always hard to know which victims were not victims or which people 
were not victims because your system worked," Mitchell said in a January 
interview with Phoenix radio station KJZZ.


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