Last Saturday, Oct. 6, after the Senate confirmed the nomination of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a young woman and a young man encircled an elderly man holding two signs in peaceful support of Kavanaugh.
The signs said “She [Christine Blasey Ford] is a good liar”, “Trump” and “Arm teachers Protest kids”.
The woman taunted the elderly man, dancing in front of and around him in her short shorts.
Then she struck the signs from his hands, hitting him.
That’s not just assault, it’s battery — a crime.
The legal definition of “assault” is “a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in either criminal or civil liability.” “Battery” is assault that involves bodily contact — “an intentional unpermitted act causing harmful or offensive contact with the ‘person’ of another.” Although causing any physical harm or injury to the victim—such as a cut, a burn, or a bullet wound—could constitute battery, “actual injury is not required. Even though there is no apparent bruise following harmful contact, the defendant can still be guilty of battery.”
In Washington, DC, aggravated assault is a felony charge, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $10,000. In this case, the young woman committed aggravated assault by engaging in conduct that put the elderly man “at extreme risk of serious injury”. Even attempted aggravated assault carries a potential 5 year prison sentence and fines of $5,000. (DC Code §22-404.01)
There may also be additional “elder abuse” penalties because she assaulted and battered a senior citizen.
Happily, as seen in a photo posted by Ruptly, the woman was led away in handcuffs. Altogether, 164 protesters were arrested on Saturday at the Capitol and on the steps of the Supreme Court, where the assault on the elderly man took place. (Daily Wire)
Meanwhile, Justice Brett Kavanaugh is already at work!
He hired his clerks — all women — and will participate in oral arguments before the Supreme Court today.
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