Boulder Attorney Confirms He Represents Second Kavanaugh Accuser
Boulder attorney John Clune has confirmed that he is representing Deborah Ramirez, the Boulder woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while both were students at Yale University.
Ramirez told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dormitory party in the 1983-1984 academic year.
While The New Yorker reported former Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett — now a private attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck — was representing her, Clune confirmed with the Daily Camera today that he is representing Ramirez.
Clune is an attorney at Hutchinson Black and Cook, a Boulder firm that has specialized in Title IX litigation and taken on many notable cases , including several at the University of Colorado.
Clune released a statement on behalf of Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, where Ramirez is a board member.
“We know Debbie Ramirez to be a woman of great integrity and honor,” SPAN wrote in the statement. “We stand by her and her courageous decision to come forward. It is never simple or easy for survivors to share their experiences. To do so in the face of public scrutiny requires a level of personal strength that is true to the person Debbie is. She has our support, our respect, and our admiration.”
According to the Denver Post , Ramirez is a senior volunteer coordinator at the Boulder County Department of Housing & Human Services who friends described as a “pretty private person” but one with “real strong character and morals.”
In addition to her work with SPAN, Ramirez once wrote a letter to the Daily Camera asking Bolder Boulder to stop using the word “sissies” on T-shirts.
A notice posted at Ramirez’s south Boulder home directed questions to Garnett, though he no longer is representing her. Garnett visited the home Monday and would not comment on his visit when exiting that afternoon.
Several of Ramirez’s neighbors told the Camera everyone in the neighborhood generally keeps to themselves and that they did not know Ramirez well but had seen the news coverage over the weekend.
Ramirez, 53, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away
As protesters rallied against Kavanaugh in Denver , U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said he “absolutely supports” a Senate panel investigation into Ramirez’s allegations.
“Senator Gardner was first made aware of these allegations when the New Yorker story was published Sunday evening,” Gardner spokesman Casey Contres said in an email to the Denver Post. “Investigators from Chairman Grassley’s staff immediately contacted Ms. Ramirez’s attorney to gather more information about what allegedly occurred.
“Senator Gardner absolutely supports efforts by the Senate Judiciary Committee to gather more information and investigate these claims.”
During the protests outside Gardner’s office, Lisa Calderon, Safehouse’s former legal director who hired Ramirez as a volunteer, spoke in defense of Ramirez.
“I trained Debbie as a victim advocate, and one of the things we teach is that we never tell victims what to do,” Calderón told reporters Monday after speaking at a rally in Denver protesting Kavanaugh’s nomination. “When you speak out, someone is going to criticize you or you might not be believed.”
“And Debbie knows the consequences of speaking up,” she added. “Unfortunately, nothing can prepare you for this circus — this political circus — that’s happening.”
Ramirez eventually took the staff role of volunteer coordinator at Safehouse, according to a Facebook post by the organization.
Ramirez is the second woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, and the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday.
The Denver Post contributed to this report.
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