PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sex-crimes prosecutor who questioned Christine Blasey Ford about her sexual assault allegation towards then-Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been promoted to a high prosecutorial job in metro Phoenix.
Rachel Mitchell was named chief deputy of the Maricopa County Legal professional’s Workplace final week, taking over the highest employees place with Republican County Legal professional Invoice Montgomery.
Mitchell was chief of the county’s intercourse crimes division when the 11 Republican males on the Senate Judiciary Committee enlisted her to query Ford, hoping to keep away from the doubtless unhealthy optics of males interrogating a girl about her allegation.
Her efficiency was panned by many Republicans, who stated she was ineffective at poking holes in Ford’s story, and by Democrats, who questioned why a girl who put perpetrators behind bars was questioning an accuser.
The format wherein she questioned Ford in five-minute increments earlier than ceding the ground to Democratic senators, made for awkward and disjointed exchanges.
Ford accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her whereas he was drunk once they have been youngsters. He denied her allegations and people of different ladies, and was later confirmed by the Senate.
Mitchell has an almost three-decade profession as a prosecutor, together with 20 years in supervisory roles, stated Amanda Steele, a spokeswoman for the county legal professional’s workplace.
“As a prosecutor she has a confirmed document of being skilled, truthful, goal, and demonstrating a caring coronary heart for victims,” Steele stated in an electronic mail.
Mitchell was promoted to chief deputy on July 31. Her wage bump to $167,211 a 12 months should be authorized by the Republican-controlled Board of Supervisors, the county’s governing physique. The promotion was first reported by Phoenix New Instances.
The promotion comes at a time of potential upheaval within the county legal professional’s workplace.
Montgomery is one in all seven finalists for an appointment to the Arizona Supreme Courtroom and has drawn fierce opposition from civil rights advocates and enthusiastic help from his GOP allies.
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will make the appointment.