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Cui Bono?

Cui Bono?

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This will be the shortest “Skeptic’s Collection” column I have written in my six years of writing for Beguine. There is a heuristic rule of thumb that I have never seen employed in comparing the credibility of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. This principle is, as I say, purely a heuristic rule of thumb. That is, it cannot, nor does it profess to, constitute a fundamental evidentiary principle. It proves nothing “beyond a reasonable doubt”. But it is a good hip-pocket question to ask in “he said / she said” situations. It is a simple, two-word Latin expression: Cui bono? Cui bono may be interpreted variously as “Whose value” or “Whose advantage” or “Whose gain”. In this context, “value,” “advantage,” and “gain” should be interpreted as tangible advantage in te...