Zillow has now been dragged into the drama surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a lawyer used the database in an attempt to prove the judge’s innocence.
Ed Whelan, a former law clerk to deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and head of a conservative think tank, took to Twitter Thursday questioning the claims made by Kavanaugh’s accuser, Inman reported.
In a series of now-deleted tweets, Whelan posted the floor plan to the home he believes matches the description of the one where college professor Christine Blasey Ford claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was 15 and he was 17. The plans were obtained from Zillow.
Whelan used addresses found in a yearbook and details from the Washington Post to identify the house, and implied that Kavanaugh’s classmate who lived at the home, Chris Garrett, was possibly responsible for the attack, according to Mashable.
Whelan later apologized for the posts, but not before they sparked a slew of sarcastic imitations.
“I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep classmate,” he tweeted. “I take full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it. I realize that does not undo the mistake.” [Inman] — Rich Bockmann