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Friday, September 28, 2007

Duke Case — Sept. 28, 2007

Today's items - updated:

Paul MirengoffPaul Mirengoff / Power Line blog:
A perfect storm of disgrace [see comments] -- Yesterday, Stuart Taylor spoke to the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Federalist Society about the Duke lacrosse "rape" case. In my view, Taylor is probably the pre-eminent reporter of legal/political matters, an enterprise to which he brings to bear great intelligence, strong knowledge of the law, and stubborn fair-mindedness.

Along with K.C. Johnson, he has written Until Proven Innocent, Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case. Today, he provided an overview of this wretched affair which, in essence, was the product of three rotten forces -- a corrupt prosecutor, a rotten academic institution, and the liberal MSM. [...]

The academic institution, Duke University, contains two sets of villains -- (1) the 88 faculty members (about one-fourth of the arts and sciences faculty) who, without regard to the evidence, publicly adjudged as guilty the three accused Duke students, the entire Duke lacrosse team, and white America in general and (2) university president Richard Brodhead, who "enabled" this rabid portion of the faculty and did nothing to defend Duke's students even as their innocence became clear. [...]

When the rape charges arose, Brodhead's options were to appease Duke's leftist faculty or to grant Duke students the presumption of innocence. The faculty made it clear to Brodhead that he could not do both. [...]

As Taylor said yesterday, prosecutorial abuse looks like it may be a major problem in this country, so it's too bad that Sharpton and his ilk forfeited an opportunity to form a coalition with moderates and conservatives to combat it. [...]

discussion:
aldo / Protein Wisdom blog:
Lessons From The Duke Rape Case
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Editorial / Duke Chronicle:
The Academic, Athletic Non-Divide --
It's taken its time, but Duke now seems to have answered the question everyone's batted around since the lacrosse case first broke in Spring 2006: Should the University continue to strive to be tops in both academics and athletics?

From the looks of it, Duke is committed to keep its distinctive identity and maintain the current trajectory-a decision for which it deserves praise.

The sentiment was subtly expressed in a draft of a new mission statement for Duke Athletics released by President Richard Brodhead late last week.

Unlike the current mission statement, Brodhead's draft places a greater emphasis on the ability of athletics to build community and the importance of the creation of athletic and recreational opportunities for the greater good of all Duke students.

But in order to understand the changes made by Brodhead, it is important to understand the context of the new draft.

Obviously, the lacrosse scandal sparked serious concerns about the role of a Division I sports program at a top-tier university. And in the wake of last spring's Campus Culture Initiative report, it was clear that the issue of athletics at Duke needed to be addressed. [...]
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KC Johnson [live blogging Court of Public Opinion Conf.] :
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Michael Weiner letter / Duke Chronicle:
State of Judicial Affairs is Outrageous --
While catching up with on-campus news, I just read a couple of Elliott Wolf's recent columns and was absolutely outraged by the current state of the Office of Judicial Affairs.

This code is a disgrace, and an affront not only to students but to their parents and all alumni. Is it not enough that the current president in Washington and his cronies trample on our Constitutional rights? Now we see (again) that Duke's administration cares not at all about students' rights, but is ready to side with a Durham Police Department that has repeatedly proven to be not merely untrustworthy but outright corrupt.

I encourage all undergrads, "guilty" or not of any behavior that the administration might not like, to stand up for their Constitutional rights and their rights as members of the community. Write to Dean Sue, Dean Bryan, President Brodhead, Vice President Moneta and anyone else who might conceivably listen. And if that doesn't work, begin protests outside the Allen Building.

While freedom from prison may not be at stake, your access to a Duke education (and any diminishment of that which disciplinary action implies) is, and these tactics are, truly, a "social disaster."

Michael Weiner
Trinity '91
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Forum topic(s) of note:

This interview is 5 months old, but it's a good one that was missed here.

CBS News / YouTube.com:
Eye To Eye: The Seligmanns On The Duke Case (CBS News)


discussion:
LisStoppers forum: The Seligmans Speak Out, First interview
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They do not get it in Durham, NC. You have to wonder about a state that celebrates the hanging of prisoners and honors those who do the hanging.

Letter to Herald-Sun:
No lacrosse settlement

I am disappointed, but not surprised, at the families of the lacrosse players and their lawyers. My surprise is not at their right to file a lawsuit, but their rationale. Whatever these poor little young men could have felt by being accused of a crime that didn't pan out to be true surely could not be worth $30 million. What a mockery of justice if these individuals and their attorneys are granted resources from people who did nothing to them but will be sure to be angry at them for the pain this lawsuit will cause.

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21). If they think we will remember them as innocent, what do they think we will remember them as after this lawsuit?

I ask every justice-conscious person to rise up against this possible settlement. Our community doesn't need this. I don't believe these proclaimed innocent boys, as so described by a want-to-be governor, a going-out-the-door governor and a Duke-influenced State Bar, should receive financial compensation.

The players need an apology from the person who made the initial charge and one from the university, which already has given them a few dollars to help them on their way.

A word of warning to players and lawyers: If you don't drop this settlement request, your names will never cease to be remembered, and you will continue to mask the image of Duke as a school for the privileged and a "plantation" where the rich get richer.

FREDRICK A. DAVIS
Durham
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Michael Gaynor:
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John in Carolina:
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WRAL:
Duke 'in Discussions' With Unindicted Lacrosse Players -- Duke University said Wednesday it hopes to reach a fair resolution with unindicted members of its 2006 men's lacrosse team who are reportedly considering filing a lawsuit. [...]

Duke has already settled with at least five parties. In June, Duke settled with all three men, but the terms were never disclosed.

The university also reached a financial settlement with former lacrosse coach Mike Pressler, who was forced to resign shortly after the rape allegations surfaced. Terms of that agreement were not disclosed either.

And in May, it settled a suit filed by one of the undindicted players who claimed he received a failing grade in a class because he was a member of the lacrosse team.
discussion:
KC Johnson: Post; Settlement Talks?
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