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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Duke Case — Blowback

Today's items- updated:

William L. Anderson - teaches economics at Frostburg State UniversityWilliam L. Anderson / LewRockwelll.com:
Why There Will Be No Criminal Investigation in the Duke Case -- Attorneys for the players, and bloggers and journalists covering the case already have exposed a number of crimes and outright lies committed by police and prosecutors. For those few who still might have doubts about the open and unabashed lawbreaking that occurred, the civil suit that the three families have filed against Durham and Nifong is an eye-opener. In short, if ever there were a dishonest and malicious prosecution, this is it.

Yet, despite the fact that much criminal behavior already has been exposed, and the lawsuit is likely to expose even more of the same, the criminal authorities are not interested. The reason is not that authorities would have a difficult case; indeed, all that has been uncovered in official venues, from the investigation by North Carolina Attorney General Cooper and the North Carolina Bar, not to mention Judge W. Osmond Smith III’s recent criminal contempt hearing in which Nifong was sentenced to a day in jail, is enough to establish a massive criminal conspiracy.

The reason is simple: the politics of race. Seligmann, Finnerty, and Evans are white, and their accuser, Crystal Gail Mangum, is black. The NAACP and other black organizations had staked all of their credibility to the charges being true, and desperately tried to keep the case alive, even when it was exposed as a lie. Furthermore, the rape crisis organizations and feminist groups also refused to let go of the lies that propelled this case in the first place. [...]

LieStoppers blog:
Professor Anderson tells it like it is
Michael GaynorMichael Gaynor / WebCommentary.com:
Duke Case: Did Duke Already Pay $10,000,000+? -- I think Mr. Taylor's "opinion" that Duke confidentially settled with the Duke Three for $10,000,000 is correct and that's not a nuisance settlement. Hopefully, it will lead those who learn about it to demand that dirty Duke come clean about its role in the Duke case and stop using Duke money to protect its political correctness extremists by buying releases for them. Chairman Robert Steel and President Richard Brodhead have to go. Trustees of Duke, make it so. [...]

On October 18, 2007, Mr. Taylor, Class of 1970 and co-author of Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, returned to Princeton to deliver an evening lecture titled "Until Proven Innocent: An Examination of the Duke Lacrosse Case" as part of the Jake McCandless '51 Princeton Varsity Club Speaker Series.

The large lecture hall was pretty full. Princeton's women's lacrosse team was well represented. Some parents of unindicted Duke lacrosse players were in the audience. No supporters of the Hoax and the Hoaxers came.

Mr. Taylor told the story in detail, but of course not in as much detail as he and co-author KC Johnson did in their powerful, politically incorrect book. (So buy a copy if you have not already done so and read it!)

What was new was that Mr. Taylor expressed the opinion that Duke had paid $10,000,000 in settling confidentially with the families of the Duke Three--David Evans, Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty.

That's the same Stuart Taylor who was the first prominent member of the mainstream media to get it right when hewrote very early that "the available evidence leaves [him] about 85 percent confident that the three members who have been indicted on rape charges are innocent and that the accusation is a lie." [...]
Duke Students for Ethical Duke:
November 2nd
Stuart Taylor is speaking at Duke
Location, Time, TBA
Forum topics of note
Gottlieb witness tampering, Kim Pittman

David Copperfield, Did he really rape someone -- This rape supposedly happened in the Bahama's in July. Now she goes to the Seattle WA police and reports this. This is one of the worst he said, she said rapes I have ever seen. I can understand she didn't want to report it in the Bahama's, but why did she wait so long to report it here? I certainly hope this isn't another Crystal Mangum accusation. [...]
Prof. KC JohnsonKC Johnson:
Reflections on the Piot Principles -- A few updates on this post: (1) Piot, who also chairs the AAAS Department, continues to suppress the videotape of the February “Shut Up and Teach” forum upon which his article was based.

(2) The Transforming Anthropology editors appear to be distancing themselves from the article, admitting to one DIW reader that it was not peer-reviewed before publication. Even so, there would seem to be no justification for the editors not ensuring that the article was factually accurate.

(3) Piot has declined to respond to repeated requests as to why he did not reveal that one professor his article defended was, in fact, his partner, Anne Allison. Most people would doubt the objectivity of a figure who, in covertly defending his partner, appeared to allow his emotions to get the best of him: “[Using] a rhetorical strategy characteristic not only of right-wing media in this country (from Limbaugh to O'Reilly) but also of totalitarian thought and authoritarian regimes the world over . . . Johnson's . . . characterizations are not only consistently wide of the mark but deploy surveillance tactics that the right-wing Horowitz machine has canonized and that recall nothing so much as the campus witch hunts of the McCarthy era. ” [...]

I would like to add that making a claim in one's CV that one has a refereed publication when, in fact, it is NOT refereed, is an act of academic fraud. That is something that one does not do under any circumstances.

I'll add one other thing. I have been surprised at the extreme lax standards for academic publications that seems to exist at Duke, or at least for some departments. I doubt that departments like economics (of course), math, chemistry, and the like operate with the low standards that I have seen from the "Angry Studies." [...]
John in Carolina:
Piot, McCarthy, Starn & Nixon --
Dear Professor Piot:

This email is in two parts: the first is a copy of an email I previously sent you to which you’ve not responded; the second demonstrates why it’s necessary you release the videotape of your Feb. 12 ad hominem delivered at a public forum on Duke’s West Campus and targeting Brooklyn College Professor Robert KC Johnson. [...]
Michael Gaynor / RenewAmerica.us:
Duke case: If Joan Foster's finished, LieStoppers's diminished -- Brilliant, beautiful "Joan" IS the best. Not because she is brilliant, or beautiful, or both. Because she is genuinely GOOD. [...]
LieStoppers forum: Joan Foster, Last Writes -- Today I received a pm from Joan Foster. She has left Liestoppers.

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