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Friday, October 5, 2007

Duke Case — Nap Time is Over in Durham

Will the alumni wake up?

Jason Trumpbour / Friends of Duke University:
Too Little Too Late -- Duke needs and deserves strong leadership. In making his apology, we find President Brodhead doing precisely what he has been doing all along: embracing and conforming to whatever the prevailing understanding is regardless of its validity. It is gratifying that people finally understand what was actually going on. However, nothing has changed at Duke.

Throughout this entire ordeal, we have criticized the administration, but, unlike a number of other critics, we did not call for President Brodhead to be removed. Instead, we tried to support him and give him the courage he needed to be a leader and to do the right thing.

President Brodhead is now undergoing a performance review to determine whether his contract should be renewed. Information on how to participate is here. I know what we will be recommending.

In criticizing President Brodhead, it should be kept in mind that he alone is not responsible for the University’s official policies and conduct. Indeed, those above him and below him bear greater culpability and their status needs to be addressed as well. Robert Steel, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees bears the greater responsibility for Duke’s official policies regarding the lacrosse case. Getting rid of him is a bigger priority for me than getting rid of Brodhead. [...]

discussion:
LieStoppers forum: FODU, Brodhead and Steel
John in Carolina: Duke’s Friends Speak
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Michael Gaynor:
Duke case: Impeach President Brodhead! -- For Duke to move on, Mr. Brodhead must be gone.

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Prof. Ole HolstiOkay, who woke up Prof. Ole 'Van Winkle' from his little nap?

Letter by Prof. Ole Holsti /Professor Emeritus/ Duke Chronicle:
More apologies necessary in lacrosse case --
President Richard Brodhead was very gracious, as always, in his apology for Duke's handling of the lacrosse case. Indeed, he went far beyond what was necessary.

When will we get an apology from members of the lacrosse team for their irresponsible behavior, including hiring a stripper, that initiated the sad affair?

When will we get an apology from the parents of the lacrosse players for not raising their sons to understand that hiring strippers constitutes wholly unacceptable behavior?

Ole Holsti
Professor Emeritus
Political Science
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Mike Munger / Chair - Dept of Poli. Science Duke Univ. / Kids Prefer Cheese blog:
Apologies About Duke Lacrosse -- A letter was posted in today's Chronicle, from a friend of mine, and a man for whom I have great respect...

I felt I had to respond. This letter will appear in tomorrow's Chronicle:
To the Editor:

I write to disagree with the view of my good friend and colleague, Dr. Ole Holsti, that the lacrosse players should now apologize.

Dr. Holsti criticizes "the parents of the lacrosse players." The "lacrosse players" are not a homogeneous group; they are not equally blameworthy for the party. Some attended, some left in disgust, and some were never there. [...]

I am not so sure that President Brodhead's apology went "beyond what was necessary," as Dr. Holsti claimed. I do know that a lot of time passed between the events and the administration apology. [...]

Mike Munger
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KC Johnson
Holsti Letter, Munger Response -- I e-mailed Prof. Holsti to ask if he was aware that the captains had apologized on no less than five occasions for the party. He responded, en toto, "Many thanks for your interest." [...]
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KC Johnson:
Apologies -- A reader asked me to list the apologies by the lacrosse players, in light of the disturbing Holsti letter:

1) March 24, 2006 . . . 2) March 28, 2006 . . . 3) March 28, 2006 . . . 4) May 3, 2006 . . . 5) October 15, 2006 . . .

Despite the claims of Prof. Holsti, it would be hard to imagine a spring break party whose organizers have apologized more often.
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Joan Foster / LieStoppers blog:
Who's Sorry Now? --
Brodhead says he's sorry
When put to the test
His instincts were pathetic
And he bungled the rest. [...]

While Holsti is sorry
The team mothers gave birth
And I am just sorry
Duke hires these jerks.
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Will the City of Durham wake up?

WRAL:
Durham Could Decide to Settle Pending Lacrosse Lawsuit -- Durham City Council members met in a closed-door meeting Thursday to possibly discuss a potential federal civil rights lawsuit from three former Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape and sexual assault.

Council members left Last month, civil attorneys for David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann met with the city's attorney and gave the city until early October to respond to a reported proposed $30 million settlement.

The players maintain their civil rights were violated in the yearlong investigation, in which they were indicted, then later declared innocent, of allegations that they raped, sexually assaulted and beat an exotic dancer at a party.

Council members must decide whether to agree to the settlement, which also includes reforms to the legal process, to negotiate a settlement or fight a possible lawsuit. [...]
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KC Johnson
Connect the Dots -- The Durham City Council is scheduled to meet today to consider the proposed civil suit settlement--reportedly $30 million, plus adoption of a host of procedural reforms to ensure the sort of abuses that occurred in the lacrosse case never recur in Durham. As they do so, they might reflect on what exactly transpired between Mike Nifong and Durham employees [...]
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Will Durham PD wake up?

John in Carolina:
DPD March 29, 2006 Press Release -- If you’re familiar with the case, you’ll note the [Durham PD] release contains a number of either unsubstantiated or false statements. For instance, it’s never been substantiated the “female” was “robbed” and she didn’t flee “from the house.” With those cautions in mind, here’s the DPD press release [...]

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Will Starn wake up?

John in Carolina:
Starn's Distortion & Duke's Standards -- Last year I posted concerning Duke Professor Orin Starn's misrepresentation of a statement by Coach Mike Krzyzewski. I called the misrepresentation to Starn's attention. He denied it was a misrepresentation. [...]
discussion:
KC Johnson: JinC on Starn -- I agree, and second JinC's call for an apology by Starn, with a request for retraction.
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Will the Duke administration wake up?

Editorial / Duke Chronice:
Students need rights, not education -- Just a few days ago, President Richard Brodhead apologized for what he called a "failure to reach out" during the turbulent days of the lacrosse case. His apology for a rush to judgment by the administration was applauded, and rightly so.

But Brodhead's caution against reckless certainty and hasty judgment apparently did not resonate throughout the entire campus. The Office of Judicial Affairs' elimination of key procedural rights for students between 1999 and 2007 reveals a disturbing disregard for due process and a flawed interpretation of the purpose of adjudication.
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Will the Academy wake up?

David Rademeyer / Duke Chronice:
Paper ethics -- Duke talks a lot about integrity, about how an education here should not give you just facts and skills but also ethical principles to guide you through life.

Some of this is done in a rather heavy-handed, self-conscious way. This is why Trinity students are required to take at least two courses involving Ethical Inquiry, which prove that in only two and a half easy hours a week, you too can have great moral fiber!
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It's show time

Michael Flemming / Variety.com:
HBO grabs 'Duke Rape Case' book -- Cabler acquires rights to lacrosse story -- HBO has acquired rights to Stuart Taylor Jr. and K.C. Johnson's book "Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case."

Book, about the prosecution of three Duke U. lacrosse players for the alleged gang rape of a stripper at a team party on campus, was just published by the St. Martin's Press imprint Thomas Dunne Books.

Paybox will develop a movie exploring the dynamics of racism and class issues that made the case a national story. [...]

Josh Maurer, whose HBO credits include "The Pentagon Papers" and "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," will exec produce with Alixandre Witlin. [...]
discussion:
Ralph E. Luker / hnn.us / Cliopatria blog:
KC in Lights
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