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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Duke Case — October 17, 2007

Today's items - updated:

Michael Gaynor / WebCommentary.com:
Duke Case: Barry Saunders Defending Duke -- It takes both sides to make a confidential settlement, of course. I abhor confidential settlements in cases in which society has an important interest in the truth becoming known I'm delighted that Coach Pressler is trying to rescind the one into which he entered and wish him a full and fair opportunity to bring forth the truth Duke wants to keep suppressed and to recover for the harm done to him.

Previously Barry Saunders, a staff writer for Durham's News & Observer, wrote an absurd (and anti-Catholic) piece suggesting the Duke Three be happy to take a fish sandwich, a YooHoo and a bus ticket out of town in compensation for what was done to them. (Many of the members of the Duke men's lacrosse team are Catholics, including all three who were wrongly indicted, so Barry's fish sandwich crack strikes me as his equivalent of the foolish "fine cotton shirt" remark made by one lacrosser after the unpleasantness began at that unfortunate spring break party.) [...]


Duke University Green ZoneOliver Sherouse / Duke Chronicle:
Frontline Durham -- Imagine, if you will, life in a place where law and order have broken down. Muggings are common, unsurprising, even expected. People have to travel in groups just to feel safe, even to go just a few blocks. And a vicious murder is carried out in the early evening at a public shopping area, in plain sight.

Am I describing war-torn Baghdad? The slums of New York or Los Angeles?

If only. To see the situation I just described, one needs look no farther then Duke's own neighborhood.

It might seem like I'm exaggerating, but think about it. Students are regularly robbed on the two blocks from East Campus to Ninth Street. Students need to find themselves a pack just to go out. I can't walk from my Central Campus apartment to East for fear of what may be lurking in the trees, and I've gotten so many crime-related e-mails from Larry Moneta that I don't even read them anymore. [...]
comment: It's not just the muggers that Duke students need to be worried about.

KC Johnson / May 21, 2007 / Durham-in-Wonderland:
Upholding "Separate-but-Equal" Justice -- On September 12, Captain Ed Sarvis of the Durham Police Department admitted that the Durham Police had an official policy of meting out disproportionate punishment Duke students, as a class, for alcohol- and noise-related offenses. When confronted with police records showing that Sgt. Mark Gottlieb had arrested 10 times as many Duke students as the other three District Two supervisors combined, Sarvis replied that the sergeant “was doing his job, and doing what I asked him to do.” The implication? The sergeants who didn’t handcuff and arrest Duke students (and only Duke students) for minor alcohol-related offenses weren’t doing their job.

Duke responded to Sarvis’ revelation without public protest. In her final column of the year, Kristin Butler noted that while Mike Nifong had, to date, not been held accountable for his actions,
Neither have the Durham police officers accused of disproportionately targeting Duke students for arrest and citations. This abuse, which was documented by The Chronicle in September 2006, extended well beyond the lacrosse players; rather, dozens of students were reportedly endangered, and the tales of police violence and inappropriate behavior point to ongoing, systematic abuse. Startlingly, we have no reason to believe that any Durham official has ever confronted or investigated these allegations, nor does it appear that the University has ever asked the city to do so. [...]
Life in the Red Zone

Ray Gronberg / Herald-Sun:
Mayor, police chief: City still safe -- On the heels of two weekend slayings, Mayor Bill Bell, City Manager Patrick Baker and Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez held a news conference Monday to stress that the incidents were isolated and that the city remains safe.

Speaking in the mayor's office, Lopez said cooperation from witnesses enabled police to quickly identify a suspect in the stabbing death of Keanan James Odom Saturday night at Northgate mall. Suspect Xavier Moore's family helped police persuade him to turn himself in, Lopez said.

Sunday night's Walker Avenue drive-by shooting death of Jeffrey Lee Wells remains under investigation, but Lopez said he's confident investigators will make an arrest "in the near future." [...]
LieStoppers forum:
Mayor Bell, Police Chief insist City is Safe!
Shreya Rao / Duke Chronicle:
Lisker to fill undergrad admin post -- After a one-month search process, Donna Lisker, director of the Women's Center, was named associate dean of undergraduate education Tuesday.

In her new position, Lisker, who has worked in the Women's Center for the past eight years, will work with Dean of Undergraduate Education Steve Nowicki-named to his post in July-in coordinating both the academic and social strains of undergraduate life. [...]
Shreya Rao / Duke Chronicle:
Site spoofs 'Wonderland' blog, lacrosse case -- KC Johnson may have competition in the blogosphere.

"Bull City-in-Wonderland" went live in September with a series of spoof articles mimicking the style and content of "Durham-in-Wonderland," the blog written by Johnson, who gained renown for his coverage of the lacrosse case on the blog and in the recently released book "Until Proven Innocent."

"There were lots of times that it was so ridiculous that you just had to laugh, otherwise it was so infuriating," said Johnson, who is also a history professor at Brooklyn College.

Positing under the name "Mel and Al," the authors of "Bull City-In-Wonderland" replicated the style and type-face of Johnson's site, inserting titles such as "Duke Group of 69 say no apologies needed. [...]
Bull City-in-Wonderlandcomment: Mel & Al must have pulled the plug on Bull City-in-Wonderland overnight? Or else they forgot to not hit that delete button. Because the only evidence today that the blog existed was a single article pulled from Google's cache.

update: Mel & Al now say they've moved here.

John in Carolina:
Profs Refute Coleman-Kasibhatla -- No one’s surprised when Group of 88-types go after Johnson or Taylor.

But who knew some of them were planning to pull the rug out from under Coleman and Kasibhatla? I didn't.

And it’s not even two weeks since their letter was published!

Wouldn’t you think that in appreciation for what Coleman and Kasibhatla tried to do, the faculty ideologues would’ve waited a decent interval – say a semester or two - before offering such strong evidence of just what Johnson, Taylor and many others have been saying? [...]
Related to Wasserman article:
LieStoppers forum:
Legal Merits of the Civil Suit Against Durham, FindLaw Commentary By Prof/ Wasserman

LieStoppers blog:
A Review of the Civil lawsuit in Findlaw

Duke Basketball Report
Lax Case - Tougher Suit Than It Looks

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