OK, whose brilliant idea was it to take the prosecution of sexual assault cases out of the hands of specially trained judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, and put it into the hands of one of the most un-qualified groups for the job—the typically inbred, elitist, mostly left-wing, non-lawyerly cadre of college professors and administrators?
Sadly, the genius that thought up that destructive plan was our eminent national legal scholar and Constitutional expert, Barack Obama. He heard and believed the false statistic that the rape rate on US campuses is three times as high as anywhere outside of university campuses, one in five women on campus are claimed to be raped … and if you believe that statistic, you definitely need to become more skeptical. Plain old common sense will tell you that here are plenty of places in the US with higher rape rates than our universities, or nobody would ever send their daughters there.
Anyway, because he bought into the fake “one in five” claim, Obama made the situation much worse. He ordered US colleges and universities to get into the “justice” business, with “justice” definitely in quotes.
Well, it wasn’t really an order, it was actually just a “suggestion” made under the claimed aegis of Title IX … but when Big Daddy US Government Warbucks who funds part of your college “suggests” something, it is an order.
(In passing, let me say that this kind of heavy hand from Washington is one of the reasons Trump was elected.)
As a result of this ham-fisted liberal lunacy, every institute of higher education in the US, from podunk city colleges to prestigious Ivy League universities, has been forced to institute a kangaroo court to “try” young men for crimes both real and imagined. Every one of these individual kangaroo courts have different laws, regulations, and statues. Often the prosecutor of the man and the defense attorney for the woman are the same person. Often there is a fiduciary or authority relationship (employer, boss, subordinate, etc) between judge, prosecutor, and defense. Often the young man is not allowed to confront his accuser. Imagine the worst kind of “Star Chamber” court … it’s worse than that.
As a result we have an entire parallel “justice” system of a thousand different “courts”, operating under totally different rules, in parallel but rarely intersecting with the professionals who actually do dispense justice.
How dumb is that? Could we design a more destructive system? Laura Berman describes a typical tragedy, one of hundreds and counting:
The facts are largely undisputed: Two college students on summer break – he’s a sophomore; she, a freshman – make a date. It’s Memorial Day weekend, 2014, and their intentions are explicit. They meet and have sex – consensual, enthusiastic – when a passerby interrupts them.
A few hours later, still together, the male student attempts to resume the sexual encounter. He reaches under her shirt to touch her breast. He stops immediately when she asks him to. They agree about these facts.
Yet this “one-time, non-consensual touching,” as university documents summarize it, is the crux of a startling Michigan State University sexual misconduct case. It has generated a thick stack of legal documents, months of MSU administrator time, and tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills since the female student, known here as Melanie, formally complained on Sept. 25, 2015 – almost 16 months after the incident.
More importantly, though, the case – which has traveled through an internal appeals process, exhausting the now-22-year-old man’s hope for reversal of sanctions at the university level – challenges what some might see as common-sense assumptions about sex and dating behavior. MSU’s findings draw sharply etched lines into the blurry world of dating intimacy and reveal the power of university administrators to mark a student as a sexual offender – for touching a lover’s breast after sex, miles from campus, without any accusations of violence, intimidation or stalking behavior.
Deborah Gordon, the Bloomfield Hills lawyer representing the man, says she intends to file a federal lawsuit against the university. She calls the case “beyond ridiculous.”
Has anyone ever heard of anything good coming out of one of these dangerous kangaroo courts? Every time I hear about them, some poor guy is getting shafted. And often, as in this case, it is “beyond ridiculous”.
Now, this one should be simple to fix. All Trump needs to do is to withdraw Obama’s sick order, the one that has already blighted the lives of far too many young men. Look, this issue is bozo simple. We all already know what a college or university administrator should do if they hear about a sexual crime that was committed on campus.
CALL THE FREAKIN’ POLICE IMMEDIATELY, DUH!
How hard can it be? Why is this even a question? Over the last 250 years we’ve developed an excellent, albeit somewhat clumsy, judicial system staffed by highly trained professionals whose job is to HANDLE SEXUAL CRIMES! Why on earth would we take that awesome responsibility out of their hands and give it to some bunch of amateurs?
And in particular, why give it to this particular group of amateurs? People’s sons are being tried, judged and sentenced, perhaps tagged for a lifetime as sexual predators, by a combined prosecutor/judge/jury panel often composed of something like a caponized guy who studies the plot arc of heroes in 17th century Celtic poetry, a frustrated novelist with only one name, a Women’s Studies professor whose analyses mostly complain about the lack of positive feminine symbology and role models in James Joyce, and a professionally happy Dance Studies instructor with lots of young female students that he is said to be very close to …
Look, I’m not blaming them, but dear heavens, BRING BACK THE PROFESSIONALS. The university folk had to do it, because our legal scholar and thankfully Ex-President dumped it on them and they are doing their best … but their best is nowhere near good enough.
We need to get these kangaroo courts off campus, soon, and completely. It’s simple.
We don’t expect the High Court to provide secondary education … and we should not expect Universities to provide justice.
End campus sex crime courts now …
Best wishes for each of you, another inch and a half of rain, life is good …
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