The White House Sexual Assault Report: The Words “Due Process” Never Appear

 

Three months after its creation, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault issued its first report (PDF) this past Monday night. Titled “Not Alone,” and accompanied by a new website, NotAlone.gov, the report announces new recommended practices for colleges and universities nationwide. Unfortunately, the Task Force fails to answer—or even address—my organization’s, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)’s, grave and continuing concerns about campus civil liberties and the reliability, impartiality, and fundamental fairness of campus judicial proceedings for students accused of sexual harassment and assault.

Here is an excerpt from my official statement released yesterday:

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“Robbins accused BLM employees of trying to force him to renew an easement to the point of almost putting him out of business. When Robbins refused to do so, according to his lawyer, Karen Budd Falen, BLM employees broke into his house and demanded to be allowed on to his property without a court order, […]

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Through one of my acquaintances, I got invited to a Satsang.   I had been to satsangs growing up in India.  It’s good fun, a lot of Socratic discourse on just about anything.  I had not been to ne in over 25 years, so I decided to go check it out. Satsangs don’t really have […]

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How to Get Rid of an NBA Owner

 

“I want to make it clear that I’m not going to punish [Rodman] for what he does off the court.  I’m going to let the media crucify him for that… This is still America, and my jurisdiction is still the basketball court.”  — David Stern, 1997

In case you missed the meat of what the NBA decided to do to Donald Sterling yesterday, this is Commissioner Adam Silver from the transcript:

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Today I stumbled on a story that has escaped the attention of our esteemed MSM.  Two weeks ago, 234  Nigerian female students were sitting an exam when armed militants invaded the building and forced the girls, between the ages of 15 and 18, to board trucks that took them into the nearby forest.  They have […]

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The Libertarian Podcast: Cell Phones, Privacy, and the Fourth Amendment

 

On this week’s installment of The Libertarian podcast for the Hoover Institution, Richard leads us through a conversation about the two cases heard by the Supreme Court yesterday on whether police can search a cell phone without a warrant in the course of an arrest. Just how far should the Fourth Amendment’s protections extend? What’s the right balance between law enforcement’s interest in providing security and the individual right to privacy? Professor Epstein is characteristically insightful in answering these and other questions.

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What Small Thing Changed Your Life?

 

I discussed this at the Ricochet Meetup in Charlotte (I think): Was there one seemingly small thing you did in the past that defined the path your life took?  For me, it was mailing a post card.

I was a third semester senior at North Carolina State, on the road to graduate in December (which I did).  I had already applied for graduate school at NC State and the University of Virginia, but hadn’t heard from them yet.  I was sitting on the floor outside a classroom, waiting for class to start, when I glanced up at the bulletin board across the hall. Among all the “looking for a roommate” and “need a ride to-” ads, there was a Navy recruiting poster.  It showed a guy in uniform that kinda-sorta looked like me (though my hair was much longer). He was in a submarine looking through the periscope. The poster touted the benefits of joining the Navy Nuclear Power Program, among other things. 

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Tomorrow morning I’m flying to sunny California where everyone wears flip flops and very little clothing.  I’m staying for 6 days.  So why have I packed a 40 lb. suitcase with a 20 lb. carry-on? I know, I know,  what I should do is throw a pair of shorts and a t-shirt into a bag […]

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I have always been a conservative, except for that 30 second dance with socialism in college. I was blessed with conservative parents, as well as aunts and uncles who were also on the right. Over the years I’ve found it to be a great gift to have conservative eyes that look with suspicion on political […]

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If you are unfamiliar with Marie Stroughter of African-American Conservatives, tonight she’s interviewing Cal Thomas and Clay Risen, available here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aacons/2014/04/30/interview-with-cal-thomas-and-clay-risen?AID=CJSource&utm_source=CJ&PID=6154686 And it is well worth listening to. Preview Open

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Not being a basketball fan, I have never heard of Donald Sterling before, but from what I have seen, he seems to be a slimeball. Having said that, he is a private citizen and what he has been recorded as saying, he said entirely in private concerning a private matter between him and his girlfriend. […]

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As adults we haven’t completely done away with the idea of cooties. We still apply to money, for instance. If there’s a PR manual for crisis management then I’m sure it would instruct you to do what the NAACP did. They decided to rescind their offer of a second lifetime achievement award to Donald Sterling. […]

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Tarnished Sterling — EJHill

 

The NBA acted faster than any league in history in banishing one of their own.

It took the better part of six years from the time that Major League Baseball began investigating the controversial utterings of Marge Schott until they finally succeeded in ousting her from the game. It took six months to ban her manager, Pete Rose, for gambling. The Black Sox Scandal, the case that created the modern sports commissioner, dragged on for two years.

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The search function in Ricochet still isn’t working completely right, but it’s much better.  Only a small proportion of the found links now give me a page that says 504 Gateway Error.  At least I think it was 504.  I’d like to suggest that once the basic functionality is restored, there are a few enhancements […]

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The recent world tour taken by President Barack Obama has been characterized as a reassurance tour for regional allies in Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.  Obama, in the aftermath of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s takeover of Crimea from Ukraine, had to undertake the task of assuring European allies that Putin will be […]

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