Balanced and truthful investigations serve as the linchpin of our criminal justice system. But in the name of “Start by Believing,” that principle has come under assault threatening the integrity of judicial determinations and making wrongful convictions far more likely. Since 2008 the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded 19 grants totaling millions of dollars to a group called “End Violence Against Women International” (EVAWI). In 2011 EVAWI launched a campaign dubbed Start by Believing, ambitiously describing its goal as a “global campaign transforming the way we respond to sexual assault.” Despite the potential danger for confirmation bias and wrongful convictions, the slanted Start by Believing ideology is currently being disseminated to law enforcement and other professionals throughout the country.
dailycaller.com By Christopher Perry
Monthly Archives: February 2018
Jury selection for the trial of expelled Senior Yale student Saifullah Khan is beginning. However, the defense filed a motion requesting a hearing to discuss whether the Yale Police Department handled its investigation and arrest of Khan in November 2015 in a fair manner. The motion accuses the YPD of unethically coordinating with the Yale administration to build a case against Khan, acting on cultural bias against Muslims, and undermining the fairness of the trial through a string of errors and omissions of evidence.
yaledailynews.com By O’Daly & Park
A federal judge recommended that James Madison University pay $849,231 in legal fees to John Doe’s attorneys. Doe sued the university in 2015 over it’s disciplinary ruling against him. Doe’s attorneys were seeking $1 million and JMU argued for $350,000. Magistrate Judge Joel Hoppe issued the recommendation in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg. Judge Elizabeth Dillon will make the final ruling… Dillon ruled early in the case that JMU violated Doe’s rights but there was a dispute over what to do about it.
dnronline.com By Pete DeLea
A junior at Yale University is suing his school after a Title IX investigation found him guilty of false allegations of “groping” and “creating a hostile academic environment.” He is the fourth male student to file suit against Yale alleging gender discrimination since 2011. The lawsuit contends that the student was accused by two longtime female friends who colluded to allege that he groped them, citing that the two complaints were filed “only minutes apart” in September 2017, both alleging misconduct in 2016. The student’s lawyer Andrew Miltenberg, argues that because the affair was rife with “gender bias,” the school “failed to conduct thorough and impartial investigation.”
campusreform.org Toni Airaksinen
An accused male student, John Doe, is suing UT ahead of his TitleIX sex hearing. The lawsuit states Doe will not be treated justly in the Feb. 7 hearing because UT amended the Title IX case report three different times after receiving notice of an impending lawsuit. The report was allegedly amended by replacing the word “incapacitation” with “intoxication”…“If UT can’t get their story straight on what the definition of incapacitation is after months of contemplation and a recent Federal Court suit and public admonitions on the same topic from (a) Federal Judge, how in the world are a couple of hormone filled college students supposed to do it after a night of drinking?” the lawsuit said.
dailytexanonline.com By Chase Karacostas
IF ONLY We Listened to Christiana Hoff Sommers in 2015: The Media Is Making College Rape Culture Worse
The frenzy over college sexual assault now sweeping the nation was triggered by a specific event. It all began in 2010. That year, reporters at NPR teamed up with Center for Public Integrity (CPI) to produce and promote an “investigative reporting series” entitled “Sexual Assault on Campus: A Frustrating Search for Justice.” The report was a jumble of highly selective reporting and dubious statistics, as we shall see. But the reporters spread the news far and wide and no one thought to question their accuracy. The NPR/CPI team not only exaggerated the number of victims, it promoted the idea that any male undergraduate implicated in a campus sexual assault is likely to be an incorrigible repeat offender… Our detour into madness might never have happened had those investigative journalists at NPR and CPI resisted their “nightmare” narrative and just reported the truth.
thedailybeast.com By Christian Hoff Sommers
A pre-med student at Penn State claims the university has policies in place that discriminate against men on campus, and promote false reports of sexual misconduct. The male immigrant student ‘John Doe’ slapped the school with a lawsuit, accusing it of “systematic gender bias and discrimination. Doe’s suit accuses Penn State of demonstrating “a pattern of inherent and systematic gender bias and discrimination against male students accused of misconduct.” (In 2016, Doe was found guilty of sexual misconduct- regardless of the evidence supporting his innocence- his suit says.) The young man ultimately believes he’s a “victim of unlawful, targeted, biased, arbitrary and capricious disciplinary actions at the hands of Penn State administrators.”
nypost.com By Chris Perez