Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Student Wrongly Accused of Rape Finally Gets The Wheels Of Justice Rolling

I've written before about the Department of Education's new mandate that schools use a simple "preponderance of evidence" standard, instead of a "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard, when determining whether or not students accused of sexual crimes are found guilty. Even before that mandate, though, the field wasn't always level for men, and hopefully the blowback will be severe:
A federal judge has ordered Brown University to turn over fund-raising and donation documents sought by lawyers in a case involving a former student who says he was falsely accused of rape and pressured to leave the university.

Judge John J. McConnell Jr. of the U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., ordered Brown last week to release the documents.

The former student, William McCormick III, was suspended in 2006 following "sexual misconduct" charges and later agreed to leave Brown permanently, but he says in a lawsuit that he did so under duress. In 2009, he sued Brown, the student who accused him, and her father, a wealthy Brown alumnus and donor, arguing that his accuser's father had used his sway at the university to influence how administrators handled the allegations.
Tar and feathers would be one way to resolve such travesties.

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