Guilty No Matter What

That is our new legal principle, at least at the University of North Dakota:

In a stark demonstration of the failure of campus judicial procedures, the University of North Dakota (UND) has found a student guilty of sexual assault despite the fact that local police refused to charge him with a crime and instead charged his accuser for lying about the incident. Former student Caleb Warner has been banned by UND from stepping foot on any state public campus for three years. Meanwhile, his accuser has been wanted by the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department for more than a year on the charge of making a false report to law enforcement…

It seems that Uncle Sam – carrying out the liberal mandate – has decided that all colleges receiving federal funds must use a “preponderance of evidence” rather than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard for judging such cases.  In this case it does seem that an accusation is “preponderance of evidence” because if there was something beyond the accuser’s statement it is highly unlike that the regular law enforcement agencies would have charged the accuser with lying, even if they lacked sufficient evidence to convict the accused.  Beyond the outrage of what amounts to a kangaroo court convicting the accused there lies the double outrage in the college’s refusal to reopen the case in light of the charge of lying leveled against the accuser.

In the end, this is the result of all that liberal nonsense about political correctness, “hate crimes” and “zero tolerance”.  In their zeal to enforce liberal ideas, the very concepts of truth and justice have been jettisoned.  It will take extreme legal and political pressure to get the college to reverse course…and even if they are in this case, you can bet your bottom dollar that they’ll still go forward trying to enforce the liberal view.

How to fix this?  Simple:  prohibit the federal government from setting rules in colleges.  Go ahead and spend federal money if you like, but don’t go dictating how it is to be spent.  In other words, if money is to be spent it had better just be in the form of bloc grants (best calculated on a per-student basis) which is then dispensed to the colleges to use as they wish…scholarships, new facilities, slush funds for the faculty, what have you.  Better to have the money mis-allocated by some schools than to have all schools come under the thumb of liberal fascism.   Most places would use it properly and those which did would swiftly earn the better reputation and thus draw in more students…and thus more funding.  But get Uncle Sam out of it…all he can do is screw it up, as we see here in this case.

8 thoughts on “Guilty No Matter What

  1. Zorro July 16, 2011 / 2:44 am

    …and the war against the male of the species goes on.

  2. GreenMountainBoy July 16, 2011 / 4:41 am

    When did UND resurrect roland freisler? This is the kind of thing you would expect from the nazis.

    • Zorro July 16, 2011 / 4:55 am

      @ Green Mountain Boy: Are you from Vermont??

      If so, greetings from the Granite Capital of the World!

      • GreenMountainBoy July 16, 2011 / 5:28 am

        My ancestors were from Vermont. Then Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Finally ended up in the Peoples Republic of Illinios. I am a very, very,very, distant relative of the original Green Mountain Boy. Something that only about fifeteen thousand other people can claim. 🙂

    • Zorro July 16, 2011 / 6:04 am

      You mean Ethan or his drunk brother, Ira?

      • GreenMountainBoy July 16, 2011 / 6:19 am

        Ethan, I do belive, correct me if I am wrong, that Ethan was the founder of the Regiment. I do not know much about Ira’s history, other than a lot people wanted to hang him.

  3. neocon1 July 16, 2011 / 9:52 am

    “Guilty No Matter What”

    that kind of SHIITE gets people shot!

  4. Amazona July 16, 2011 / 7:35 pm

    But the attitude is that some people/institutions just can’t be trusted to make the “right decisions” so the Ruling Elite has to make them for them.

    Look at the concern that if the DOE is abolished, states will be able to run their own educational systems. “But what if one state provides a better education than another?” they bleat.


    Aside from the fact that right now, with all the federal intervention and meddling, some states DO provide better educations than others, if this is a problem then it comes down to the personal responsibility of the citizens.

    Eeuuwww—what a scary thought! Letting people make their own decisions! But if you live in a state with a poorer educational system it is up to you to elect better people to improve the system, or move.

    But not according to the Left. According to them, it is the job of the federal government to step in and ‘fix’ things. Just as it is the job of the federal government to make stupid laws like the one mentioned in the thread. Who the hell do these schools think they are, thinking they can make their own decisions? What we need is a massive federal bureaucracy butting in and applying social engineering experiments.

    yeah, like THAT’S worked out so well in the past…..

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