Thursday, September 6, 2018

Secretary of Education shuts down Obama's kangaroo courts

A judicial process that doesn’t allow the accused to cross-examine his accuser or reliably see the evidence against him is a civil libertarian’s nightmare. It traduces every principle of fairness and is blatantly un-American.

Yet Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is about to get savaged for replacing just such a process with something more in keeping with our longstanding legal norms.

The Education Department is preparing new rules that would roll back the monstrously unfair Obama-era requirements for how colleges handle sexual-assault and harassment allegations. It will be a significant advance for due process, which is almost as out of style on campus as free speech.

In one of its least defensible actions, the Obama administration used its Office for Civil Rights to impose its preferred procedures for handling sexual-assault cases on all the universities in the country that receive federal funds. It did it via a 19-page “Dear Colleague” letter, in the name of Title IX, the provision in federal law prohibiting sexual discrimination in education.

The process was terrible. It blew right by the Administrative Procedure Act, which requires public notice and comment before such rules go into effect. And the substance was worse. If the letter reads as if it was written by inflamed activists who had no interest in balanced proceedings, that’s because it was.

It required colleges to adopt a “preponderance of evidence” standard rather than a “clear and convincing” standard.

It more or less forbade colleges from allowing the cross-examination of accusers.

It adopted a remarkably broad definition of sexual harassment to include “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”

The administration also encouraged the use of a “single investigator-adjudicator system,” i.e., one person as investigator, judge and jury.

The Obama rules are medieval in the sense that they ignore central developments in Anglo-American justice that arose hundreds of years ago.

In their important book “The Campus Rape Frenzy,” KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor Jr. describe how the rules often played out: “Start with an alcohol-soaked set of facts that no state’s criminal law would consider sexual assault. Add an incomplete ‘investigation,’ unfair procedures, and a disciplinary panel uninterested in evidence of innocence. Stir in a de facto presumption of guilt based on misguided Obama administration dictates, ideological zeal, and fear of bad publicity.”

The result has, inevitably, been jaw-dropping miscarriages of justice. Everyone should want perpetrators of sexual assault to be punished — and in the criminal-justice system, not just by colleges — but elementary protections for the accused can’t be discarded in the process.

One reason the Obama rules were so lopsided is that they were crafted in an atmosphere of moral panic. It was assumed that there was a spiraling epidemic of sexual assault on campus. Taylor and Johnson note, to the contrary, that sexual assaults of female college students dropped by more than half between 1997 and 2013, and that young women in college are less likely to be assaulted than those who are not in college.

The Obama rules have been receiving a battering in the courts, where due process is still taken seriously.

A US district court judge wrote in a 2016 ruling against Brandeis University: “If a college student is to be marked for life as a sexual predator, it is reasonable to require that he be provided a fair opportunity to defend himself and an impartial arbiter to make that decision. Put simply, a fair determination of the facts requires a fair process, not tilted to favor a particular outcome, and a fair and neutral fact-finder, not predisposed to reach a particular conclusion.”

This is the animating spirit behind the DeVos changes. They are still being formulated, but a New York Times report suggests that they will correct the worst excesses of the Obama rules and interject fairness into proceedings that were, shamefully, designed to lack it.


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Let's thank Betsy Devos: Betsy.Devos@ed.gov and let her know that what she is doing is fantastic and that we fully support it and her. The more of us they hear from the better so let's do it.

Friday, April 13, 2018

MeToo movement makes rich men wary of extortion

From The New York Post:

New York City men are protecting themselves from the dark side of the #MeToo movement, including an upswing in false accusations and blackmail, lawyers and private eyes say.

One young technology exec said he has six Nest cams installed inside his swanky downtown condo to “document and provide corroboration for what’s happening in my private life.”

“It’s an insurance policy,” he said.

When he recently brought home a date and realized she was highly intoxicated, he turned to one of the cams and called her a ride home.

“I tried to keep the interaction fully within views of the camera before calling her a Lyft,” he said.

The exec says #MeToo — while giving a voice to victims of sexual assault and harassment — has emboldened other women to falsely accuse well-appointed men for financial gain, fame or vengeance.

“Anonymous accusations are now possible, and the media believes the court of public opinion should not hold itself to anything resembling the court of law,” he said.

He cited an article posted on Babe.net in January that detailed an anonymous woman’s account of her date with comedian Aziz Ansari. The story, which claimed Ansari pressured her into sex, was criticized as a hit piece that undermined the #MeToo movement.

“It’s disconcerting. So you need to have your own documentation to back up your facts,” the exec said.

“Rich men are not the victims, but we may be the targets.”

Private investigator Herman Weisberg agrees, saying he has seen an increase in extortion cases since #MeToo gained widespread attention last year.

“Since October, I’ve gotten about 25 cases of solid extortion threats,” said Weisberg, managing director of Sage Intelligence Group.

“I think in some cases, a few manipulative people are using the #MeToo movement as leverage . . . It gives their baseless, false claims more teeth.”

Weisberg says it has become a common tactic for extorters to e-mail a man with whom they have had relations and demand an apology in writing.

“They claim that their therapist says that’s the important first step,” Weisberg said.

“Let’s just say a high-powered person writes an e-mail back and says, ‘Wow, I’m really sorry you feel that way, and I’m sorry if I did anything,’ they are basically admitting wrongdoing, whether or not they even know what they are apologizing for.”

Weisberg said he considers it a red flag when an accuser seeks money directly from the accused or threatens to go public on social media.

“If you’re going to do it, do it — go on social media. But don’t threaten the person in advance . . . That’s what we call in the business a ‘cash grab.’ ”

On edge over the wave of sexual-misconduct allegations against prominent figures, professional men in New York say they have been avoiding evening outings with female colleagues.

One corporate lawyer scratched his tradition of grabbing Christmas drinks with a female mentee, and opted for the safer alternative of lunch. Another city businessman now brings his lawyer to meetings with women to avoid any misconstrued messages.

“I even think to myself, ‘Should I be meeting someone at my office at 9 o’clock at night when no one else is there?’ ” admitted criminal-defense attorney Jeremy Saland, who has seen an uptick in #MeToo-inspired extortion cases. “Anyone can make an allegation.”

“Our clients are seeking protection from extorters because they are petrified that if a claim is made public, shared with family or reported to employers, perception — not the truth — will carry the day.”

The tech exec, meanwhile, is trying to stay one step ahead with his in-home security system.

“I think that every single man in New York . . . is being a lot more careful now,” he said, “which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.”


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No one is blaming you,bro. Every man nationwide is in the same situation you are in. I know it royally sucks and you've done nothing to deserve this treatment. You only "crime" is having too much money from working hard or smart or both and now some woman believes she is entitled to it. That is what is happening. Men nationwide getting fleeced. Be careful,men and watch your back.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sexism in Sonoma County

One of my readers told me about these burglaries committed by east coast gangs are related to marijuana. The reason this is not posted on the Among Other Things blog is the following quote from Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar. Who said the following quote: “Marijuana is so valuable men are willing to kill for it,” Source.

He told me he wrote to Tony Linegar and told him how he felt about that misandric statement. I'm about to do the same. Perhaps we should all let Mr. Linegar how we feel about his institutionalized misandry.

His email address is: Sonomaag@sonoma-county.org

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Latest: Calif. police believe body is missing actress

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an aspiring actress and model who vanished in Los Angeles last month (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Los Angeles police say they believe a body found in a shallow Northern California grave is that of an aspiring model and actress from Macedonia who vanished in Los Angeles last month.

Los Angeles Police Capt. Billy Hayes says detectives believe 25-year-old Adea Shabani is dead and are investigating the case as a homicide. He says an autopsy set for Wednesday will confirm whether the remains are hers.

The remains were found Tuesday 56 miles (90 kilometers) north of Sacramento. Shabani was last seen in Hollywood on Feb. 23.

Shabani's boyfriend fatally shot himself in the head last week. The California Highway Patrol said 33-year-old Chris Spotz led officers on a Southern California vehicle pursuit that ended with his death in Riverside County.

Hayes says detectives believe that Spotz was involved in Shabani's death.

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3:20 p.m.

Authorities say a woman's body found in a shallow Northern California grave may be an aspiring model and actress from Macedonia who vanished in Los Angeles last month.

The Nevada County Sheriff's Office said the body found Tuesday has not been identified. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Sheriff's Lt. Rob Bringolf said Los Angeles police detectives searching for 25-year-old Adea Shabani led investigators to the grave 56 miles (90 kilometers) north of Sacramento. Shabani was last seen in Hollywood on Feb. 23.

An acquaintance of Shabani's fatally shot himself in the head last week. The California Highway Patrol said 33-year-old Chris Spotz led officers on a Southern California vehicle pursuit that ended with his death in Riverside County. The CHP said Spotz was driving a stolen pickup.


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Know what? I'll bet this bitch was going to falsely accuse this guy of a sex crime. She was most likely aware of the laws in California and took advantage of them. Let's see: she was a minor actress who was struggling in her career. Filing a sex crimes charge against her boyfriend may have resulted in loads of publicity. Not to mention talk shows,morning news shows,major roles in movies and perhaps a book deal. Not to mention the feminists stating she is an immigrant and a domestic violence survivor. This may lead to a trip to Washington DC where she will tell Congress about her ordeal and how as a immigrant woman in a foreign country it was especially hard and that Congress should pass more misandric draconian laws to oppress men to supposedly protect foreign women.

What does the guy get: His name and face splashed across the media in newspapers,tv and the internet. A bunch of talking heads proclaiming his guilt. Feminists groups chanting how men are evil and to pass more draconian laws against men. His hopes of living a normal life go out the window. If he has a job he has to fear harassment there. If he doesn't good luck to him in finding one. People shunning him. People believing in his guilt. The fear of violence by vigilante squads. His life would have been toast and he probably knew that. What choice did he have? This misandrist gave him no choice but do what he did.