Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Would the Holocaust have happened if Moe Howard was Chancellor of Germany?"

Rick Perlstein explains why we should be relieved that Donald Trump is not very smart.

Gang-raping drugged teenagers as a bonding experience at Baylor

American higher education, the envy of the world.

Here's the latest abomination from Baylor University, courtesy of the Waco Tribune Herald:

According to the suit, the football team had a system of hazing freshman recruits by having them bring freshman females to parties to be drugged and gang-raped, “or in the words of the football players, ‘trains’ would be run on the girls.”

Considered a bonding experience by the players, according to the suit, the rapes also were photographed and videotaped, and the plaintiff confirmed that at least one 21-second videotape of two Baylor students being gang- raped by football players had circulated.

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists protest Board of Regents leak obsession

The post is here. It reads:

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists defends the right of KSTP-TV and its journalists to pursue the truth and report it. In that pursuit, KSTP has relied on confidential sources to shine a light on sexual harassment allegations at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota law protects the rights of journalists to keep their sources confidential as part of the Free Flow of Information Act.

The university’s investigation to seek the identity of the confidential source goes against the spirit of the Free Flow of Information Act and will have a chilling effect on those whistleblowers who seek to expose wrongdoing and those journalists who report it.

We urge the university to drop its investigation of KSTP’s confidential sources, abide by the spirit of the Free Flow of Information Act and concentrate on the serious problems of sexual harassment allegations at the University of Minnesota.

Joe Spear, board secretary
Ben Garvin, MNSPJ president
Jenna Ross, president elect

For media inquiries, contact Joe Spear, who authored this post, at (507) 317- 8073

Lawsuit: University of Minnesota - Fairview Hospital Failed to Protect a Mentally Ill, Disabled Girl from Sexual Assault in Her Room -- Twice in Less than an Hour

KSTP News has reported yet another jaw-dropping scandal from the Fairview psychiatry ward.

A Twin Cities hospital with a history of security breakdowns failed to protect a teenage girl with developmental disabilities from being sexually assaulted twice by an adult patient, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Hennepin County.

The 15-year-old girl was rushed to the emergency room at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview for a mental health crisis on Nov. 8 last year.

She was admitted for observation and monitoring but remained in the hospital’s emergency department “because there were a lack of available beds in the pediatric psychiatric unit,” according to the suit.

Across the hall from the girl’s room, Jamal Strong was also being treated for a mental health crisis. The 29-year-old entered the girl’s room early in the morning on Nov. 9 and sexually assaulted her, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County.

In itself, that incident is horrendous. But what makes it truly astonishing is the fact that, according to the lawsuit, Fairview staff let the same thing happen again almost immediately.

Strong assaulted the girl for approximately 15 minutes before he was found by hospital staff and removed from the room, according to the lawsuit.

The suit stated the girl was sexually assaulted again when “incredibly, Strong was able to reenter (the victim’s) room only five minutes later.”

Jeffrey Storms, the attorney who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the girl’s family, said the hospital’s surveillance video shows Strong remained in the room undetected for another 27 minutes.

This is hardly the first such incident. According to KSTP: "In April 2015, a patient suffering heroin withdrawals and hallucinations entered another patient’s room, crawled into bed and assaulted her." Only three weeks ago, KSTP reported that a mentally ill 13 year-old had run away from the psychiatry ward and was later found nearly a mile away on the Franklin Avenue bridge.  Fairview administrators had not even called the police to report the child missing. (Fairview calls these episodes "elopement incidents," which apparently sounds better than "escapes.")

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How law school rankings have destroyed American law schools

Actually, it's only one ranking system (US News and World Report) but the argument applies to all American universities, not just law schools.

Monday, May 22, 2017

74 Seconds

MPR's new podcast on the death of Philando Castile, 74 Seconds, is off to a very promising start.