Chronicle readers concerned by the recent decline in the quality of its news reporting have another reason to be concerned: its Jan 9 "3 unindicted laxers sue University" story.
I’ve just sent University Editor Chelsea Allison, who was bylined on the story, the following email which I’ve also left in modified form on the story’s thread at TC’s website.
Dear Editor Allison:
Concerning your Jan. 9 story: "3 unindicted laxers sue University"
[The complaint filing] includes a comprehensive timeline of the case's progress, which began in April 2006 after Crystal Mangum alleged that she had been sexually assaulted at a party hosted by members of the team, who had hired her as an exotic dancer.The case “began” on the night of Mar 13/14 in response to Crystal Mangum’s lies.
The complaint filing details events from that time forward.
The complaint also details a multidimensioned conspiracy between the Duke and Durham police departments, which the suit alleges had developed a "zero-tolerance" policy for Duke students.You do not mention the most important point concerning the “zero-tolerance” policy alleged in the complaint.
As alleged in the complaint, “the zero-tolerance” policy to which Duke agreed called for Duke students to be treated differently and more harshly by police than all other citizens resident in Durham or visiting the city would be treated in very similar or identical circumstances.
That's not supposed to happen in America.
You provided readers just one presumably objective expert’s comments on the complaint. While that expert, School of Law Professor James Coleman, was quoted extensively, he admitted he’d not actually read the complaint filing.
Between Dec. 18 when the complaint was filed and Jan. 9 when your story ran, could you not have obtained comments from one or more law professors at Duke or nearby law schools who’d read the complaint?
The full text of the complaint filing along with attachments is available at a number of places on the Net. Here, for instance, at Liestoppers.com.
Why didn't you provide Chronicle readers with a link or URL to the filing.
I hope you agree my comments and questions are fact-based and reasonable.
I’ll publish your response in full on the main page of my blog.
John in Carolina