Chronicle columnist Kristin Butler’s column today does an outstanding job explaining why so many of us can’t “move on” and “heal” despite the urgings of now disbarred Mike Nifong, Duke’s President, Richard Brodhead, and The Chronicle’s editorial board.
Butler’s eager to move on but how can she without knowing more about the University’s bungled and disgraceful response to “the lacrosse case” and other important matters?
However, with only one exception, each time a suit’s been brought which could’ve provided some answers, Duke’s given the plaintiffs big checks on condition they drop the suits and say no more.
The one exception is the suit brought by attorney Bob Ekstrand on behalf of three unindicted Duke students and lacrosse players.
About that suit and the upset its caused among MoveOn.Duke supporters, a commenter asked one of the supporters on Butler’s column thread:
Why is it that whenever there is a call for the truth, there is someone like you (most likely, a charter member of G88) who condemns such a call as a "Witch Hunt?” …It’s in the broader and long-term interests of Duke for the truth to come out now.
If it turns out that Durham police Sgt. Gottlieb had abused Duke students, as alleged in the Ekstrand complaint, wouldn't you want that to come out?
And if it turns out that DUMC employee Tara Levicy conspired with Gottlieb in the fabrication of evidence, as alleged in the Ekstrand complaint, wouldn't you want that to come out? ...
Only those culpable in the University’s bungled and disgraceful response to Crystal Mangum's and Mike Nifong's lies benefit from the current cover- up.
It’s time Duke stopped writing checks to prevent the truth from becoming publicly known.
What Duke must do now is move on to full disclosure.
I don’t doubt full disclosure will confirm much that’s alleged in the Ekstrand complaint filing and require the University to reach compensation agreements with Ekstrand’s clients and a good many others.
Full disclosure will surely make it obvious some major personnel changes are needed along with changes in the University’s governance structure.
Full disclosure will mean Duke will go through a painful and financially costly period.
But is there any other way for Duke to move on from its current cover-up which is damaging the University’s reputation, costing it financially and hurting it in many other ways?
Butler’s column is here.