If you’ve followed the Duke lacrosse case with an eye toward justice, you know about Joan Foster.
In that case, you’ll want to skip the rest of my post and go right to Joan’s at Liestoppers and welcome here back.
If you don’t know what a fine writer and advocate for justice Joan is, please read the following extract from her latest post:
… What’s the emotional and moral make-up of folks like Duke’s BOT chair Robert Steele and its president Dick Brodhead?Joan’s entire evisceration of Duke’s craven leaders is here.
I’ll confess I’ve never met either of them. I bet they are charming at cocktail parties and impressive in their insular little world, okay…fine. But everything I ever needed to know about either of them, I learned, if true and accurate, in the written summary of the third lawsuit. (see here)
Let’s start with Steele. [Friends of Duke University spokesperson and law professor] Jason Trumpbour relays a conversation with Steele that just might be the most stunning moral indictment of the current Duke leadership to date.
Now, stay with me here.
Trumpbour tells us Steele felt it would be best FOR DUKE if Collin [Finnerty], Reade [Seligmann], and Dave [Evans]…WENT TO TRIAL.
Best for Duke. Say that again: “BEST FOR DUKE.”
If convicted, he shrugged, “it would all be sorted out on appeal.”
Who thinks like that?
What kind of man thinks like that?
I can’t even type that without stopping to take a deep, outraged breath.
Imagine you are the Finnertys, or the Evans, or the Seligmanns. Your child, your boy, already scourged, and branded, and sullied by an outrageous LIE, would best serve the University’s interest by going TO TRIAL, perhaps being convicted of a felony and imprisoned in some hellhole.
This is the measured, moral opinion of the chairman of the Board of Trustees at his school.
It would be BEST for Duke for your INNOCENT child, your ravaged family to endure a TRIAL. And let’s remember the backdrop of this time: the Black Panthers, well represented , no doubt, in our prison system, shouting at Reade “You’re a dead man walking!!!”
Sure, Chairman Steele, let it all be sorted out on appeal.
BEST FOR DUKE
Message to Joan: Welcome back. I missed your voice, as did so many others.