Duke University’s motion to dismiss the rights violations suit complaint filed by attorneys for 38 members of the university’s 2006 Men’s lacrosse team amounts to “we didn’t do anything wrong and we knew nothing about the frame-up run by Mike Nifong.”
Duke’s motion is very faulty, as KC Johnson explains in this post.
It’s also very Fawlty.
You remember the British comedy series Fawlty Towers. John Cleese played Basil Fawlty, the arrogant, maladroit owner of Fawlty Towers, a small hotel in Torquay.
Andrew Sach played Manuel, the well-meaning waiter who time and again was confronted by guests complaining about their rooms or the food.
Manuel had a stock response for them: He’d shrug and say in accented English:
“See theese man? (pointing to Basil Fawlty.) He knows eeeverything. Me? I know nothing. I’m from Barcelona.”Duke’s using Manuel’s "Barcelona defense."
I expect President Brodhead during discovery will point to Nifong and say: “See theese man. He knows eeeverything. Me? I’m from Yale.”
Will the university award Sach an honorary degree? Or at least give him a trustees' vote of thanks?