“Ms. DeVos’s proposals take important steps to fix these problems.”
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has become a target of the left for her efforts to reform former President Barack Obama era rules dealing with sexual assault on college campuses. She has been falsely accused of favoring the accused for simply advocating due process over kangaroo courts.
Liberal feminist law professor Lara Bazelon agrees with DeVos.
Here is her bio from the University of San Francisco School of Law website:
Lara Bazelon is an associate professor of law and the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinical Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. From 2012-2015, she was a visiting associate clinical professor at Loyola Law School and the director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent. Professor Bazelon was a trial attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles for seven years. Prior to that, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Harry Pregerson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Bazelon appeared on the Martha MacCallum show last night to explain her support for DeVos. She notes that there have been numerous cases in recent years where courts have reversed expulsions for accused students when it became apparent that the student was not afforded due process.
This video is cued to start at the 26:42 mark, just press play:
Bazelon’s recent op-ed for the New York Times which is mentioned in the clip is outstanding:
I’m a Democrat and a Feminist. And I Support Betsy DeVos’s Title IX Reforms.
Consider this scenario: A young black man enrolls at a state university in California on an athletic scholarship. He’s the first person in his family to go to college. His teammate’s white ex-girlfriend matches with him on Tinder, comes to his apartment, has sex with him and, they both agree, returns three days later to have consensual sex.
Weeks later, the young woman, who has reconciled with her boyfriend, claims the Tinder match raped her during the first sexual encounter. The Tinder Match adamantly denies this. Her boyfriend, who is also black, says she is lying. There is no hearing, no chance for the accused to ask her questions.
But the Title IX investigator concludes that he committed sexual assault by finding her more credible than him under the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard, under which the accuser must prove there is a greater than 50 percent chance her claim is true. He’s one of a few black students on campus and worries he may get killed after word spreads.
This happened in early 2018 to a client in the pro bono clinic I direct with my law students.
Read the whole thing.
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