1.) Expanding on a theme initially raised by Stuart Taylor in Slate and Cash Michaels in the Wilmington Journal, yesterday's N&O contained a feature story on Sgt. Mark Gottlieb (who article authors take pains to observe has no degree beyond high school). The N&O reveals that the Duke case lead investigator is on leave, for unspecified reasons.
The article offers statistics suggesting that Gottlieb treats Duke students differently than other members of the Durham Police Department in comparable positions. District 2, which contains the area around Duke, has four squad supervisors. Between May 2005 and February 2006, here are the relevant arrest figures:
- Gottlieb: 28 arrests. Of the 28, a total of 20--or 71%--were of Duke students. Gottlieb took at least 15 of the 20 Duke students to jail. All arrests, according to the N&O, were "on misdemeanor violations such as carrying an open beer on a public sidewalk or violating the city's noise ordinance."
- The other three squad commanders working in District 2: 64 arrests. Of the 64, a total of 2--or 3%--were of Duke students.
Is it any coincidence, by the way, that Editor Bob ("Eyes Wide Shut") Ashley seems uninterested in pursuing such issues? I guess Herald-Sun readers will just have to wait to the trial and hope that Nifong urges the local paper to discuss the question.
2.) The Duke Chronicle has an on-line poll asking its readers to rate President Brodhead's handling of the lacrosse affair. The results?
- "Brodhead was terrible": 42%
- "not very well": 16%
- "as well as anybody could do": 31%
- "exceeded expectations": 10%
- "They should have responded faster with swift action against the team": 60%
- "They acted as well as they possibly could have": 25%
- "Administrators acted too quickly without knowing what happened": 4%
3.) A reader alerted me to the recent news that Duke Law professors are increasing their protests of civil liberties abuses at Guantanamo. He notes,
Would it really be too much to ask of these protectors of civil rights for suspected terrorists to speak up against abuses of the constitutional rights of American citizens who happen to be Duke students?And, finally, a question from me to readers.
Five months ago last Wednesday, the Group of 88 ad appeared in the Duke Chronicle. Despite the discrediting of its central assertions--that "something happened" to the accuser; that campus protesters who branded the lacrosse players "rapists" deserved a "thank you" from Duke's faculty--the statement remained proudly perched atop the webpage of Duke's African-American Studies program until two weeks ago, when it mysteriously disappeared.
I remain puzzled as to the statement's funding. Five times I have emailed Professor Charles Payne, AAAS program director, to ask if the fee for the ad came from official Duke funds; five times, I have received no reply.
Perhaps Payne will respond to Duke students or alumni who ask him the question? I'll post the information if any DIW reader can obtain it.