(1) that Mike Nifong's misconduct demands investigation;It is my hope that more Duke professors will speak up in light of the statement by these Economics professors.
(2) that the Group of 88 does not speak for all Duke faculty;
(3) that all Duke students--including student-athletes--are welcome in the signatories' classes.
To the Editor:
We, the undersigned Economics Department faculty members at Duke University, are cognizant of the fact that, to date, the only collective signed statement by faculty members concerning the events of last March was an advertisement in the Duke University Chronicle subsequent to protests and a forum on March 29, 2006. We are aware too that the advertisement was cited as prejudicial to the defendants in the defense motion to change the venue of the trial involving the three Duke lacrosse team members. We regret that the Duke faculty is now seen as prejudiced against certain of its own students.
1) In light of recent events detailed in court proceedings, it appears that there were a number of irregular acts committed by members of the Durham law enforcement agencies and District Attorney’s Office. We join with President Brodhead in calling for an investigation of those acts, inimical to students at our university.
2) We welcome all members of the lacrosse team, and all student athletes, as we do all our students as fellow members of the Duke community, to the classes we teach and the activities we sponsor.
E. Roy Weintraub, Professor of Economics
Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Associate Professor of Economics
Charles M. Becker, Research Professor of Economics
Tim Bollerslev, Juanita & Clifton Kreps Professor of Economics
Vincent Conitzer, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Economics
Neil B. DeMarchi, Professor of Economics
Bjorn Eraker, Assistant Professor of Economics
Henry G. Grabowski, Professor of Economics
Daniel A. Graham, Professor of Economics and Law
Kevin D. Hoover, Professor of Economics and Philosophy
Shakeeb Khan, Associate Professor of Economics
Bahar Leventoglu, Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science
Thomas J. Nechyba, Fuchsberg-Levine Family Professor of Economics and
Pietro Peretto, Associate Professor of Economics
Curtis R. Taylor, Professor of Economics
Edward Tower, Professor of Economics
Huseyin Yildirim, Assistant Professor of Economics