Monday, March 12, 2007

CrimeStoppers Board

While CrimeStoppers might be exempt from Open Meeting law requirements, it does have to report to the IRS. A reader noted, "All tax exempt entities have to file an informational tax return with the IRS (Form 990). It is a public document and the entity has to provide it to anyone who requests it."

Another reader sent me a copy of the Durham CrimeStoppers 2005 Form 990 (the 2006 version isn’t yet available). It contains a list of the organization’s officers and board of directors.

The chair is listed as DUPD director Bob Dean. The vice chair is Kent Fletcher, retired deputy chief of the Durham Police Department.

Dean Sue is a board member. So are businessmen Jim Thompson and Jim Carrington and realtors Pat Radack and Patrick Ellis. The board is all-volunteer.

In 2005, the organization paid out $28,800 to witnesses.

There is no evidence that anyone on the board knew of Cpl. Addison’s potentially libelous “wanted” document before the corporal issued it last March: indeed, it seems all but certain that board members did not know of Addison’s actions.

The board does, however, oversee Addison’s performance. If he refuses to speak publicly on his actions, the board should designate someone who will speak on the record about CrimeStoppers’ performance last spring. In addition, it seems to me that the board needs to think hard about whether having a coordinator who issues false public statements and then refuses to speak to the public conforms with CrimeStoppers’ mission of functioning as a liaison between the community and law enforcement.

To my knowledge, no one from the Duke administration has ever condemned either the “wanted” poster or the even more offensive “vigilante” poster produced by the potbangers (who combined Addison’s text with the photos of 43 lacrosse players). Indeed, the vigilante poster was one of the highest-profile acts of campus protest before the Group of 88 said “thank you” to protesters for “not waiting.”

Dean Sue’s presence on the CrimeStoppers board raises disturbing questions about her conduct last spring. At the very least, given the potentially slanderous nature of Addison’s poster, she should have disclosed her connection to CrimeStoppers to the lacrosse parents.

Hat tips: O.H., P.S., B.Y.

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dan Hill is also a prominent businessman in Durham, former city council or county commissioner candidate and "Duke Alum", as well as a major booster "$" of the athletics department at Duke. Curious!

bill anderson said...

K.C.,

As I have written elsewhere, what did "Dean Sue" know, and when did she know it? I do not recall her every making any critical public remarks about the CrimeStoppers poster. If she made any private remarks, that would not be good enough. The poster was public, and she should have distanced herself from it immediately and called for it to be taken down.

Instead, we had silence, and in this situation, silence was the same as tacit approval of what was being done.

KC Johnson said...

True about Hill. That said, alone among the CS board, he has taken lots of actions to distance himself from the city's handling of the lacrosse affair, including taking a major role in the Cheek petition drive.

Anonymous said...

JLS says...

There must have certainly been some behind the scenes infighting. I think thanks to John in Carolina and Professor Johnson we are getting closer to the reasons for the twice revision of the CrimeStoppers e-mail or poster.

And with the Duke Dean on the board giving students advice to waive their constitutional rights, I think Duke is going to have a real problem here. I think they know it too which is why this information has been so hard to come by.

Anonymous said...

Found this on comments of JinC ( 3/12/07 Addison post)

"Anonymous said...
More Duke involvement.

While searching Yahoo groups for other CrimeStoppers mentions, I found this post, from Susan Kauffman, Director of Special Projects in Duke's Public Affairs and Government Relations Office.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pac3/message/1836

Titled "Message from Duke", Ms. Kauffman, as a representative of Duke, is promoting the pot-banging rally in front of 610 N Buchanan!


Folks, just learned that there is a rally scheduled for 2 p.m. today
outside 610 N. Buchanan. African-American ministers are organizing it.
Buses will be bringing students from NCCU. Duke and Durham police will be
in attendance.

I apologize for the late notice. Duke Student Affairs and Duke Police were
notified yesterday afternoon and asked me to alert listserves, but I hadn't
looked at my email since yesterday morning.
SK

MacD"

Anyone know what day was the 2pm protest led by AA ministers?

bill anderson said...

I cannot believe that Duke just let its high-level employees get away with this behavior. Once the genie was out of the lamp, I guess Brodhead and Steel figured that they might as well promote the hoax, too, so there might be a better chance of convictions, so Duke would be off the hook.

What I find in all of this is that NO ONE in a high-level position at Duke University tried to do the right thing. It was left to people like Kirsten Kimel and others like her to stand up and be counted. What a bunch of moral cowards!

wine country dude said...

In my home state of California, corporations (including nonprofits, to the best of my knowledge) are required to file yearly statements with the Secretary of State concerning the identity of their officers and providing an agent for service of process. I don't know NC law on this, but this is not usually an area in which states vary widely.

Failure to file the required statements subjects the organization, at least, to fines. I suspect the Attorney General's office is the proper enforcement agency (it would be in CA).

How's this for a lead? "The venerable anti-crime organization, Crimestoppers,fails to comply with existing state law". If NC law is as I suspect, this would be just one more example of the hypocrisy that permeates this whole affair.

Anonymous said...

JLS says....

Prof. Anderson I agree with you. Whether the players had ended up being guilty or innocent as we now know Duke allowed people to use the RESOURCES of Duke to raise public comdemnation and as it turned out railroading of its own students. Some heads will have to roll there now that this is coming out.

Joe T. said...

Uncovering these people is reminding me of a Raymond Chandler novel.

Anonymous said...

Dan Hill is also a prominent businessman in Durham, former city council or county commissioner candidate and "Duke Alum", as well as a major booster "$" of the athletics department at Duke. Curious!

Anonymous said...

sorry for the duplication. maybe I will learn not to post from my mobile

Anonymous said...

Brodhead's excuse these days appears to be that Nifong's comments dictated his behavior.

I don't think that's going to work very well for Dean Sue's defense or that of any other officer of the University.

The incompetence and mendacity of Duke administration is stunning, and continues to be compounded as they hunker down and attempt to stonewall.

It isn't going to work. sic semper tyrannis

Anonymous said...

Carolyn says:

Wooo! I've been reading KC's posts on CrimeStoppers since this morning and it's like watching light shine on cockroaches. Every time the roaches flee, they only illuminate a bigger pile of garbage.

Who would have thought roaches could reduce Duke and Durham to Dumb and Dumber?

Anonymous said...

KC,
The AP just put out an interview with Mr. Broadhead where they ask him several questions about the Lacrosse case. Heads up!

AMac said...

anon 2:22pm --

Google suggests that Susan Kauffman (note spelling) works in Duke's Office of Public Affairs & Govt. Relations.

She is quoted in this March 27,2006 ABC News story:

"All but one member of the lacrosse team submitted DNA samples, but according to a search warrant obtained by ABC's WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, Durham police are interested in only three men. No charges have yet been filed, but police have promised to 'expedite' the DNA samples, according to Susan Kauffman, of Duke University's Public Affairs office."

So Ms. Kauffman was involved in the University's response to the hoax from an early point.

Curiously, she seems to have written an article as an N&O reporter in 1997 entitled "Duke arrest controversy still simmers" (cache). Lede: "About 20 prominent African-American faculty members at Duke University have signed a letter calling on the university to take stronger action in the wake of the mistaken arrest of a black freshman last month." Among those interviewed: John Burness and Karla Holloway (Wahneema Lubiano was a signer). Possible long professional acquaintance with some of the G88's leading lights.

Anonymous said...

Here's a link to the AP story:
http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2007Mar12/0,4670,DukePresidentQampA,00.html

Anonymous said...

There is no evidence that anyone on the board knew of Cpl. Addison’s potentially libelous “wanted” document before the corporal issued it last March: indeed, it seems all but certain that board members did not know of Addison’s actions.



What K.C. said above is important to keep in mind in relation to anyone on the Crimestoppers Board.

Anonymous said...

We are witness to the development of a mother lode of information that will be used by the dozens, perhaps scores, of attorneys who are prepared to descend upon Durham as the Huns descended upon Budapest. It is rather clear now that Gutless Gonzales is too busy imprisoning his own border guards and helping Torquemada Fitzgerald kneecap Scooter Libby, so we won't be seeing any Federal civil rights action in Durham. Nor do I believe the NC Attorney General has sufficient moral courage to clean out the cockroaches that infest Durham; he'd have to go up against his buddies and we can't have that, now can we? But I do believe there will be a myriad of civil actions against these scumbags who have brought dishonor on my State. The liability roster grows by leaps and bounds. May the bastards rot in hell for what they've done.

Anonymous said...

4:35, can you provide a better link?

Anonymous said...

At heart this was a simple case. There was no claim of consensual sex and the nature of the attack would have produced DNA evidence. Had there been DNA I would have assumed that the attack would have taken place. No DNA… No Attack. Everyone who jumped the gun on this one can’t blame Nifong.

Perhaps the only way to prevent this type of think from happen in the future is civil law suits.

Anonymous said...

Go to www.foxnews .com and search on "brodhead lacrosse" and it's the first story that comes up.

Anonymous said...

http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/1232019/

Also try the above.

AMac said...

anon 2:22pm asked --

> Anyone know what day was the 2pm protest led by AA ministers?

I don't know. The potbangers' rally appears to have begun at 9am on Sunday, March 26, 2006.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you already know this or not, but 990-PF's aren't due until May 15.

It usually takes a couple months for the form to be posted on-line; most State Attorney Generals have a section where 990-PF's from charitable organizations are posted.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps, I just don't know where to go but while I continue to hear that Dean Sue advised the players not to call their parents I can not find anyone who knows this for sure or any documentation about this. Can anyone educate me. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Is the listening ad still available to view online? I would like to see it. I've never seen it before


gak

Cedarford said...

Some notations:

1. The Crimestoppers group in Durham has helped solve over 3,000 crimes since it's 1983 inception. It's Board members are civic volunteers that contribute to an exceptionally important cause. David Addison has worked hard to raise community involvement and has increased the number of tips coming in significantly, for which he was named the best Coordinator in NC in 2005.
Before condemning any of them for the actions in one case, consider that they have done A World Of Good for the community in their volunteerism and duty.

2. While definitely some further explaination by the Board is needed about their actions or inactions regarding the Wanted posters that presumed a "horrific crime had occurred", named the suspect pool, and gave cover to national media running with the worst version, free of the fear of libel......consider that; (1)none on the Board may have known Addison was going to issue his emaillistserve Posters that way, (2) The members of the Board heard that Nifong, in complete charge since March 23rd by assent of City leaders, had declared "no question existed that a savage rape occurred at the Duke Party" and "strong evidence existed."

3. The Crimestoppers Board does have liability insurance, but certainly must have been concerned after Addison was ordered by Police brass to comment no further on the Duke Lacrosse case. And about John in Carolina's reporting that Addison was acting purely for Crimestoppers according to Major Russ of DPD, and that the City or DPD had absolutely no responsibility for his Wanted notices.

4. Anyone studying crisis management or working the field of investigating an event - be it a plane disaster, a government fiasco, a major high profile crime - generally can expect to see these things as a team forms, the problem is worked, and blame or fixes apportioned:

A. A crisis manager who comes in, notes to all team members that person is in charge, and gets assent for changes in reporting relationships.

B. The crisis manager takes control of communications. Nothing goes out to the public or stakeholders except through the manager or with the manager's approval.

C. A good crisis manager never assigns blame immediately or operates off a single theory, but works the problem to first prevent recurrence during the investigation (in the Lacrosse case quickly found to mean chances of another "gang rape" were zilch) - then works the timeline and the evidence.

D. A good crisis manager never "bends the rules", even if determining the rules are themselves suspect as a root cause or contributing root cause - and never asks team members to significantly depart from their areas of knowledge or patterns of behavior..especially himself or herself. Otherwise, they will stumble badly, in all likelihood, managing the crisis.

With respect to the Duke Lacrosse case focusing on just Addison, we have a low-ranking but well-regarded corporal with considerable legal training in media interactions, and 5+ years experience as a Crimestoppers coordinator dealing as a Public Information Officer departing substantially from his patterns and past practices from March 27th to April 10th.

*He presumed a crime had been committed, despite a track record of always couching past questionable crimes not yet established of rape or robbery or such being couched in qualifiers like "reputed" and "alledged".

*In this case, unlike others Addison handled for Crimestoppers or as step-in DPD spokesmen - he made statements presuming guilt - a crime happened at the Lacrosse house - and one of them by implication did it.

*Unlike in all his past communications, Addison attached highly inflammatory words to a crime not yet established. "Brutal, savage, horrific".

Anyone looking at the timeline notes that Addison did not start throwing gasoline on the case until Nifong had taken command of City personnel involved in the case, effectively March 23rd. Media began being "alerted" of specific steps in the investigation then for photo ops and such as Lacrosse players arrived for testing. Statements from Nifong and Addison began emerging, sometimes mirroring one another word for word.

Conclusions:

1. It is asking a lot to believe a low-ranking corporal departed substantially from his year-long patterns to go off the reservation and do his own thing in a high profile case. He appears to be a messenger boy. And Crimestoppers was seen as just another path he could get the "message" he apparantly was ordered to deliver any way he could, out...His words on Crimestoppers were identical or remarkably close to the words he used in newspaper and TV interviews.

2. Addisons statements appear timed to not only mirror Nifong's, but reinforce them. Is it more likely that a young low-ranking corporal had driven all public remarks in a high profile national case and the "Man in Charge" was just following his lead and the Police Brass just milled about with their thumbs up their ass as Addison did his own little campaign ---with Nifong following HIS lead? Or is it far more likely that Addison was ORDERED to say what he said??

3. Whether they like it or not, Crimestoppers Board members must acknowledge that in their good name, defamatory announcements were made presuming guilt that gave considerable fuel and credibility to the lynch mob. And many on the Board, like "Dean Sue", Major Bob Dean - as well as their Coordinator Addison - had extensive training in libel - yet were not proactive in distancing themselves from tort exposure or rectifying the injustice done to the accused players. Nor were Crimestoppers at Duke too Keen on working with their fellow Duke Authorities in investigating and disciplining Duke employees who morphed the Crimestoppers poster into the infamous "Vigilante Poster", distributed it around campus, and delivered it to the N&O.

4. Besides Crimestoppers Board, Duke Law, lawyers advising Duke Administration, and lawyers advising "Team Nifong at DPD", City officials, and at N&O also failed to cover their "Primaries" asses from libel torts.
N&O as press with added shielding -may have a fine time wending their way through precedent to argue their nationalizing the "Vigilante Poster" wasn't malicious prejudgement of an ongoing criminal case.

Anonymous said...

The Brodhead comments are very revealing.

NOT ONE WORD OF SYMPATHY FOR THE ACCUSED STUDENTS.

It's all about how the faculty have been victims in this.

Unbelievable.

Duke seems to have no moral core.

Three of their students have been the victims of a frame up.

They have been facing charges with a 30 year jail sentence.

They have spent millions in legal fees.

They were pilloried for weeks on the campus.

They have in at least one case been the victim of grade retaliation.

They have been publicly condemned by numerous members of the faculty.

They had their pictures displayed on the cover of Newsweek as the poster children for rich white boy sexual and racial aggression.

They have been the victims of continual prosecutorial misconduct of a flagrant variety.

There seems to be only one subject taught at Duke.

MORAL IDIOCY

The only people who have been truly hurt by this case have been the accused students, the other lacrosse players and their former coach. Brodhead obviously doesn't feel bad about it.

Anonymous said...

So Ms. Kauffman was involved in the University's response to the hoax from an early point.

Curiously, she seems to have written an article as an N&O reporter in 1997 entitled "Duke arrest controversy still simmers" (cache). Lede: "About 20 prominent African-American faculty members at Duke University have signed a letter calling on the university to take stronger action in the wake of the mistaken arrest of a black freshman last month." Among those interviewed: John Burness and Karla Holloway (Wahneema Lubiano was a signer). Possible long professional acquaintance with some of the G88's leading lights.

Mar 12, 2007 4:34:00 PM
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If the above is true, I would like to have KC research it. Hypocracy seems to ooze from these carney barkers. This is in my eyes a VERY important post, if confirmed.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Addison is someone who will eventually roll over on Nofing?

Gary Packwood said...

Information about not-for-profit organizations in the USA

Guidestart runs a service where all IRS 990's are listed for up-to-date not-for-profit organizations and the service is free after you register.

http://www.guidestar.org/

There are two levels of premium service that are NOT free however, I have found the premium service has the same information as the 990's. They array the information for you rather than you looking for the information yourself.

The 990's also list the endowments of not-for-profits and investment holdings.

BE SURE AND USE THE ADVANCED SEARCH CRITERIA

CrimeStoppers is one word. CrimeStoppers Durham, North Carolina

Then scroll down to the bottom with the 990's are listed for the last 5 or 6 years. Click on the Adobe Acrobat icon of the report you want.

GP

Anonymous said...

One upon a time, the litmus test for responsible behavior was called the Mike Wallace Test. If you wouldn't be comfortable explaining it on 60 Minutes after he made a house call to ask you a few questions, then it was probably something you shouldn't do.

With all due respect to Mike, that test might be due for a new name.

Dave in CA

AMac said...

anon 6:04pm --

> If the above is true, I would like to have KC research it.

Please don't expect to have Prof Johnson or anyone else "research it." That was simply information obtained via Google from open-source documents. There is no presumption of wrongdoing on Ms. Kauffman's part; I was simply adding pieces of information that may (or may not) be found by better-informed readers here to fit within a larger picture.

Anonymous said...

GP at 6:11

"Guidestar", not "Guidestart" - people are likely to be confused.

Cedarford said...

If the above is true, I would like to have KC research it. Hypocracy seems to ooze from these carney barkers. This is in my eyes a VERY important post, if confirmed.

Mar 12, 2007 6:04:00 PM


Anonymous, I'll chime in with AMAC. Don't presume that any Blogger will somehow do the "research" or "investigation" you are interested in but lack the time or inclination to do yourself.

Sometimes I find KC is gracious enough to look into a question, or help out a commentor that has run into a dead end. But he looks at what he wants to look at, not as an agent for poster's wishes. Hopefully, he gets as much as he gives from the people following his work. This thread being a good example...as info on Addison & Crimestoppers has slowly come out, KC has gotten a pretty good picture of it from fellow blogger John inC and varous posters. Which could prove helpful to his own efforts..

Lee said...

The link to the WRAL story is here. This link was entered using the following HTML tags in the comment editor like this:

<a href="http://linktostory">here</a>

where "http://linktostory" is replaced by the URL ("address") of the story. You can copy it directly from your browser's address bar and paste it in...

Anonymous said...

To gak:

You can find the listening statement at the link, "Group of 88 Statement" under Motions and Documents to the right of KC's commentary in this blog.

another.anon said...

Cedarford, 7.30...

"Anonymous, I'll chime in with AMAC. Don't presume that any Blogger will somehow do the "research" or "investigation" you are interested in but lack the time or inclination to do yourself."

Too true. It may be time for KC to borrow Insty's phrase, and point out that he's not a public utility.

Anonymous said...

4:40 "...is important to keep in mind in relation to anyone on the Crimestoppers Board..."

One wonders what former Enron Board member's opinion would be to the 4:40 comment?

No justice, no peace said...

I posted this crisis management note a few days ago and think it more on point now and worth repeating. Augustine hits the mark in his article...

Managing the Crisis You Tried to Prevent - Norman Augustine,

“There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune:
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries…” – Julius Caesar, Wm. Shakespeare

Six Stages of Crisis Management,

1. Avoid the Crisis: “...chronic carelessness stems from a blind spot common among executives - and especially chief executive officers: They actually believe that they are in control of their companies’ fortunes…Make a list of everything that could attract troubles to the business…Discretion and privacy can be critical to avoiding some kinds of crisis...”

Brodhead and the Gang of 88 fail.

2. Preparing to Manage a Crisis: “…should view and plan for the inevitability of a crisis in much the same way one views and plans for the inevitability of death and taxes not out of weakness or fear, but out of the strength that comes from knowing you are prepared to…play the hand that fate deals you.”- Steven Fink “We must make plans for dealing with crises; action plans, communication plans, fire drills, essential relationships…”

Elevating the AAAs frauds to Dept status, and electing a Gang of 88 bigoted racist to lead the faculty hardly rates as properly preparing to manage a crisis. Encouraging the students to meet with the DPD without counsel and allowing the police into the dorms are, we may soon discover, criminal.

3. Recognizing the Crisis: “…If you can keep your head when all about you are losing their, its just possible you haven’t grasped the situation” – humorist Jean Kerr. “ Companies sometimes misclassify a problem, focusing on the technical aspects and ignoring issues of perception…”…”Are you going to believe what you see, or what I’m telling you?” – Groucho Marx

It is clear the administration and trustees believes the race/gender/class warfare b.s.

4. Containing the Crisis: “…stop the hemorrhaging. This is the phase in which the tough decisions have to me made and made fast…”

This assumes one has a leader to make the tough decisions. Duke does not have a leader.

5. Resolving the Crisis: “In this stage speed is of the essence...seek out independent experts who took (take) the facts to the public…”

Lethargic efforts by an inept administration that not only allowed the story to be presented by fraudulent liars, but continues to do so in spite of the overwhelming evidence that another liar manufactured a story.

6. Profiting from the Crisis: “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes” – Oscar Wilde,,…”If a company has handled the previous steps flawlessly (that is, has not somehow managed to make the crisis even worse), the sixth stage offers an opportunity to recoup some losses…”

This I got to see...

Conclusion...
“The bottom line of my own experience with crisis can be summarized in just seven words: tell the truth and tell it fast.” - Augustine

The lack of leadership, transparency, governance, and allowing a small, vocal fraudulent minority to be the voice of the University is pitiful. Duke deserves everything it has coming.

Character is judged by ones actions and inactions. In this crisis Duke has earned an “F”.

Anonymous said...

6:04 "...Hypocracy seems to ooze from these carney barkers..."

At least Carnies have something entertaining to sell. These people are frauds...at $46,000 per year.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure that anyone seeks harm for the Crimestoppers Board.

But it seems clear that Cpl. Addison, in making his highly inflammatory comments, and in distributing his "wanted" poster, was not acting alone. It seems certain that he was taking directions from someone higher up in the Durham PD.

And for Crimestoppers, for better or worse, the fact is that Addison did much of his damage while under the Crimestoppers banner.

All we want is the truth. We want to know who was telling Addison what to say. The Crimestoppers Board should want to know this also. And they should be involved in demanding that Addison come forward with the name of his "handler".

And if the Crimestoppers Board refuses to take such action, then it will be their own responsibility if they come to be viewed as nothing more than an extension of Nifong's community of enablers.

Gary Packwood said...

Yes indeed 6:35 - My Mistake

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Anonymous said...

KC: 'To my knowledge, no one from the Duke administration has ever condemned either the "wanted" ... or “vigilante” poster[s] produced by the potbangers (who combined Addison’s text with the photos of 43 lacrosse players)'

Exactly. Nor did anyone in Duke admin, including Brodhead, condemn the disgusting intimidation tactics of the NBP. Nor did Brodhead try to rein in the 88. Nor did Brodhead reserve judgment on the LAX players' guilt, no matter how he remembers it now. "Bad enough" Brodhead's little omissions were truly terrible.

Now, in today's AP interview, Brodhead speaks about how hard the whole situation was to make out a year ago when Nifong spoke with such "great certainty". As though any DA's statements excuse a rush to judgment! As though any DA's statements excuse Brodhead's presiding in silence over the demonization of students who were merely accused of a crime! Is he a child? Has he no understanding of the presumption of innocence?

No matter what constituencies Brodhead felt he had to appease, there is simply no excuse for his actions and inactions. I don't care how urbane and self-deprecating he sounds now when he has his little Duke conversations. He's probably super at a wine-and-cheese, but when Duke needed leadership, Brodhead simply behaved abominably.

Anonymous said...

One thing this case really highlights is how much reality distortion can be created by a small, extremely vocal group of protestors, particularly when aided and abetted by a willing and uncritical press.

Anonymous said...

I suspect Addison is not talking to the press or bloggers because he has been advised by his attorney not to. As JinC points out, Cpl. Addison has a lot to lose. This case begs for a Federal investigation.

BDay

hman said...

Re: Brodheads latest interview.
I wish that I could have asked a question of him; "Why it take you until December to publically admit that Nifong could not be trusted when the humble bloggers were making a brillantly clear case on the matter since May? Was the subject of too little importance for you to bother learning about?"
The real answer is quite clear: he did not want to let go of being able to appease those in his circle who were desperately attached to the idea that their dream scenario had actually happened.

Anonymous said...

here's an example of a school that actually stands up for its students:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/13/education/
13sorority.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Gary Packwood said...

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Gary Packwood said...

Anonymous 10:47 said..One thing this case really highlights is how much reality distortion can be created by a small, extremely vocal group of protestors, particularly when aided and abetted by a willing and uncritical press.

You should have been on a campus during the war in Southeast Asia!
I can see many similarities.

GP

Insufficiently Sensitive said...

It may be that Dr. Brodhead, safe in his ever-so-collegial administrative world, is so sure of his own grasp of the LAX case that he has never bothered to examine the penetrating reports from KC Johnson, Liestoppers, John in Carolina and the other lightbearers to whom I apologize for not fully naming.

But lacking, or wilfully ignorant of, the detailed information provided by these lightbearers, Dr. Brodhead in his interview merely refers to media reports and to the power of DA Nifong's assertions as the basis of his considerations. He appears to have no second thoughts whatever of the dismal synthesis of the G88, potbangers and prosecutorial voices a year ago - like the class warriors of PC, he seems quite ready to suspend judgement until (and perhaps despite) any final verdict from a trial at law. Just put 'em on trial, and we'll see what turns up.

His lack of curiosity, and failure to pursue all the threads of knowledge and information carefully researched by said lightbearers, lead to serious concerns about his desire to fully inform himself. And this is a professor? An educator? A scholar? Owning such a magisterial indifference to the sum of the facts?

Taking leadership in protecting the accused's civil rights seems to have been a low priority from the beginning - lower than resonating to the dramatic productions of the accusers. Perhaps the Peter Principle is still functional, and his career is another painful example of it.

Anonymous said...

MacD said...
On Ms. Kauffman's involvement... the rally held at 610 N Buchanan was on April 9th. Ms. Kauffman's post to a public bulletin board is surprising in two ways.
1) Her message "From Duke" shows that the University was involved in promoting attendance at a protest rally in front of student housing.
2) The way it's written shows that Durham Police (and Duke Police) may have helped too.
Questions for Ms. Kauffman: Who informed her of the rally? Who asked her to promote the rally on public bulletin boards?
Background: Ms Kauffman is a spokesperson for Duke and is frequently quoted in the press. Her former jobs include once being a reporter at the N&O. Could she be a source to Ruth or one of the other reporters who jumped out early on this story?

Anonymous said...

KC,

Regarding your last paragraph.....

...given the potentially slanderous nature of Addison's poster.....

.....shouldn't it be libelous instead since the poster was something written rather than something said?

Perhaps they can be interchangeable. Just asking.

Debrah

AMac said...

MacD --

You wrote upthread on 3/12/07 at 2:22pm that you found the following post, from Susan Kauffman, Director of Special Projects in Duke's Public Affairs and Government Relations Office (reformatted for clarity):

--begin pasted Yahoo Group post--

"Message from Duke"

Folks, just learned that there is a rally scheduled for 2 p.m. today outside 610 N. Buchanan. African-American ministers are organizing it.

Buses will be bringing students from NCCU. Duke and Durham police will be in attendance.

I apologize for the late notice. Duke Student Affairs and Duke Police were notified yesterday afternoon and asked me to alert listserves, but I hadn't looked at my email since yesterday morning.

SK

--end pasted Yahoo Group post--

The URL, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pac3/message/1836, requires that one be a member of the Yahoo "pac3 (District 3 Partners Against Crime) Group" to view messages.

1. Is the date and time of this post known?

2. What other posts to listservs by Duke people concerned this and other rallies?

3. Was Kauffman's post (posts?) intended to promote the rally, alert certain people to the fact of the rally, or warn about the rally? It's not clear.

4. What were the reasons that Duke Student Affairs and Duke Police wanted Ms. Kauffman to spread the word about this rally?

It would certainly provide helpful context if Ms. Kauffman would release the text of the other listserv items she wrote (if any). As a P.R. spokesperson, she might be willing to offer an explanation of her office's actions, as well.

Anonymous said...

Cedarford & Amac, Thank you for the comments regarding my request for Prof. Johnson to research the post by Amac. I am aware of Prof. Johnson's limited time and was offering merely a suggestion based on the great post. I am more than willing to abide by the agenda KC sets. I always keep an eye open for your posts and find them very interesting. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Just FYI: Pat Radack is a lacrosse dad. His two sons played at Riverside High School, one on the 2001 State Championship team, so I don't think you're going to find any anti-lax bias there.

Jon Ham

Anonymous said...

This event is being organized by: the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ubuntu, Men Against Rape Culture, SpiritHouse, Raleigh Fight Imperialism Stand Together, Southerners on New Ground, Independent Voices, Black Workers for Justice, and Freedom Road Socialist Organization/OSCL.

Let's see.
Black racists; check
Jihadists: check
Communists: check
Feminazis: check
White liberals: check

Looks like a standard democratic party gathering.

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