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USA: Harvard’s Decision to Buckle to Illiberal Mob Spells Doom For Higher Education

May 17, 2019

Harvard’s Decision to Buckle to Illiberal Mob Spells Doom For Higher Education

The rabid mobs of politically correct indignation have struck again, and a Harvard professor is their latest victim. On May 12, Harvard firedProfessor Ronald Sullivan Jr. and his wife from their positions as faculty dean of the Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s 12 undergraduate dorms. Professor Sullivan sparked student outrage when he agreed to represent the infamous Harvey Weinstein, and now, it seems administrators have caved.

This is a disgrace. Sullivan is the latest victim of a foolish attempt to avenge victims by destroying the very processes that protect us all. Everyone—the accused and the accuser alike—is entitled to legal representation. It’s deeply concerning that this fundamental truth escapes some at America’s most illustrious educational institutions and is increasingly uprooted by brash bullying, unchallenged accusations, and plain dishonesty.

When Professor Sullivan first announced he was defending Harvey Weinstein in February, all hell broke loose. Fifty students demanded his resignation, a petition was circulated against him, and the Association of Black Harvard Women said he “failed them.”

In the eyes of the campus mob, Sullivan was no longer an individual, but a rogue soldier in the war of wokeness. Not falling in lockstep is a grievous sin in the church of identity politics.

Not only are Sullivan’s opponents attacking his individuality, they’re falsely labeling him dangerous too. An op-ed in the Harvard Crimson states that Sullivan’s presence is “a daily reminder” of Weinstein’s case, and therefore disrupts the safety of victims. The same piece claims, however, that merely hearing about sexual assault in the news is similarly dangerous.



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Harvard Fires First Black Dean For Being Harvey Weinstein’s Lawyer



Ronald Sullivan & Harvard Law: Dean’s Removal Is a Blow for Liberty




http://www.slate.fr/story/177273/etats-unis-harvard-ronald-sullivan-jr-avocat-harvey-weinstein-sanction-mauvaise-decision (FRANCAIS)

https://lesobservateurs.ch/2019/05/17/harvard-commet-une-grave-erreur-en-sanctionnant-lavocat-dharvey-weinstein/ (FRANCAIS)

https://jungefreiheit.de/politik/ausland/2019/harvard-professor-verliert-posten-wegen-weinstein-verteidigung/ (DEUTSCH)

https://www.nzz.ch/panorama/weil-er-harvey-weinstein-verteidigt-muss-ein-jus-professor-harvard-verlassen-ld.1482557 (DEUTSCH)

https://derstandard.at/2000103363143/Ronald-S-Sullivan-Uni-Professor-scheiterte-an-Harvey-Weinstein (DEUTSCH)

https://www.compact-online.de/harvard-political-correctness-studenten-bringen-jura-dekan-zu-fall/ (DEUTSCH)

USA: Harvard Drops Harvey Weinstein Lawyer as a Faculty Dean

May 11, 2019

Harvard said on Saturday that a law professor who is representing Harvey Weinstein would not continue as faculty dean of an undergraduate house after his term ends on June 30, bowing to months of pressure from students.

The professor, Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., and his wife, Stephanie Robinson, who is a lecturer at the law school, have been the faculty deans of Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s residential houses for undergraduate students, since 2009. They were the first African-American faculty deans in Harvard’s history.

But when Mr. Sullivan joined the defense team of Mr. Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, in January, many students expressed dismay, saying that his decision to represent a person accused of abusing women disqualified Mr. Sullivan from serving in a role of support and mentorship to students. Mr. Weinstein is scheduled to go to trial in June in Manhattan on rape and related charges.

As the protests continued, with graffiti aimed at Mr. Sullivanappearing on a university building, Harvard administrators said they would conduct what they called a climate review of Winthrop House. In recent weeks, tensions have escalated, with a student sit-in and a lawsuit sparked by a clash between one of the protest leaders and two Winthrop House staff members who were seen as supporting Mr. Sullivan.

On Saturday, the dean of Harvard College, Rakesh Khurana, sent an email to students and staff members at Winthrop House, informing them that he would not renew the appointments of Mr. Sullivan and Ms. Robinson as faculty deans after their terms end on June 30. Mr. Khurana said in his email that the decision was informed “by a number of considerations.”

“Over the last few weeks, students and staff have continued to communicate concerns about the climate in Winthrop House to the college,” he wrote. “The concerns expressed have been serious and numerous. The actions that have been taken to improve the climate have been ineffective, and the noticeable lack of faculty dean presence during critical moments has further deteriorated the climate in the house. I have concluded that the situation in the house is untenable.”



Harvey Weinstein Lawyer, Ronald Sullivan, Sacked As Harvard Dean













Watching Harvard, My Alma Mater, Surrender to the Mob: Kaveh Shahrooz in Quillette


https://news-24.fr/un-professeur-de-harvard-perd-son-role-de-doyen-de-la-chambre-apres-avoir-rejoint-weinstein-defence/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.slate.fr/story/177273/etats-unis-harvard-ronald-sullivan-jr-avocat-harvey-weinstein-sanction-mauvaise-decision (FRANCAIS)

http://mietspiegelnews.com/medien/Harvey-Weinstein-dem-ex-Anwalt-verliert-die-position-an-der-Harvard-trotz-der-sich-aus-der-Falle-h17492.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.nzz.ch/amp/panorama/weil-er-harvey-weinstein-verteidigt-muss-ein-jus-professor-harvard-verlassen-ld.1482557?__twitter_impression=true (DEUTSCH)

http://www.dailyviewsonline.com/economia/Harvey-Weinstein-ex-avvocato-perde-la-posizione-a-Harvard-nonostante-linchino-del-caso-h8853.html (ITALIANO)

USA: Nipsey Hussle: Lawyer quits over violent threats to family

May 11, 2019

Chris Darden and Eric Holder

(Chris Darden (left) was hired as the defence lawyer for Eric Holder (right))

The lawyer representing a man accused of shooting rapper Nipsey Hussle has announced he’s quitting the case.

Chris Darden said it was because “threats” had been made to members of his family including his children.

In April Nipsey Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was shot multiple times outside a clothing shop he owned in Los Angeles.

Eric Holder, 29, is awaiting trial over the shooting and faces life in jail if convicted.

Writing on Facebook Chris Darden said “cowards” had contacted him anonymously online.

He said he would continue his work as a lawyer but would no longer be defending Eric Holder.

Chris Darden is one of the most well-known lawyers in the US. He was a prosecutor during the famous OJ Simpson trial in 1995.

Former American football star and actor OJ Simpson was found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Darden claimed threats were made against him when he worked on that case and said he was disappointed that things hadn’t changed.

“These days these cowards don’t send letters instead they sit anonymously behind keyboards threatening a man’s mother and children.

“And some folks think that’s funny. It isn’t and I won’t ever forget it. Their lies and threats will never deter me from my mission,” he said.





Chris Darden Receives Threats For Representing Nipsey Hussle’s Killer


USA: Students Stage Sit-In at Winthrop Dining Hall, Protest Harvard Dean Sullivan

May 5, 2019

Winthrop Sit-In 1

Holding red and black posters reading “Reclaim Winthrop” and “#MeToo,” three student groups staged a sit-in in the Winthrop House dining hall Friday amid controversy surrounding Faculty Dean Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr.’s decision to represent Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Our Harvard Can Do Better — an anti-sexual assault advocacy organization — read a list of demands at the event, including calling on the College to publicize the results of a climate review of Winthrop House and to create a system to hold faculty deans accountable. They also demanded that Sullivan apologize to house affiliates and delegate his ceremonial duties during Commencement to “an alternate,” and called for an “end to intimidation tactics.”

In an interview Sunday, Our Harvard Can Do Better member Amelia Y. Goldberg ’19 said the groups have demanded that the administration complete the review and announce what action it would take by May 29.

Sullivan did not respond to a request for comment. College spokesperson Rachael Dane declined to comment on the students’ demands.

The Association of Black Harvard Women and Student Labor Action Movement also sponsored the event. Our Harvard Can Do Better member Remedy H. Ryan ’21 wrote in a text that 178 undergraduates put their names on a sign-in sheet the organization distributed. Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana also attended part of the event.

Since Sullivan announced his decision to represent Weinstein in late January, students have spoken out at protests and written posts calling for him to step down as faculty dean — arguing that his representation of Weinstein is inconsistent with his role as the dean of an undergraduate house.

The College announced in February that former Dean of Freshman Thomas A. Dingman ’67 would conduct a climate review of Winthrop as a result of student concerns over Sullivan’s decision. As part of the review, administrators circulated a survey among Winthrop undergraduates, asking students to rate the house on a variety of metrics like homophobia, elitism, and friendliness.

The controversy in Winthrop House escalated in April when Danu A.K. Mudannayake ’20 — a Crimson design editor and activist who has led calls for Sullivan to step down as faculty dean — and Winthrop tutor Carl L. Miller filed conflicting police reports against each other after a confrontation in the house dining hall.

Following the incident, Miller and his wife, Winthrop tutor Valencia Miller, suedEliot Faculty Dean Gail A. O’Keefe for defamation in part because O’Keefe sent an email to Eliot residents defending Mudannayake and calling the Millers’ conduct “unprofessional.”

The Millers’ lawyer, George J. Leontire, said he believes the student protesters have acted inappropriately towards his clients.








Harvard dean joins student sit-in against black law professor representing Harvey Weinstein

Harvard student paper subpoenaed in lawsuit stemming from activism against Harvey Weinstein’s black lawyer



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USA: Anarchists Flood Office of Portland ICE Union Lawyer

May 5, 2019

Anarchists Flood Office of Portland ICE Union Lawyer

Anarchists on April 30 flooded the office of a Portland lawyer who represents the union for agents of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE).

Since last year, Portland has been the setting of many so-called “Abolish ICE” protests. The local ICE building was shut down in June amid a days-long protest. Even being affiliated with ICE may bring the vandals.

A garden hose was pushed by the vandals through the mail slot of Sean Riddell’s law office, according to Willamette Week. The main floor and the basement were soaked.

“We decided to congratulate him on his new building by unraveling his garden hose, pushing it through his mail slot, and turning on the water,” read an anonymous letter sent to Willamette Week by the self-identified anarchists. “Our goal was to cause the maximum economic damage, that should serve as a warning to all individuals and businesses that profit off the human misery perpetrated by ICE.”

The anarchists stated that they vandalized Riddell’s new law office because “he bought it with funds earned by representing the ICE union,” reported Willamette Week. Riddell moved into the office in November.

Riddell said that although thousands of dollars in water damage was done, it may be covered by his insurance. Nonetheless, he criticized the vandals actions as cowardly.




Anarchists Flood Office of Lawyer Representing National ICE Council as a ‘Warning’ in Intimidation Attempt


Pakistan/USA/The Netherlands: Lawyer of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Nominated For Rights Award

April 30, 2019


Lawyer Saif-ul-Malook, who prevented the execution of a Pakistani Christian woman, has been nominated by several European Parliamentarians for a top rights award. Legislators say the lawyer should receive the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award for his courage in defending Asia Bibi, who faced the death penalty in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy against Islam.

In November 2018, he fled Pakistan because of death threats from Islamists after Pakistan’s Supreme Court decided to acquit Bibi from all accusations of blasphemy.

When the Supreme Court decided to review the acquittal, Saif-ul-Malook returned to Pakistan to represent Bibi. “The courage Saif has shown in the whole case is remarkable,” said Dutchman Peter van Dalen of the ChristianUnion-SGP faction in the European Parliament. His office told BosNewsLife that several other European lawmakers also nominated the lawyer including Manfred Weber, the chairman of the influential European Peoples Party, and other parliamentarians.

The Four Freedoms Awards are presented annually to those showing a significant commitment to one of four principles proclaimed by late U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt as essential to democracy: ‘freedom of speech and expression,’ ‘freedom of worship,’ ‘freedom from want’ and ‘freedom from fear.’


The prize is given in alternate years in New York City by the Roosevelt Institute to Americans and in Middelburg, The Netherlands, by the Roosevelt Foundation to non-Americans. Legislators nominate Saif-ul-Malook under the ‘freedom of fear’ category because of “the great courage” he showed while defending Bibi, explained Van Dalen. “Despite the tensions surrounding the case and the threats to himself and his family, Saif-ul-Malook stood firm. He ensured that Asia Bibi had a strong defense”, Van Dalen he said in a statement.

Van Dalen described the lawyer as “a modern-day Good Samaritan and an example of how we can help each other regardless of differences in our religions or beliefs” and added that it “is an honor to represent him for this prize.”


Lawyer of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Nominated For Rights Award

Asia Bibi’s Lawyer Nominated for Prestigious Human Rights Award




https://www.rd.nl/vandaag/binnenland/advocaat-bibi-genomineerd-voor-prijs-1.1564671 (NEDERLAND)

https://www.nd.nl/nieuws/geloof/advocaat-van-asia-bibi-genomineerd-voor.3360052.lynkx (NEDERLAND)

https://www.fourfreedoms.nl/ (NEDERLAND)

http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/magazine/2019/04/24/blasfema-la-storia-di-asia-bibi_51418d53-2981-4d66-8e0f-4cedd4ea8930.html (ITALIANO)

USA: Black attorney says deputy thought he was a suspect and detained him at court

March 27, 2019

A black lawyer has filed a complaint against a Maryland sheriff’s deputy who detained him in court thinking he was a suspect in a case and did not believe he was an attorney.

In a complaint, Rashad James with the Maryland Legal Aid said a Harford County deputy thought he was his client impersonating a lawyer and questioned him at the county courthouse. James’ client is also black but was not present at the hearing March 6 to file a petition for expungement — which was granted — the attorney told NBCBLK.

After a successful hearing, James says the officer didn’t believe his driver’s license was valid. He says he was the only black attorney in the courtroom and it was his first time representing a client in Harford County.