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Mob rule: Caving in to the outrage

October 03. 2018 11:43PM

Harvard Law School’s decision to cancel the course on the Supreme Court taught for the past decade by Judge Brett Kavanaugh says much more about Harvard Law School than it does about Kavanaugh.

HLS students and alumni protested Kavanaugh returning for three weeks as a lecturer because of unsubstantiated allegations about his behavior in high school and college.

There has never been a question about Kavanaugh’s conduct at Harvard or his qualifications to teach the course.

It is disheartening to see one of the nation’s top law schools embrace this “guilty until proven innocent” mentality. Harvard is not alone. A number of Yale Law School faculty and staff also joined the chorus condemning that school’s suddenly famous graduate.

Meanwhile, the Burlington Book Festival canceled an Oct. 14 fundraiser with author and Union Leader columnist Garrison Keillor after complaints that inviting Keillor would be condoning sexual harassment.

Minnesota Public Radio cut ties with Keillor last year after a former female employee accused him of “sexually inappropriate incidents.” Keillor denied any inappropriate behavior and MPR then made a settlement with him restoring public access to his past shows and paying him money owed.

From the Scottsboro Boys to the Duke lacrosse team, we would hope that mere allegation would no longer be enough to condemn someone. The mob should not be allowed to drive anyone from the public square.


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