Father of student accused of rape defends due process
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Father of student accused of rape defends due process


>>FORMER DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE AND YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT DEPOSING THE PRESIDENT, THAT SOUNDS POLITICAL.>>IT SOUNDS RIGHTEOUS.>>HOW SO?>>BECAUSE MY CLIENT IS CREDIBLE, SHE’S TELLING THE TRUTH.>>MY UNDERSTANDING THAT DR. FORD HAS ALREADY PASSED A LIE DETECTOR TEST. IF THERE IS NO NEED TO GO FORWARD WITH THIS NOMINATION AT THIS STAGE.>>I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH CALLING OUT PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE ME FOR NOT DOING ENOUGH TO DEFEND WOMEN AND MINORITIES AND PEOPLE OF COLOR AND I’M GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT.>>Martha: NOW THAT MICHAEL AVENATTI HAS BEEN ACCUSED HIMSELF OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, HE IS A BIG FAN OF DUE PROCESS FOR BOTH SIDES. WOMEN INCLUDING HIS EX-WIFE HAD COME TO HIS DEFENSE. IN THIS CASE, DO NOT #BelieveSurvivors . EACH CIRCUMSTANCE IS UNIQUE AND EACH NEEDS TO BE TREATED AS SUCH. EACH ACCUSER AND ACCUSED. THAT IS HOW OUR SYSTEM OF JUSTICE WORKS IN THIS COUNTRY. NOW EDUCATION SECOND BETSY DeVOS IS DEMANDING AFTER A YEAR OF STUDYING HOW THESE CASES ARE HANDLED ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, UNDER STRICT RULES THAT WERE IMPOSED ON THEM BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THAT THERE WAS A LACK OF JUSTICE IN THE WAY THEY WERE CARRIED OUT. IN MANY CASES, YOUNG MEN WERE RIGHTFULLY PUNISHED AND KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL AND THE WOMEN WHO ACCUSE THEM WERE VINDICATED. IN OTHERS, YOUNG MEN WERE KICKED OUT AFTER A SHAM A HEARING IN WHICH THEY WERE NOT EVEN ALLOWED TO SEE THE EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM, IN SOME CASES THEY WERE NOT PERMITTED TO HAVE A LAWYER PRESENT WITH THEM DURING THE PROCEEDINGS. WHILE THEY WERE INTERROGATED BY A PANEL OF THREE PROFESSORS WHO WERE CHOSEN BY A SCHOOL. HE KNOWS THAT SITUATION ALL TOO WELL BECAUSE IT HAPPENED TO HIS SON.>>GLAD TO BE BACK WITH YOU AGAIN.>>Martha: THIS IS A STORY THAT I KNOW LEFT A DEEP MARK ON YOUR LIFE, YOUR SON WAS ACCUSED OF RAPE AND HE WAS EXONERATED BY HIS SCHOOL. THEN THEY SAID WE THINK THIS DID ACTUALLY HAPPEN, IT WAS A TORTUROUS PROCESS THAT HE WAS EVENTUALLY FOUND TO BE DASHED FREE OF AND HE WAS NOT FOUND GUILTY OF. THE WOMAN WHO ACCUSED HIM STILL STANDS BY HER ACCUSATION. WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE PROCESS THAT YOU SAW?>>WE ACTUALLY HAD A MUCH BETTER SITUATION THAN A LOT OF THESE FAMILIES TODAY. WE ACTUALLY WERE AFFORDED SOME DUE PROCESS AT MY SON’S SCHOOL. THE PROBLEM WAS THE PUSH FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PUSHING THE SCHOOLS TO FIND THESE YOUNG MEN GUILTY OR RESPONSIBLE AND GET THEM OFF CAMPUS. THEY WEAPONIZE THE SCHOOLS TO DO THIS BY THREATENING TO TAKE AWAY THEIR FEDERAL FUNDING IF THEY DIDN’T. THAT WAS THE BIG PROBLEM IN OUR CASE AND REMAINS A PROBLEM TODA TODAY. WHAT WE ARE HOPING WITH THESE NEW RULES AND WE ARE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC AS THE DAYS OF THE KANGAROO COURTS AND COLLEGES IS GONE. THESE COLLEGES WILL STOP RAILROADING YOUNG MEN AND NOT AFFORDING THEM ANY DUE PROCESS WHATSOEVER AND CALLING THEM GUILTY UPON ACCUSATION.>>Martha: THERE WAS A PUSH AS WE SAY UNDER THESE NEW RULES THAT WENT INTO IT A FACT, THERE WAS ALL THIS DISCUSSION OF RAPE CULTURE AND HOW THERE WAS A RAPE CULTURE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND HOW IT WAS ALMOST EPIDEMIC. AND THE ONLY WAY TO STOP IT WAS TO MAKE SURE THAT IF SOMEONE WAS A KEY WAS THAT THEY WERE BASICALLY IN MANY CASES ALMOST IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM CAMPUS. THAT’S HOW THE SCHOOLS SHOWED THEY WERE TAKING IT GENUINELY SERIOUSLY.>>THAT’S CORRECT. IT AMAZES ME, THOUGH STATISTICS ARE STILL BEING USED TODAY BY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PERPETUATE THIS FOR REASONS THAT IT AMAZES ME — I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND IT AT ALL. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH BEEN THE CAS CASE. THERE WAS A PROBLEM IN THE PROBLEM WAS SITUATIONS IN INSTANCES WHERE YOUNG WOMEN WERE GETTING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AND MAYBE IT WAS A HIGH-PROFILE ATHLETE OR SOMEONE LIKE THAT ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS AND IT GOT PUSHED UNDER THE RUG AND CERTAINLY THAT HAS HAPPENED. THE RESPONSE WAS TO CREATE AN IMAGINARY EPIDEMIC ON IMAGINARY CRISIS THAT EXISTED WITH STATISTICS OF ONE IN FIVE WOMEN IN COLLEGE ARE BEING SEXUALLY INSULTED WHICH IS LUNACY. AND YET THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR SOME REASON LATCHED ONTO THIS AND THAT WAS THE POINT OF THEM PERPETUATING THIS FARCE AND CREATING THESE RULES.>>Martha: THE TRAGEDY AND THIS IS THE CASES THAT ARE GENUINE NEEDS TO BE RESOLVED, THERE IS NOT A GOOD ENOUGH PROCESS WHERE BOTH SIDES FEEL THAT THEY ARE HEARD AND THE TRUTH CAN RULE OUT IN THE END. THANK YOU.>>JUST TO SAY THAT THERE ARE WOMEN THAT MEN RAPE WOMEN AND WOMEN LIE ABOUT MEN AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A GOOD RULE OF LAW IN OUR PROCESS TO ENSURE

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