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The strange justice of colleges and universities — and the Obama administration

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Beltway Confidential,Opinion,Education,Michael Barone,Law,Higher Education

The indefatigable KC Johnson, co-author with Stuart Taylor of the excellent Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, weighs in with a powerful indictment of what he calls "the strange injustice of campus rape trials."

He leaves no doubt that colleges and universities, including some very highly visible ones, have been conducting kangaroo courts with the strong encouragement, if not at the direction, of the Obama administration. Verdict first, testimony later seems to be the standard operating procedure; the complainant is always presumed to be truthful and the defendant a felon.

And it's not just the liberal campuses in the Northeast and West Coast that are at fault. An especially vivid example cited by Johnson is James Taranto's Wall Street Journal article on an injustice perpetrated at Auburn University. Colleges and universities, egged on by this administration, seem to be conducting a war against men.

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