Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Panel: Law School Did Not Prove That Prof's Classroom Hypos Were Racist

Connell 2 Following up on my prior posts (links below): Philadelphia Inquirer, Lawyer: Allegations against Widener Law Prof Unproven:

A Widener University Law School panel formed to investigate allegations that a tenured professor made racist, sexist, and violent statements has found that the accusations were "not proven," the professor's attorney said Thursday.

Lawrence Connell, who has taught at the Wilmington school for 26 years, was accused of using violent hypothetical examples involving his attempting to shoot Linda L. Ammons, dean of the law school, as part of classes on criminal procedure late last year.

He also is accused of making a series of racist and sexist statements. Connell, who has been on paid administrative leave, denies the allegations and claims that Ammons is trying to fire him because of his conservative political views.

Whether the panel's decision means Connell will be reinstated was not immediately clear.

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Please, any modern academic can tell from the color of his skin that he's racist.

Posted by: bonzo | Jul 21, 2011 11:37:33 PM

This reverse-racist, anti-intellectual, anti-consevative totalitarian, liberal group-think, Dean "of color" is TYPICAL of educrats in laws schools and colleges and universities.

I tend to agree with Professor Connell - she's "out to get him" because of his conservative political viewpoints. A prime example of the ongoing lack of diversity of thought in "academe".

Too many lawyers being graduated anyway; too many non-competent, uneducated-but credentialed college grads unable to find a job. The Education Bubble is slowly but surely losing air...

Posted by: jgreene | Jul 22, 2011 7:55:08 AM

I'm not a bit surprised. This is exactly what happened to a professor whose story was covered in the documentary Indoctrinate U.

She was the chair of the Psychology department when it was discovered that she was in fact a politically conservative person. Not because she was preaching in the classroom (unlike her leftist colleagues), but because of her husband's involvement in the local Republican party. That is when the political hate machine went to work on her. The things they did are as predictable as they are disgusting. They removed her as chair, attempted to get her fired, repeatedly forced her to move her office about, and generally played all of the dirty tricks that the left employs against people who aren't part of the cult. At one point she was told, and I quote, "We never would have hired you if we knew you were a Republican." All this from a group of trained psychologists.

This sort of evil is nothing new for these people. It is who they are and what they do. What surprises me in the case involving this law professor is that the review board wasn't in on the scam and actually attempted to find the truth.

Posted by: Lee Reynolds | Jul 22, 2011 8:46:30 AM

I wonder what standard of proof was required. For civil rights and campus rape allegations its evidently "preponderance of the evidence."

Posted by: Yo Gabba Gabba | Jul 22, 2011 9:32:23 AM

Violent Just-Say-X scenarios? In the teaching of law? What's the world coming to?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that if he hypothesized to the class about shooting, say, Condoleeza Rice, he wouldn't be facing charges of racism, sexism, or violent behavior.

Posted by: hitnrun | Jul 22, 2011 10:42:31 AM

How can we even tell her race with all that egg on her face?

Posted by: Wondertrev | Jul 22, 2011 11:00:42 AM

The Dean is an embarrassment and should resign as soon as possible.

Posted by: mike livingston | Jul 22, 2011 12:45:03 PM

and these people run our Law schools? Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: PTL | Jul 22, 2011 2:57:39 PM

sigh. when will left, right, and in between learn that there are intolerent/extremest people on both sides of the isle and both say (ala rush limbaugh v. helen thomas) and do vile things.

Johnny Cash said it all:

There once was a musical troupe
A pickin' singin' folk group
They sang the mountain ballads
And the folk songs of our land

They were long on musical ability
Folks thought they would go far
But political incompatibility led to their downfall

Well, the one on the right was on the left
And the one in the middle was on the right
And the one on the left was in the middle
And the guy in the rear was a Methodist

This musical aggregation toured the entire nation
Singing the traditional ballads
And the folk songs of our land
They performed with great virtuosity
And soon they were the rage
But political animosity prevailed upon the stage

Well, the one on the right was on the left
And the one in the middle was on the right
And the one on the left was in the middle
And the guy in the rear burned his driver's license

Well the curtain had ascended
A hush fell on the crowd
As thousands there were gathered to hear The folk songs of our land
But they took their politics seriously
And that night at the concert hall
As the audience watched deliriously
They had a free-for-all

Well, the one on the right was on the bottom
And the one in the middle was on the top
And the one on the left got a broken arm
And the guy in the rear, said, "Oh dear"

Now this should be a lesson if you plan to start a folk group
Don't go mixin' politics with the folk songs of our land
Just work on harmony and diction
Play your banjo well
And if you have political convictions keep them to yourself

Now, the one on the left works in a bank
And the one in the middle drives a truck
The one on the right's an all-night deejay
And the guy in the rear got drafted

(I hope that the younger people out there get the burned his driver's licese and drafted interplay, and know what an all-night deejay is...well, was)

Posted by: tax guy | Jul 23, 2011 9:04:20 AM

If it would have been a liberal professor saying that about a conservative Dean there would have been a howling cry from coast to coast. The Right likes to play the victim card, especially after they have been caught behaving badly. But for God's sake don't do to them as they do to one can whine louder. The tears from Beck and co would have been fun to see.

Posted by: George W | Jul 25, 2011 9:19:51 AM