“Yale Student Found Not Guilty in Rape Trial” (nytimes) is about a 25-year-old defendant who was found “not guilty” by a jury (but the journalists and editors refer to his unnamed accuser as “the victim” in the last paragraph; what was the unnamed person a victim of, if no crime was committed?). Saifullah Khan was, according to the article, suspended from Yale. Does the school now take him back so that he can finish the degree toward which, presumably, hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been paid? Or do they pocket the money and say “You don’t meet our standards for enrollment”?
What has this guy been doing for 2.5 years? Has he been a full-time defendant or did someone want to hire him to pump septic tanks or do HVAC system maintenance? Did he go back to his native Afghanistan and Skype with his legal defense team as needed? If he does graduate from Yale, who will hire him after doing any kind of Google search? Can he do a legal name change to “Billy Bob Cone” and thus thwart employers or graduate schools that might be interested in this background?
“A New Survey Finds 81 Percent Of Women Have Experienced Sexual Harassment” (PBS) suggests that a significant number of Americans might be cast out of society by the time all of these complaints have been adjudicated. Can those accused and subsequently acquitted worm their way back in? What are the aggregate economic effects?
[Update: Looks like the NYT has edited the article. It now says “Maura Crossin, executive director of the Victim Rights Center of Connecticut, which, along with the state’s attorney’s office, represented the complainant, declined to comment.” So they’ve replaced the word victim with complainant. Also they’ve added the fact that, after a two-week trial, the jury deliberated for three hours, comparable to the 2.5 hours that the jury took to acquit the defendant in the trail chronicle in the Missoula book (see below)..]
- Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town (a.k.a. majoring in partying and football)
- “Khan was charming, ambitious — but dogged by allegations” (Yale News), with some background
- How was the immigration of Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov supposed to benefit native-born Americans? (another person named “Sayfullo” who can probably benefit from a name change, once free of the U.S. judicial system)