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A Law School Dean Offers Grief Counseling to “Hysterical” Students after Trump Wins: Legal Reasoning Suffers

Michael Schwartz, dean of the law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock announced in November, 2016 that he would resign the following summer. His accomplishments included a lawyer-student mentoring program, live-client learning sessions, and a low-income clinic in the Arkansas Delta.[1]The trigger for his resignation was a school-wide email he had sent to students just days earlier in which he announced that he was making counseling available to any student who was upset by the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President. Besides effectively normalizing over-reactions and failing to recognize normal venting, the dean’s email interjected partisan politics, albeit tacitly, into higher education. Rather than turn the popularized context into a teachable moment for assumption-analysis, the dean modeled what happens when unsupported assumptions run unchecked. In the end, the legal reasoning of students could suffer.

The full essay is at “Grief Counseling to Hysterical Students.”


1. Emily Walkenhorst, “UALR Law School Dean to Exit Post,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, November 19, 2016.

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Otto’s constitutional dishonesty

Rachel Stassen-Berger’s article highlights two frightening facts. First, it highlights the fact that Gov. Dayton doesn’t take his oath of office seriously. In his oath of office, governors swear to protect the state and federal constitution. When asked “Thursday if he believes he signed an unconstitutional law, Dayton said, ‘It’s fine with me if they […]

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Marilyn Mosby’s legal predicament

After Marilyn Mosby dropped the remaining charges against the 6 Baltimore police officers, it didn’t take long for the other shoe to drop. 5 of those 6 officers have filed a civil lawsuit against Ms. Mosby. According to the article, “In several lawsuits filed earlier this year, Officers William Porter, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, Lt. […]

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Remaining Freddie Gray charges dropped

The remaining charges against the officers in the Freddie Gray case have been dropped. That’s what the Baltimore Sun is reporting. UPDATE: Fox is now reporting that Marilyn Mosby failed to get a single conviction in the Freddie Gray case.

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Open letter to Rush: words have meaning

In Rush’s attempt to defend Donald Trump’s indefensible statements about banning Muslims from entering the country, he argued that Trump’s ‘policy’ has historical precedent. Specifically, he said “Here is number eight US Code 1182, inadmissible aliens. This law was written in 1952. It was passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress, House and Senate, and signed by […]

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Alan Dershowitz praises Megyn Kelly

Early in this video, Alan Dershowitz lavishly praised Megyn Kelly’s opening monologue defending the First Amendment: First, here’s a partial transcript of Megyn Kelly’s opening monologue: MEGYN KELLY: Well, last night we had a thoughtful discussion about free speech and American values and why our commitment to liberty as a nation requires everyone to stand […]

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Chisholm should be disbarred

When I first read David French’s article, my first reaction was that John T. Chisholm, the Milwaukee County District Attorney, should be disbarred, then tried and convicted, then thrown into prison for a very long time. Chisholm is a progressive political hack with a mission to destroy the conservative movement in Wisconsin: Cindy Archer, one […]

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The Totalitarian Left’s intimidation

The Totalitarian Left’s intimidation tactics might’ve reached criminal level. Glenn Reynolds explains in this USA Today special op-ed: When Vladimir Putin sends government thugs to raid opposition offices, the world clucks its tongue. But, after all, Putin’s a corrupt dictator, so what do you expect? But in Wisconsin, Democratic prosecutors were raiding political opponents’ homes […]

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Distrusting Hillary, distrusting Kendall

I didn’t trust Hillary when she said she’d turned over all of her work-related emails to the State Department. That’s just one reason why I don’t believe it when her lawyer, David Kendall, when he said that Hillary’s private emails have been destroyed: WASHINGTON — An examination of the server that housed the personal email […]

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Dislike lawyers? Here’s a list of 10 more reasons why!

Nothing Says ‘Super Bowl’ Party Like Barack Obama Toilet Paper!!Or, if that doesn’t HIT the spot, might I suggest The Obama Punching Bag instead?You hear the joke about what 100 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean are called?This article contains a list…

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Davenport’s disaster, Part III

Part I of this series highlighted a timeline of events that led to the termination of Todd Hoffner, the head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Part II highlighted some of President Davenport’s rationalizations for terminating Coach Hoffner. This post will highlight the substantive complaints from Coach Hoffner’s attorneys. This paragraph is particularly noteworthy: […]

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Davenport’s disaster, Part II

This post about Richard Davenport’s termination of Coach Todd Hoffner highlights the timeline of Mankato State University, Mankato’s investigation that ultimately led to Coach Hoffner’s termination. This post will highlight the OLA’s report of what happened that triggered the investigation: On August 10, 2012, Coach Hoffner asked a MSU, Mankato information technology staff person to […]

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Chilling speech, buying elections

Few apolitical people know that the Democratic Party has put in place a system that chills political involvement and that buys elections. I have proof that both statements are true. Starting with buying elections, this story proves that the DFL broke Minnesota’s campaign lawss and bought 11 Senate seats: The Republican Party of Minnesota began […]

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Watchdog exposes Democrats’ witch hunt machine

Thanks to this article by the Wisconsin Reporter, conservatives can learn about the Democratic Party’s witch hunt machine. Anyone that thinks Democrats are nice people that conservatives simply disagree with is badly mistaken. Read the article, then tell me that: MADISON, Wis. – Conservative targets of a Democrat-launched John Doe investigation have described the secret […]

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Man Can’t Sue Judge Who Had Affair With His Wife During Child-Support Case

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That’s the ruling of the Sixth Circuit Appeals court in a case brought by a Detroit man against disgraced Wayne County former judge Wade McCree Jr.

McCree, the son of the first black Justice to sit on the Sixth Circuit was disrobed and lost his judgeship for cute tricks like propositioning bailiffs, having sex in his chambers, trading sex for judicial rulings, sending inappropriate selfies and other misconduct was being sued by a Detroit man who the former judge slapped with outrageously high child support payments – while Judge McCree was having an affair with the other litigant in the case, the man’s former wife. Mccree was sexting her from the bench, having sex with her in his judicial chambers and actively enjoying an affair that ultimately ended in an abortion.

 

Even though the Michigan Supreme Court removed him from the bench and was subsequently suspended without pay for 6 years, something the Michigan Supreme Court imposed because they honestly thought McCree could easily win reelection on racial grounds in Wayne County regardless of his carry on.

But the Sixth Circuit held that Judge McCree couldn’t be sued civilly for any harms he caused while on the bench, regardless of his record.

According to the strict letter of the law, they’re correct. Judicial civil immunity was upheld in Bradley v. Fisher, 80 U.S. 335, 348 (1871):

If civil actions could be maintained… against the judge, because the losing party should see fit to allege in his complaint that the acts of the judge were done with partiality, or maliciously, or corruptly, the protection essential to judicial independence would be entirely swept away.

Since then, courts have consistently ruled against plaintiffs attempting to sue judges.

There have been a few successful cases (In 1996 in Tennessee, a juvenile court judge who was accused of violating the civil rights of three women by sexually assaulting them and threatening to take their kids away if they reported it was denied judicial immunity by the same 6th Circuit) but not many.

Detroit attorney Joel Sklar, who represented the plaintiff in this case wants to take it to the Supreme Court.

“This conduct is absurd,” Sklar said. “It’s so beyond description. A judge uses his chambers to have sex with a litigant? … If this isn’t too far, what is too far?”

There has been a movement, albeit a small one to waive judicial immunity in cases where a judge’s misconduct has caused him to be removed from th ebench. We’ll see if the Supremes hear this one.
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A Nation under Laws or a Nation under Ideology?

It seems the fate of the Nation may come down to who can read a single declarative sentence and understand what it was actually meant to say. left or right, that still is one key ingredient of civilization. Yesterday, in Halbig v Burwell, the DC Appeals Court ruled Obamacare “…does not authorize theRead More

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If you’re a lawyer…

Then I need your help!If you’re reading this article it’s because you have grown accustomed to the content at The Political Commentator such as yesterdays very popular offering titled ‘Family Photo: Politically incorrect and hilarious!’Today, however, …

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Liberal fascism, St. Cloud edition

One of the things Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism talks about is how progressives don’t debate things anymore. The goal of their nastiest diatribes is about shutting down debate. St. Cloud isn’t immune to this type of fascism. Check out the comments to Barbara Banaian’s monthly column: Mary Langerude · Top Commenter · Saint Cloud, […]

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Article V, Selling Tainted Beef to the States

(Photo credit, Allen Ness, the artist) The Tuscon Ring Almost everyone knows the story about Geronimo, how he broke out of the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona and went on a rampage before he was finally captured in 1886. What most people don’t know is the front end of thatRead More

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