What has become of due process in this country?
Especially when it comes to our colleges?
This should absolutely stun and frighten you if you’re a college age man:
At a congressional hearing on campus sexual assault, Colorado Rep. Jared Polis suggested that expelling students based solely on the idea that they might have committed a crime is an acceptable standard. And the hearing audience applauded him.
Polis, a Democrat, was discussing due process and standards of evidence as they apply to colleges and universities adjudicating sexual assault. Currently, colleges must be only 50.01 percent sure that an accusation is valid before punishing an accused student (more on that later). Polis began advocating for allowing colleges to use a lower standard than that.
“I mean, if there’s 10 people that have been accused and under a reasonable likelihood standard maybe one or two did it, seems better to get rid of all 10 people,” Polis said. “We’re not talking about depriving them of life or liberty, we’re talking about their transfer to another university.”
For this, the audience applauded.
Of course I understand why the audience applauded. It was loaded with people supporting the “victims” who were testifying and should come as no surprise. But what about the resident idiot Polis? Can he even imagine the same standard applied to him? Glenn Reynolds applies it:
Well, since there’s at least a 20% chance that Polis is a corrupt hack, let’s just boot him from Congress and disqualify him from holding any future office. After all, it’s not like we’re putting him in jail or anything.
After all, one only has to look at our Congress to understand that corruption is rampant and he’s as likely corrupt as the next guy.
Trust me, if he were caught up in some sort of movement like that he’d be whining his head off about “due process”. He declare any move to oust him a “witch hunt”. He’d scream for the rule of law.
But, in order to toe the liberal line and since he’s all about toeing that line, he’ll put those principles aside in order to do so.