Linfield University is in total meltdown right now, and it sure is something to see. You know what might have helped them? Some fidelity to their free speech and due process guarantees. Tenured professor they did this to. 👇… Image
Suffice it to say, summoning someone to a meeting in the morning and firing them before dinnertime is not the process of removing a tenured professor for cause at Linfield.… Image
The stuff of banana republics.… Image
Statement on the situation at Linfield University from @TheFIREorg’s @adamsteinbaugh, ICYMI. More to come from FIRE.
At least one alum writing @LinfieldUniv out of her will for its summary firing of tenured professor and critic of leadership.… Image
That latest @Oregonian feature mentions @TheFIREorg’s letter to @LinfieldUniv, and you can read it here:…
In convo w/ @Oregonian, @adamsteinbaugh mentions the last time something like this likely happened in our experience, at Mount St. Mary’s U (in 2016, not 2006). What Linfield should have in mind is it very quickly cost MSMU’s President his job.

See:… Image
Meanwhile, Linfield students/faculty, if you get in trouble for posting these flyers around campus, let @TheFIREorg know! (…) It is safe to say they are not at all above trying to sanction you for this. Image
Press release from @TheFIREorg on the [gestures wildly] at @LinfieldUniv:…
Linfield University's assault on free speech, academic freedom, due process, tenure, its own reputation gives us, via @tebartl & @jackstripling, one of the wilder ledes you'll ever read in the @chronicle.… Image
If you've seen my thread on @LinfieldUniv but not @adamsteinbaugh's, do rectify that, starting with his coverage from today:
Also, ICYMI, several hundred faculty and counting have signed on to this open letter calling for Prof @pollackpelzner's reinstatement, and if you're interested in joining them you can do so here:…

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28 Apr
Chaos, calamitous error, administrative nightmare -- all terms used by Mahanoy district's attorney in opening statements for why Tinker should apply off campus. #SCOTUS #Mahanoy…
The ever-present subtext of the Mahanoy oral arguments is 'hot damn, we've sure made an incoherent doctrine on K-12 student speech, haven't we?' #SCOTUS
Kavanaugh: As a coach and a judge, a year's suspension from the squad for venting on social media seems pretty darn steep #Mahanoy #SCOTUS
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20 Jun 20
11th Circuit rejected qualified immunity for a drug detective who used an years-old uncorroborated claim he didn't bother verifying to get a drug warrant, which ended with a man being shot to death in his home, where no drugs were found.…
In same case, Sheriff (whose QI was upheld in this lawsuit), had previously admitted to lying about there being DNA evidence connecting man to drug theft…
Also in qualified immunity news: District judge in Kansas rejects QI & allows suit to proceed against officer who shot Andrew Finch outside his home in swatting case brought by Tyler Barriss' hoax call. Barriss is doing 20 years for his part in the crime.…
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A Pennsylvania jury acquitted a man charged with resisting arrest.

Then the judge absolutely lit into the police, slamming their violent arrest, their ugliness to his neighbors, and their demeanor at the trial, and straight accused them of perjury.…
Not to mention some very choice words for the DA’s office for deciding to prosecute. This whole thing is just outstanding.…
Twitter’s 280 character limit is great because you can fit some of judge Dantos’ most brutal slams of the Allentown police and their arrest/conduct at trial in a single tweet. 👉🏻
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This is just staggeringly awful. A basic traffic stop ended with a police officer tasing a man 11 times, the 11th by pulling down his shorts and tasing him in the testicles. His children saw the entire thing. Wanton, sadistic stuff. And there's more.… /1
Here's how that scene played out according to the lawsuit the man just filed. Just one of the many circumstances of being pinned to the asphalt while being tased: it was 108 degrees in Glendale that day. /2…
More: Police arrested the man for resisting arrest and assault. (They also arrested his wife.) He was in jail for months because he couldn't afford bail. And it seems that once the DA's office finally saw the video, they couldn't drop the charges quickly enough. /3
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The issues brought to the fore by the California chief prison psychiatrist's incredibly damning report on prisoners' mental health treatment, for which the state has been accountable to a federal court since the 1990s, is really, really something. (1)…
First, a lot of good reporting on this issue has been done by @sacbee_news' @StantonSam, so I'd check him out. (2)…
To oversimplify Golding's report, he makes at least three major accusations against CA corrections department.

First: A lot of deceptive methods that add up to the department grossly overstating its data on things like timely patient care. E.g., (3)…
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22 Feb 18
I haven't thought of this in ages, but I remembered, reading the reporting on the #Parkland survivors' meeting with Trump that I have been a fly on the wall in a meeting of this nature, and it is one of the singular experiences of my life. /1
First, some background. From roughly 2005-2011, I wrote and developed a play based on the experiences of attorney Kenneth Feinberg as the special master of the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund. As research, we had several hours of on-record conversation. /2
That fund, briefly, was designed to provide financial compensation to the families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks, as well as those injured, in exchange for forgoing litigation against United and American Airlines. In the end, Feinberg disbursed roughly $7 billion. /3
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