Lawyers representing the women who accused a college student of raping them are fighting against the college's decision to reinstate the student after a jury acquitted him on all charges.
It's just another example of how alleged Title IX victims seem to feel entitled to the outcome that they want.
Wisconsin School Reinstates Expelled Wide Receiver After Acquittal
We've blogged about the situation before.
The school opened a Title IX investigation and local district attorneys filed criminal charges, putting Cephus in a bind: If he defended himself in the Title IX case, he could give prosecutors valuable evidence in the criminal case.
He would eventually sue the school for putting him in this pickle, which he claimed violated his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
The school refused to delay the Title IX case while the criminal case moved forward, and Cephus was expelled for sexual misconduct.
Then the criminal case ended with the jury acquitting Cephus on all charges.
Two weeks later, the University of Wisconsin reinstated Cephus as a student on campus.
Alleged Victims Claim Reinstatement Was Wrong
Now, lawyers for the alleged rape victims are claiming that Cephus' reinstatement somehow violates their clients' rights.
While some of their arguments are based on the idea that their clients were not informed that Cephus would be back on campus – something that would probably be an oversight on the university's part – they go much, much further than that.
“We cannot accept that certain members of our community and the University acting as though these women are not deserving of even basic human decency,” one of the lawyers said. “All students who have been – or who might become – victims of sexual violence and assault deserve better than this.”
They go on to argue that, somehow, the alleged victims' due process rights were violated by Cephus' reinstatement at school.
Alleged Victims Seem to Think They're Entitled to an Expulsion After Acquittal
If you read between the lines of the statements made by the victims' lawyers, it's pretty clear that the alleged victims seem to feel entitled to seeing Cephus expelled from school, even though he had been found not guilty by a jury.
That should be disconcerting.
Even though a jury could not find that Cephus had raped the two women, those two women still think that he should be dealing with the penalties and the sanctions – including his expulsion from college – that would have come with a conviction. To then claim that it is their due process rights that are being trampled suggests that they don't know how due process works.
Title IX Defense Lawyer Joseph D. Lento
Joseph D. Lento is a Title IX defense lawyer and national Title IX advisor who represents students, staffers, and faculty members who have been accused of sexual misconduct on campus. Contact him online or call his law office at (888) 535-3686 for help.