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Harvard Caves to Student Mob, Fires Ronald Sullivan for Being Harvey Weinstein's Lawyer

"We are surprised and dismayed by the action Harvard announced today."

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Harvard University's administration has unilaterally surrendered to a mob of student-activists demanding the termination of law professor Ronald Sullivan as faculty dean of Winthrop House, an undergraduate residence, over his "trauma-inducing" decision to join Harvey Weinstein's legal defense team.

"I am writing to let you know that Ronald Sullivan and Stephanie Robinson will not be continuing as your Faculty Deans when their term ends on June 30, 2019," Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana wrote in an email to Winthrop House students on Saturday.

Robinson is Sullivan's wife and co-faculty dean of Winthrop House. They were the first African-Americans to serve in this position.

Sullivan, who remains a Harvard law professor, is a man with quite a resume: He advised Sen. Barack Obama on criminal justice issues in 2008, represented the family of Michael Brown in their suit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, and is responsible for the release of more than 6,000 wrongfully incarcerated people. His clients have included accused murderers and terrorists, consistent with the liberal principle that everyone accused of a crime deserves expert legal representation.

But in the wake of Sullivan's decision to serve as legal counsel for Weinstein, Harvard student-activists have embraced a different view. Danu Mudannayake, one the students leading the campaign to remove Sullivan, described the professor's representation of Weinstein as "not only upsetting, but deeply trauma-inducing" and evidence that he "does not value the safety of students he lives within Winthrop House." According to Mudannayake and her fellow radicals, Sullivan has made Harvard an unsafe and hostile educational environment.

These are absurd accusations, and Khurana foolishly gave credence to them when he agreed to investigate Sullivan a few weeks ago. This was bad enough, but the results of that investigation are worse: Sullivan and Robinson are out.

"This is a regrettable situation and a very hard decision to make," wrote Khurana in his mealy-mouthed statement.

Their sudden firings evidently shocked Sullivan and Robinson.

"We are surprised and dismayed by the action Harvard announced today," they said in a statement. "We believed the discussions we were having with high-level university representatives were progressing in a positive manner, but Harvard unilaterally ended those talks."

Mudannayake was also caught by surprise, though the news has delighted her.

"My honest reaction is just completely gobsmacked, but in the best way," she told The New York Times. "I'm very proud today of our college and our college's administration for finally choosing to do the right thing." She described the atmosphere as "celebratory."

This is a disaster. The administration has endorsed the ridiculous notion that serving as legal counsel for a person accused of sexual misconduct is itself a form of sexual misconduct, or at the very least contributes to sexual harassment on campus. It is no exaggeration to say that Khurana has undermined one of the most important principles of modern, enlightened justice. He should be ashamed of himself.

By caving to the mob, Harvard has shown student-activists that it takes seriously their demands for a kind of broadly-defined safety that includes protection from ideas they don't like. This outcome will undoubtedly embolden them.

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  1. The death of “Ivy League” relevance continues

    1. The body has been cold for at least 2 decades. I can name one ivy league engineer my multi billion dollar company has hired the last decade.

      1. You guys stick with Liberty, Biola, Hillsdale, Regent, Grove City, and the other conservative-controlled schools in America. The liberal-libertarian mainstream with continue to rely on Harvard, Yale, Penn, Berkeley, and Reed.

        Let’s see whether there is any change — arranged by the graduates of fourth-tier, nonsense-teaching conservative schools — in the tide of American progress, or in the group of that shapes that progress.

        Good luck, clingers.

        1. keep working on it your sarcasm is almost as funny as OBL

        2. We’ll stick with MIT, CalTech, and others who don’t enforce race preferences and pledge fealty to politics over excellence. But it’s revealing you think the Ivies are just like Liberty and BJU with left wing politics.

          1. MIT does have affirmative action. Caltech probably doesn’t have it on basis of race (or at least doesn’t discriminate against Asians), but does now have it on the basis of gender.

        3. We have stuck with those schools as well as most state schools. It is why the company succeeds.

        4. “Let’s see whether there is any change — arranged by the graduates of fourth-tier, nonsense-teaching conservative schools — in the tide of American progress,”

          So, what you’re saying is, firing a law professor for representing a client is progress? And, what you’re also saying is, conservatives are the stupid ones?
          I guess you never heard about the time that John Adams risked his career and his neck by representing the British soldiers who were tried for murder for their actions on March 5, 1770, or what was otherwise known as the Boston Massacre?
          I like John Adams, and I think you’re a dangerously psychotic wacko.

  2. More proof that Harvard is a fucking joke run by authoritarians.

    Go fuck yourselves assholes.

    1. No, Harvard is not a joke, but it is quite obvious that the administrative branch who fired Sullivan. Beware administrative types no matter WHERE they are found, as they are powerful, yet wimpy, gutless fiends.

      1. It’s a joke. Even recent alumni say with the grade inflation and the dumbing down of courses, getting into Harvard was the only part of Harvard that was hard.

      2. As the son of a Queens schoolteacher, Khurana mrrors the values of the place where he and Donald Trump grew up,

  3. I love watching progressives eat their own young.

    1. It is very entertaining. I try to guess how it will play out, but it’s not only hard to do, it’s not as much fun as just watching them turn inside out. They remind me of the French Revolution more than anything.

      Will they eventually be paralyzed with fear at being the next in line?

      Will they provokes a conservative backlash? The signs of extreme puritanism are completely out of sync with their fascination with fluid genders.

      How violent will they get? Antifa seems to have simmered down.

      Whatever happens, this SJW Progressivism simply can’t continue on its present trajectory. There aren’t enough causes to disrupt or students to champion all the causes. They have to tear themselves apart one way or another.

      1. Will they eventually be paralyzed with fear at being the next in line?

        I believe they already are in fear. I’ve heard young people say they suffer anxiety about being the next one “called out” for some unpredictable misstep.

      2. Why shouldn’t it continue? In the new puritinism you can be a wiccan and still call for a witch-hunt.

        1. I mean it can’t continue its present trend of worser and worser; eventually worser will be pointing their fingers at themselves, and after that, what? And history shows that none of these SJW moral panics continue on a level basis; they either fade away out of self-mortification, or increase.

          Either way, the present level cannot continue.

          1. It can get worse. Ask the Jewish people how this type of strain of authoritarian state-puritism worked out.

            1. Good point but they would need to be focused on a couple of target groups and have effective leadership for such to transpire; as it is they are just following their lines of specious thinking along increasing nuanced areas; I expect their logical conclusion will be to burn themselves out into a state of entropy as they accuse one another of breathing incorrectly.

              1. Target groups such as, say, straight white men who don’t support their insanity? In particular, the ones their own age? After all, the older ones from the Boomer generation are going to die out soon anyway, its the younger ones who refuse to see the light that are dangerous.

          2. “eventually worser will be pointing their fingers at themselves, and after that, what?”

            Hopefully, mass suicide

      3. It will work itself out if they get too violent. The 2A is awesome for thinning the herd of their mind should they overstep too far.

        1. All-talk clingers cranky because of a lifetime of losing the culture war — and being compelled to comply with the preferences of the liberal-libertarian alliance — are among my favorite faux libertarians.

          Open wider, clingers. More progress on the way, against your wishes, efforts, and whining . . .

          1. You should be beaten repeatedly across the face with a 2×4.

    2. Yeah if you think the problem of stupidity and intolerance is about a political party you are sorely mistaken and have not grasped the deeper meaning.

      1. What would that deeper meaning be?

        1. That stupidity and intolerance crosses the cultural war divide.

          1. Liberals are “baby killers” after all and what do you do with people who murder children? We’d have to round up those murders of course and execute every one of them but that could get difficult because there are so many liberals. We’d have to find a solution to the problem. We couldn’t just expect our baby killer hunters to kill every one of them. Killing so many so forthrightly is too traumatic for such men. We’d have to carry out mass executions behind closed doors. But there’s really no choice. We can’t let the liberals murder babies.

            1. I don’t think you know what the word “liberal” means. I think you mean “progressives”.

              Libertarians are, in fact, classical liberals.

              1. And a lot of them support legal abortion.

            2. Didn’t take you long to go over the edge, did it?
              Fucking lefty ignoramus…

            3. While sarcastic, at least you are self aware of the immorality of your position.

      2. I don’t discriminate in my calling out of fucking mouth-breathers. But it’s a lot more fun trolling forums if you include the word “progressives” because it’s so triggering.

        I mock you and your triggeredness.

      3. Stupidity and intolerance is far less damaging when it is at the individual level.

        So yes, considering one party is all about authoritarian collectivism, the concern is about one political party.

        1. Both parties are about authoritarian collectivism. The difference is in degree.

  4. This is a big win for bullying.

  5. Western Civilization made a good attempt, but the barbarians have brought her down. Back to the law of the jungle.

    1. “Jungle”? That’s racist. Let’s be historically accurate and say, “law of the savanna”.

      1. I was at a music festival in a park today where they had a mass casualty station set up in case this song triggerred too many people or Hamas did something. Eurovision is nice.

        1. Eurovision is nice.

          I don’t usually stand for call-out culture. But comments like this cannot be let past unremarked. For shame.

          1. Eurovision is awesome, especially for those with strong wanting reinforcement for European stereotypes in their strongest forms.

  6. If it’s wrong to give legal services to people accused of “icky” crimes, what about medical treatment? How will the students (and administration) react if Weinstein shows up at an ER with chest pain and gets treated by a Harvard-associated MD?

    1. Meh, the hospital staff has to change shifts 3 times per day. Bug spray, scented candles, and the smell of improvised napalm in the morning … if killers want to brag.

    2. Healthcare is a right: everyone deserves healthcare.

      1. Weinstein, however, should be drug out and stung up apparently.

      2. A non politically, fair legal system is also a right. Yet liberals dont seem to give a fuck.

        1. When you are replaced, JesseAz — by a younger, better American in the liberal-libertarian mainstream — I will celebrate with a Mad Elf, or perhaps a Guinness.

          Conservatives — making America great by taking their stale thinking, bigotry, and superstition to the grave.

          1. Your insults are getting worse. Change of meds?

          2. What will be an even better celebration is the aftermath of you shoving a .45 in your mouth and pulling the trigger.

          3. Here is RALK coming out strong against a fair and politically impartial legal system. Progress, comrades!

  7. Someone should be assembling a data base of retarded student activists in the news so that employers can avoid them in the future.

    1. It’s called “google”, “bing”, “duckduckgo”, and other names.

      1. That’s fine for the ringleaders, but the other concerned 43 don’t get much press….

    2. We have the database. Its the ivy league graduation database.

  8. It wasn’t “triggering” when he represented the estate of some fool who got shot after grabbing a cop’s gun, leading to riots and the arson of minority-owned businesses? Where were the “triggered” students saying that “the life’s work of Asian storekeepers matters”?

    And I observe that he was previously the subject of controversy for representing the family of a terror suspect killed by Boston cops – I wonder if any Harvard undergraduates joined these protests and said how “triggered” they were, especially since Harvard is in the same state as Boston.

    https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150611/downtown-brooklyn/lawyer-reviewing-cases-for-da-also-represent-boston-terror-suspects-family/

    But I suspect that if anyone at Harvard who tried to get a demonstration going for these reasons would have been rebuffed. “He’s fighting racism and Islamohobia, dude, he should be praised, not condemned, for such courageous actions!”

    Naturally a law professor/lawyer should be able to have controversial clients and his university should back him up – naturally it’s interesting who he has to represent to get the SJWs feeling “unsafe.”

    1. “naturally it’s interesting who he has to represent to get the SJWs feeling “unsafe.”

      I don’t think there’s any mystery to it. Weinstein is accused of being a sexual predator and should be shunned, according to those who oppose him. Those who support him should be prepared to face the consequences of their choices. In happier days lawyers could defend the vilest clients with impunity. The times they are a changing. Adapt or die: the cruelest law of the universe.

      “Where were the “triggered” students saying that “the life’s work of Asian storekeepers matters”?

      Where were the Asian storekeepers? If they can’t be bothered to raise a fuss, why expect students to do so on their behalf?

      1. “If they can’t be bothered to raise a fuss, why expect students to do so on their behalf?”

        So remind me…which of Weinstein’s victims asked for the assistance of Harvard undergraduate protesters? Since the protesters are supposedly acting on the victims’ behalf.

        “In happier days lawyers could defend the vilest clients with impunity.”

        They still can, apparently, if the client is accused of terrorism or threatening cops, or “garden-variety” murder, etc.

        And that’s as it should be.

        If we grant that not everyone deserves to be treated the way prosecutors and cops want them treated, then we need defense lawyers to check the overzealousness of these cops and prosecutors. And maybe even from time to time get an innocent person off the hook.

        1. “So remind me…which of Weinstein’s victims asked for the assistance of Harvard undergraduate protesters? ”

          “They still can, apparently, if the client is accused of terrorism or threatening cops, or “garden-variety” murder, etc.”

          Absent from your list is sexual predation. That’s what Weinstein has been accused of. Perhaps it seems unfair to you, but the students feel that those who perpetrate these crimes and their supporters should be shunned.

          I’m not sure they have or that the students feel they need to be invited to protest.

          “then we need defense lawyers to check the overzealousness of these cops and prosecutors”

          Overzealousness is all the rage.

          1. What could a lawyer do for Weinstein which *wouldn’t* be overzealous?

            Or should he simply do without a lawyer altogether?

            1. “What could a lawyer do for Weinstein which *wouldn’t* be overzealous?”

              Lawyers will do what they’re paid to do. They are free to take on any clients they want, but now it seems they are liable to be stigmatized and shunned for supporting sexual predators. You may not approve of this turn of events, but it behooves you to recognize the reality of it. Especially if you are a lawyer.

              1. What sexual predator are you referring to?

                1. Maybe you can guess.

              2. Sooo…we used to have a legal system based on Constitutionality-guaranteed rights, and now we have one that has to bow the knee to “outrage”?? At least you had the decency to refrain from using the word “progress”.

          2. “Absent from your list is sexual predation.”

            You mean I left out Weinstein’s crimes from my list of crimes which *didn’t* get the Weinstein treatment? I must have a sinister agenda to promote sexual predation.

            Here, have some Rohypnol. Sit on the bed and make yourself comfortable. Though I’m not sure who’s going to want to rape you.

            1. ” I must have a sinister agenda to promote sexual predation. ”

              I think you’ve misconstrued the activists feelings about the kind of antics Weinstein got up to (however irrational they may be.)

          3. “the students feel that”

            We know they *feel* lots of stuff very intensely. Do they have rational arguments to back up their feelz?

            1. You’re arguing with mtrueman.

              1. You’re arguing with mtrueman.
                IOWs, a dishonest piece of shit who is here to stir the pot and nothing else.

            2. ” Do they have rational arguments to back up their feelz?”

              I’m not sure they need rational arguments. They are free to make demands even if it’s based on their feelings.

              1. And the responsible adults in their lives should be giving them guidance about the folly of that, instead of giving in to their whims.

                1. These days are full of folly. Even among responsible adults. I think you are mistaken to take this for merely ‘a whim.’ Maybe you just use the word to disparage a movement you disapprove of, but it’s more than a whim. It’s more like a cultural turn. People are becoming more sensitive to the social pressures that arise from interacting with otter people. And more willing to raise their voices about slights, real or imagined. I think all this goes back to the Romantic period (early 1800s) when sensitivity over slavery, feminist issues and animal welfare engendered the first organized movements in Europe devoted to them. Increased sensitivity to something is all about feelings. That doesn’t mean the issues taken up are bad or irrational.

                  1. So do you approve of what was done in this instance, or do you just want to talk about your feelings.

                    1. I don’t really care enough about the issue to have read the article. I’m more interested in commenting on the spirit of the times.

                      “you just want to talk about your feelings.”

                      No, I also want to talk about my opinions and experiences.

                    2. So you want to bloviate about your feelings as related to a subject on which you have not educated yourself.

                      Got it.

          4. “That’s what Weinstein has been accused of.”

            And everyone knows, accusation is guilt.

      2. “If they can’t be bothered to raise a fuss.”

        From reports at the time:

        ““It is so sad and disheartening to see this level of violence expressed toward the business owners, who have always supported this community in good times and bad,” said Anil Gopal, president of the St. Louis Indian Business Association. “Many minority businesses located here and helped revitalize this community. We hope and pray that the violent actions of a few outsiders do not erode any progress Ferguson and its people have been experiencing.””

        1. When I said ‘raising a fuss’ I had more than issuing a press release in mind. Like the Black Lives Matter actions like demonstrations and such like that capture the public attention and set the terms of public debate, even among people who oppose them like folks commenting here.

          1. In Asian culture, a press release like that *is* raising a fuss, the equivalent of a white New Yorker saying “fuck” and flipping someone the bird.

            1. Asian culture? Asians burned themselves alive to make a statement. That’s the Asian equivalent to your cursing New Yorker.

              1. I fully support “progressive” college students burning themselves alive.

                1. Second that.

              2. “All Asian cultures are the same” – shorter mtrueman

                1. There’s no such thing as ‘Asian culture.’

                  – the real mtrueman

  9. Look up coward in the dictionary and you’ll find Dean Rakesh Khurana.

    Look up illiberal snowflake and you’ll find Danu Mudannayake.

    Can a college be a shithole?

    Fall of the West case #243444455.

    Those conservatives are really as bad as these clowns, eh Robby?

    1. Yes, every living person is more or less susceptible to this problem. You’re actually doing right now by pretending you’re above it.

      1. Pretend to be above what exactly?

      2. Some people actually have standards, and we live by them. I know you are a fucking progressive weathervane but some of us actually do have principles, not principals.

      3. In the past social opprobrium would have prevented Harvard from pulling this crap, but now there is no general belief in the idea that everyone deserves a defense. In 1631 Friederich Spee printed his Cautio Criminalis, by 2031 society may have found their answer to him: burn the witch!

    2. To be sure.

    3. Those conservatives are really as bad as these clowns, eh Robby?

      Seeing how he has devoted himself to reporting on these clowns, I think maybe he doesn’t think that.

      And is there even really an absolute scale of badness that you can put everyone on? Different people are bad in different ways.

  10. I hope he sues the endowments out of them.

    1. Sues them for… something perfectly legal?

      1. Depends on his employment contract.

  11. They’re only students after all flying up their own assholes trying to hate together correctly. Their keepers should be afraid.

    1. And once they’re out of the custody of their keepers, the rest of us should be afraid.

      1. Don’t trust anyone under 30?

    2. They are afraid. They are terrified of this monster they’ve created, but if they stop feeding it, it will turn on them and devour them.

  12. John Adam’s, who represented the British Soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre on the principle that even the most unpopular of defendants required competent representation else the reputation of the legal system for justice would be thrown into disrepute. would be appalled at what Harvard has done.

    1. Who cares about dead white males?

      1. Me. I do. I have a whole family of them.

    2. An apostrophe does NOT mean “here comes an S!”

      1. Tell that to my phone’s autocorrect, please.

      2. Ye’s, it doe’s!

    3. Harvard should revoke his degree, or don’t Black Lives Matter?

  13. So Weinstein should just be lynched, is that the idea?

    1. Innocent until proven guilty

      Just like the ACLU and so many other progressive orgs, to them “some animals are more equal than others.”

  14. Is Robby Soave done trying to get his libertarian street cred back after the Kavanaugh thing yet?

    1. No, he’s just trying to get an in with the Yalies.

  15. Adulting School: Growing Number Of Programs Teach Life Skills To Millennials

    Many young adults are going back to class to learn the basics of “adulting” — things like budgeting, home repair and cooking that they weren’t taught as students.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNygqVlvMck

    1. I honestly think this is great. I will never much those for trying to better themselves.

      1. Yeah, I’m not sure what the point was of posting this. I got my K-12 education ending in 1974 and wasn’t taught any of this. I wish I had been.

    2. Didn’t they have a Mom and a Dad? Didn’t Mom know what pan you used to boil water? And didn’t Dad know which end of the hammer to hold?
      And kiddo, didn’t you have to make your allowance last until the next one?
      I think there’s some things you sort of learn osmotically…

      1. In many cases today, Mom and Dad (if he’s even in the picture) have no clue about such things.

      2. Parents can instill bad money management in their children just as well as they can good money management.
        It might seem obvious to people who are good an managing their money, but apparently it isn’t as a lot of people (even quite smart people) are terrible with money.

    3. I wonder if these adulting classes help the millennials learn how to cut their own meat… then again, the existence of meat on their plate may itself be triggering.

      1. Right, millennials invented vegetarianism. Good one.

  16. Meh. He was relieved of duty as babysitter in residence.

    It has nothing to do with his actual academic position.

    1. Meaning things are still unsafe there?

  17. Whenever I think SJW have reached peak stupidity they go higher. They have oxygen tanks on at this point.
    Keywords for getting someone fired: unsafe, triggered, traumatized

    1. The first rule of peak retard is that there is actually no peak retard.

      1. In theory, at least, wouldn’t you reach a point at which you are wrong about everything, and can go no further into retardation?

        1. Apparently, at that point, if you live in the Bronx, they elect you to represent them in Congress.

  18. Shouldn’t we be celebrating Harvard’s exercise of freedom of association?

    1. Racist restaurant owners can have freedom of association, but we don’t have to celebrate the way they use it.

      1. See Robby on private entities de-platforming “hate” and “conspiracy”.

    2. Yes, if that was what this was about. But it’s actually about Harvard administrators believing that defending an accused is problematic.

      1. He’s not defending some indigent defendant who lacks competent counsel. Harvard relieved the Professor of his duties as a leader and mentor for young crusaders for social justice after he accepted a position as mercenary mouthpiece for a billionaire rapist.

        1. alleged rapist

          Innocent until proven guilty

          Just like the ACLU and so many other progressive orgs, to them “some animals are more equal than others.”

  19. “While it is legal to defend an alleged sexual predator…something…something…Harvard thinks Professor Sullivan is an asshole and they’re showing him the door”

  20. Ronald Sullivan has been credibly accused of making Harvard an unsafe and hostile educational environment.

    1. Well, I mean, if Christine Ford’s accusations were credible, what isn’t?

  21. Corrupt Hillary got assigned by a judge to defend an accused child rapist. She did her duty as an officer of the court and defended him to the nth degree. Whether you choose to be someone’s lawyer or are assigned to be someone’s lawyer, we have and adversarial justice system therefore, everyone deserves the best defense. Thank god for Attorney Sullivan for daring to represent the supposed evil people of our society. Thank god for Corrupt Hillary representing that accused child rapist to the nth degree.
    One day you could be Weinstein, or an accused child rapist. They used to call white attorneys who defended black people ——— lovers. This primal instinct is no different in today’s SJWs. Shame on Harvard. If I had kids I would send them to trade school over Harvard.

  22. On the upside, if this is what Harvard law school has become… A cheaper more efficient law degree from the university of Bugtussle will soon be worth far more in the long run, so there’s that.

    1. The law school isn’t implicated, this is an undergraduate residence hall and the overall President of Harvard removing the professor from that hall.

      Prove me wrong, but I can’t believe the law school would be so short-sighted as to kneecap someone for doing their professional duty as a lawyer.

      1. Harvard’s brand is its lawschool. The lawschool is what gives Harvard the prestige to draw in all those donations and top of their class students. Which is a double edged sword of how they choose to run the rest of their school reflects on their lawschool.

        1. Harvard Business School has a sad

        2. Lawschool? How about RAWSCHOOL?!

  23. So “Fuck The 6th Amendment” is the official position of Harvard University?

  24. “People don’t think that free speech is the way it is… but it do.”

    —black lawyer man

  25. This goes beyond the rejection of ideas. This is deplatforming extended to say, “No one should be allowed to have an attorney represent him/her if I have prejudged him/her to be a bad guy.”

    By caving, Harvard has not merely made a choice of priorities. Harvard has chosen to no longer be part of civil society.

    1. Civility?

      Generations have spawned in the absence of civility.

      In 1973 we allowed irresponsible women to murder their inconvenient babies. Since then we’ve allowed the annual murder, in the US, of 750,000 helpless innocent people.

      Where has the pining for civility been for the last 46 years.

      These students are what we deserve.

      1. Clearly, there were not enough abortions.

        1. The barren faggot proudly advocates murdering helpless innocent children.

          1. The humorless old grouch humorlessly grouches.

            1. Ask him about “the jooze” if you really want to see Rob’s idiocy.

              1. Thanks, I’ve seen plenty of it.

  26. And yet, when the mighty Trumpster, defender of all, cuts off all federal money to Harvard for being racist, the same idiots will cry and wail and gnash their teeth.
    What next, for the fired lawyers? There is a white guy (Weinstein), fired black faculty (or maybe just removed from a “dean” position?) and a school with a bazillion and a half dollars in endowment.
    Will the students demand any lawyer representing the lynched couple also be fired? Will the ‘no longer dean’ couple still be teaching? What grades will get assigned to those who signed the letter? Will those who fired the poor minority couple face justice?
    Inquiring minds want to know.

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  29. He should be ashamed of himself.

    Psychopaths do not feel shame.

    1. “represented the family of Michael Brown in their suit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri”

      Yes

  30. The inmates have taken over the asylum. Or rather, the keepers of the asylum have forgotten their job.

    1. The keepers running the asylum ARE the inmates who took over forty years ago.

  31. Everything we used to hate about the prudes and the religious right, the progressives have become exactly that.

    It’s basically the same thing they did to people during the Red Scare. They’re ostracizing people for their associations in the name of intolerance.

    They want to create a chilling effect. They want us all to be afraid of saying things in public that they don’t like or associating with people in public that they don’t like.

    Three recent examples:

    They refused to let Norm MacDonald on The Tonight Show–not for anything he did but because he stuck up for Roseanne Barr.

    They fired the editor of the NYRB–not for anything he wrote or said but because he published something written by #MeToo target thinking that people might be interested in hearing him speak, even if they didn’t agree with him.

    Now they’re going after attorneys because they defended guilty people?

    Is there anything that isn’t evil about the left anymore? I don’t suppose it should be surprising that as they became more socialist, they became less rational and less principled, but it is disappointing all the same. You’d think Harvard, anyway, might be the last bastion of reason on the left. We may yet live to see struggle sessions at Harvard.

    There’s nothing salvageable on the left anymore. The cancer goes all the way to the bone.

    1. “There’s nothing salvageable on the left anymore. The cancer goes all the way to the bone.” – THIS x infinity.

    2. The progressives have always been prudes.

      1. We can’t have people saying rude things in public! Other people might think that sort of thing is acceptable!

        Shame them! Shame them ALL!

        They’re just old fashioned prudes.

      2. Yes, sex and reproduction were the original core issues of the Progressives. They especially didn’t like brown and black people fucking.

    3. “the progressives have become always been exactly that.”

      FIFY

      Everything else they said was just a pose intended to arrogate power and social authority to themselves. Now that they are the dominant majority of the ruling class their true colors are revealed.

  32. Thanks Harvard for making a lawyer the good guy.

    Is there a lawyers union who can blacklist those students so they can’t get a defense lawyer if they are arrested? Not a good idea really but fun to think about

  33. I don’t give a fuck how many bodies pile up. Keep going.

    1. Are you watching GoT, too?

  34. Where he buy his fat guy shirts? That’s a nice shirt, plenty of extra room for that extra guy, I got the same problem

    1. The lawyers I know all wear custom made shirts.

  35. Harvard will never, ever live this down. They’ve been slipping off the peak the last few decades. Now the mantle passes, to Princeton, the University of Chicago, and Stanford.

  36. Representing billionaire rapist for huge profit$$$ has consequences

    1. So does eating paint chips as a kid.

  37. It’s time to boycott Harvard. Everyone who believes in a civil society, the presumption of innocence, the Magnitude Carta, the Consitution, democracy and all the rights of man granted through adherence to notions of common law and justice need to stamp this behavior out and stamp it out now.

    This goes to anyone who would hire Ms. Mudannayake. This totalitarian instinct is the death of democracy and the beginning of a Maoist dictatorship. She, and all her ilk are utterly repugnant.

    1. This kind of nonsense would end pretty quick if the big donors made some phone calls, and let the President of the university know that the donations are getting cut off, and that an effort would be made to encourage the other big donations to dry up.

      That whiny student would be unceremoniously drop kicked out of town so fast.

      The administrations are simply cowards. But money talks, even among the communists who run most of these ivy league dumpsters

  38. Perhaps every single democrat politician who had they picture taken with Weinstein and accepted campaign contributions and support from him should be kicked out of the party or removed from office.
    How far down the rabbit hole must we go before someone says ‘enough is enough’
    I have no sympathy for Weinstein, but to fire a lawyer for representing him is absolutely pathetic

  39. It’s really funny watching the left eat itself. These are 2 of the most liberal judges Harvard has and Harvard gives in to a few pathetic protestors who are very likely completely unaware of how liberal these two lawyers are.
    When are these pathetic universities going to get backbones and threaten these protestors with expulsion if they don’t go back to lectures.

    1. Never. When you’re trying to sell high fashion college degrees for $300,000, you don’t want potential customers to think that expulsion or flunking out are even possibilities.

      1. What better way to maintain exclusivity than to throw a few out every now and then?

  40. The appropriate response to this would have been to tell the students that they should perhaps pursue an education at some other institution. Perhaps the same “great” institution that produced the likes of the notably absent, Artie.

  41. Harvard is just the beginning. Within a generation, nobody will go to these fake colleges anymore. Their names are already meaningless.

  42. I don’t know what all the hubub is about. Leftists reliably inform us these nuts are just a few powerless campus kids with no broader influence.

  43. However long lived, no institution lasts forever. It’s not just the passage of time that does them in, however, it’s bad decisions. The Roman Empire suffered a string of awful leaders. The Catholic Church took the wrong side first on astronomy and more recently on molesters. Now Harvard is following suit.

    For a law school to eschew the idea that even scumbags are entitled to legal representation has likely sealed its fate. What’s sad is that it has an administration too timorous to stand up to even the most childish bullying.

    1. It’s not the law school. It’s an undergrad house.

  44. Robby… remember when these Lefty brown shirts were only supposed to take down Civil War statues and battle markers because they wanted to try and erase that old Democrat history?

  45. Hahahahahahaha!!!! Fuck ’em!!

    Reap the whirlwind, dipshits!!

    1. Do you mean the whirlwind of 50 or 60 years of the liberal-libertarian mainstream stomping conservatives into submission in the American culture war?

      1. Your pin sized head should be stomped repeatedly into a concrete curb.

  46. […] The outrage mob won. Over the weekend, Harvard College Dean Rakesh Kurana wrote an email to students stating, “Ronald Sullivan and Stephanie Robinson will not be continuing as your Faculty Deans when their term ends on June 30, 2019.” […]

  47. […] The outrage mob won. Over the weekend, Harvard College Dean Rakesh Kurana wrote an email to students stating, “Ronald Sullivan and Stephanie Robinson will not be continuing as your Faculty Deans when their term ends on June 30, 2019.” […]

  48. It is amazing to see a university that claims to be an “elite” cave to students who feel “unsafe” because Weinstein has a lawyer. Anyone who really feels “unsafe” are unqualified for any university, even the dregs of the university system. Do these people really believe Sullivan (or maybe Robinson) is going to attack them. If they do, they are fools. If they are just babbling “unsafe”, they are stupid and foolish. Harvard is taking a big loss for this.

    1. Of course they don’t actually feel “unsafe.” They have learned that “unsafe” is the optimal invocation to use to get their way. They are not foolish for using it because it works.

  49. “Those conservatives are really as bad as these clowns, eh Robby?”

    The conservatives are worse. Bigoted, superstitious, and poorly educated is no way to go through life, not even among the depleted human residue in our desolate, hollowed-out, Republican backwaters.

    Knowing that right-wingers choose Ouachita Baptist, Hillsdale, and Liberty over Harvard, Berkeley, and Michigan makes me optimistic about America’s political future.

    1. Knowing that there’s a strong likelihood that you’ll die an extremely violent and tortuous death sooner than later, hopefully at your own hand, or if not, at the hand of someone beating the ever living shit out of you, and that decent human beings across the planet will dance in celebration makes me optimistic about the future.

  50. […] That’s exactly correct, even if it comes from Weinstein’s defense team. And what’s more, we are usually lectured ad infinitum about that principle when it comes to other attorneys … especially those who go into politics. One would expect an institution like Harvard Law School to grasp this concept and defend it. Instead, as Robby Soave writes at Reason, Harvard caved to the mob: […]

  51. […] That’s exactly correct, even if it comes from Weinstein’s defense team. And what’s more, we are usually lectured ad infinitum about that principle when it comes to other attorneys … especially those who go into politics. One would expect an institution like Harvard Law School to grasp this concept and defend it. Instead, as Robby Soave writes at Reason, Harvard caved to the mob: […]

  52. […] That’s exactly correct, even if it comes from Weinstein’s defense team. And what’s more, we are usually lectured ad infinitum about that principle when it comes to other attorneys … especially those who go into politics. One would expect an institution like Harvard Law School to grasp this concept and defend it. Instead, as Robby Soave writes at Reason, Harvard caved to the mob: […]

  53. […] That’s exactly correct, even if it comes from Weinstein’s defense team. And what’s more, we are usually lectured ad infinitum about that principle when it comes to other attorneys … especially those who go into politics. One would expect an institution like Harvard Law School to grasp this concept and defend it. Instead, as Robby Soave writes at Reason, Harvard caved to the mob: […]

  54. […] That’s exactly correct, even if it comes from Weinstein’s defense team. And what’s more, we are usually lectured ad infinitum about that principle when it comes to other attorneys … especially those who go into politics. One would expect an institution like Harvard Law School to grasp this concept and defend it. Instead, as Robby Soave writes at Reason, Harvard caved to the mob: […]

  55. Sullivan’s judgement is open to question in the Michael Brown case.

    Brown committed suicide, so Sullivan sues Ferguson, MO?

    (Brown attacked an armed police officer TWICE in the space of a couple of minutes. That’s almost the definition of suicidal.)

  56. […] That’s exactly correct, even if it comes from Weinstein’s defense team. & what’s more, we are usually lectured ad infinitum about that principle when it comes to oar attorneys … especially those who go into politics. One would expect an institution like Harvard Law School to grasp this concept & defend it. Instead, as Robby Soave writes at Reason, Harvard caved to a mob: […]

  57. […] morning, I woke up to find out that Harvard University has fired law professor Ronald Sullivan as undergraduate residence Winthrop House faculty dean, because his decision to join the defense […]

  58. I suspect that, had Mueller been able to railroad Trump, this would not be happening. Weinstein is being sacrificed to the ‘greater good’ of restricting the ability of undesirables to mount adequate legal defense.

    Seriously, this is meant as a message to those who might otherwise step forward to provide legal services to someone despised by the establishment. Do so and see your career brought low.

  59. Standard practice to let the inmates run the asylum now.

  60. 2.4% of regular applicants are accepted at Harvard. Last year they had over 45k applications.

    So, a thought experiment:

    What if Harvard said “no, we will not fire anyone over these demands. They are silly. Moreover, they are dangerous. Demanding that faculty be dismissed for serving as legal counsel is inconsistent with the values of Harvard University. Any student making these demands is subject to expulsion.”

    They have 9 more applicants behind each one they accept, all with check in hand, ready to pony up. Capitulating to this mob is like caving in to a union for unskilled workers in an economy with 85% unemployment. It just makes no sense.

    1. It just makes no sense.

      All decisions make sense to the people who make them. If you think they don’t make sense you should consider that their motivations are not what you think they are.

  61. Lots of Ivy envy here. Funny.

    1. LOL at “Ivy envy”.

  62. Further confirmation that the leadership of Harvard has turned its back upon the Morality that the founders of that institution prided themselves as the keepers of.

    1. Well… Let’s get real: Harvard started out as the Bob Jones University of its day. It was a Puritan bible-thumper institution. The one constant since those days is that they still teach their inmates that they’re entitled to obedience from the masses.

      -jcr

  63. “Harvard Caves to Student Mob”
    It’s not caving, it’s collaborating.

  64. Stick a fork in Harvard. They’re done.

    -jcr

  65. Yeah, they got this wrong. Not even gonna blame you guys for it.

  66. […] students fortunate enough to be studying at Harvard’s elite law school. Over the course of an impressive career, he has advised Barack Obama, represented the family of Michael Brown in their suit against the […]

  67. […] as a law professor.) When appointed as residential deans in 2009, Sullivan and Robinson were the first African-Americans to hold that position at Harvard, according to The Harvard Crimson.  The […]

  68. […] Defense Lawyers condemned Sullivan’s dismissal, as did the libertarian magazine Reason’s campus political correctness correspondent Robby Soave, Slate jurisprudence columnist Lara Bazelon, and the Harvard Black Law Students […]

  69. […] Defense Lawyers condemned Sullivan’s dismissal, as did the libertarian magazine Reason’s campus political correctness correspondent Robby Soave, Slate jurisprudence columnist Lara Bazelon, and the Harvard Black Law Students […]

  70. […] excesses. Last weekend, spineless Harvard administrators caved to student demands that they remove law professor Ronald Sullivan as faculty dean of an undergraduate residence because he represented a Harvey Weinstein, who the […]

  71. […] excesses. Last weekend, spineless Harvard administrators caved to student demands that they remove law professor Ronald Sullivan as faculty dean of an undergraduate residence because he represented a Harvey Weinstein, who the […]

  72. […] excesses. Last weekend, spineless Harvard administrators caved to student demands that they remove law professor Ronald Sullivan as faculty dean of an undergraduate residence because he represented a Harvey Weinstein, who the […]

  73. […] excesses. Last weekend, spineless Harvard administrators caved to student demands that they remove law professor Ronald Sullivan as faculty dean of an undergraduate residence because he represented a Harvey Weinstein, who the […]

  74. […] left-of-center news outlets—Vox and The New Republic—published long articles pushing back on my piece about Harvard’s abhorrent treatment of law professor Ron Sullivan, who was fired as faculty […]

  75. […] news outlets—Vox and The New Republic—published long articles pushing back on my piece about Harvard’s abhorrent treatment of law professor Ron Sullivan, who was fired as faculty […]

  76. […] his wife Stephanie Robinson, Ronald Sullivan was fired by Harvard administrators from his role as faculty dean of the school’s Winthrop House […]

  77. […] Harvard. When you give yourself over to the outrage mob, all sorts of odd things are possible.  Harvard removed the Winthrop House Dean Ronald Sullivan who is representing Harvey Weinstein in his sexual harassment / sexual abuse trials.  The Dean, Harvard’s only black law school dean, is being punished for the sin of representing his client.  The very expensive education offered by Harvard has apparently failed its pre-law students completely.  It has also failed the Dean of the College, Rakesh Khurana who ordered the removal.  For their part, the students claimed that Sullivan’s very presence in Winthrop House was “trauma inducing,” that “he does not value the safety of students he lives with in Winthrop House,” and that he has made Harvard an unsafe and hostile educational environment.  Khurana foolishly gave into these demands a few weeks ago agreeing to an investigation and rendered his verdict.  In giving in to this idiocy, the Dean now agrees with the woke bullies that representing a sexual predator in court is the same as being a sexual predator.  This will only embolden the mob.  It also tells us which lawyers to never hire, starting with anyone who has graduated from Harvard since 2018.  https://reason.com/2019/05/12/ronald-sullivan-harvard-fired-student-mob/ […]

  78. […] People on both the left and the right should probably be a little less eager to put kids on pedestals and anoint them as leaders of political movements. In any case, unless evidence emerges that Kashuv is being dishonest about his change of heart, it seems like the right thing to do is forgive him. It would be a shame if Kashuv’s enemies on the far-right and far-left got their way, and Harvard reconsidered its acceptance because of this. I wouldn’t expect Harvard to do that, but then again, I didn’t expect its administration to unilaterally surrender to activists demanding the firing of faculty dean Ronald Sullivan, and yet here we are. […]

  79. […] People on both the left and the right should probably be a little less eager to put kids on pedestals and anoint them as leaders of political movements. In any case, unless evidence emerges that Kashuv is being dishonest about his change of heart, it seems like the right thing to do is forgive him. It would be a shame if Kashuv’s enemies on the far-right and far-left got their way, and Harvard reconsidered its acceptance because of this. I wouldn’t expect Harvard to do that, but then again, I didn’t expect its administration to unilaterally surrender to activists demanding the firing of faculty dean Ronald Sullivan, and yet here we are. […]

  80. […] People on both the left and the right should probably be a little less eager to put kids on pedestals and anoint them as leaders of political movements. In any case, unless evidence emerges that Kashuv is being dishonest about his change of heart, it seems like the right thing to do is forgive him. It would be a shame if Kashuv’s enemies on the far-right and far-left got their way, and Harvard reconsidered its acceptance because of this. I wouldn’t expect Harvard to do that, but then again, I didn’t expect its administration to unilaterally surrender to activists demanding the firing of faculty dean Ronald Sullivan, and yet here we are. […]

  81. […] People on both the left and the right should probably be a little less eager to put kids on pedestals and anoint them as leaders of political movements. In any case, unless evidence emerges that Kashuv is being dishonest about his change of heart, it seems like the right thing to do is forgive him. It would be a shame if Kashuv’s enemies on the far-right and far-left got their way, and Harvard reconsidered its acceptance because of this. I wouldn’t expect Harvard to do that, but then again, I didn’t expect its administration to unilaterally surrender to activists demanding the firing of faculty dean Ronald Sullivan, and yet here we are. […]

  82. […] People on both the left and the right should probably be a little less eager to put kids on pedestals and anoint them as leaders of political movements. In any case, unless evidence emerges that Kashuv is being dishonest about his change of heart, it seems like the right thing to do is forgive him. It would be a shame if Kashuv’s enemies on the far-right and far-left got their way, and Harvard reconsidered its acceptance because of this. I wouldn’t expect Harvard to do that, but then again, I didn’t expect its administration to unilaterally surrender to activists demanding the firing of faculty dean Ronald Sullivan, and yet here we are. […]

  83. Trauma inducing?

    Poor little snowflakes so ill-equipped to deal with life. What a drain on society. Nuke ‘em.

  84. […] The American Civil Liberties Union has come to the defense of Harvard law professor Ronald Sullivan, who recently lost his position as faculty dean of Winthrop House after activist students demanded his ouster. […]

  85. […] The American Civil Liberties Union has come to the defense of Harvard law professor Ronald Sullivan, who recently lost his position as faculty dean of Winthrop House after activist students demanded his ouster. […]

  86. […] The American Civil Liberties Union has come to the defense of Harvard law professor Ronald Sullivan, who recently lost his position as faculty dean of Winthrop House after activist students demanded his ouster. […]

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