At the University of Virginia, the first time students log into campus computers this fall, they will be asked if they have been arrested or convicted of a crime. Since 2004, students were supposed to reveal any arrests or convictions to the school, but no one ever asked. Now, they confront the question directly. Any who lie would violate the school's honor code and be subject to expulsion.Too often Americans are "convicted" even before they're tried. Just ask Ray Donovan.
Virginia universities want to know if their students have been in any trouble with the law -- ever, anywhere. In the interest of campus safety, officials could make a reasonable case that students fess up to convictions, but a policy that requires students to report arrests goes too far.
[A] student's university record should not bear the taint of an arrest that occurred perhaps hundreds of miles away and never led to a conviction. If no court found wrongdoing, it is none of the school's business.
Or, potentially, "convicted" though they're never tried. As was the case with Alberto Gonzales.*
Be careful with those records. Reputations can be unfairly ruined by them.
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* As was the case with candidate George Allen and the silly "macaca" controversy, the Washington Post led the charge in the Alberto Gonzales "scandal." An example of its hatchet job can be found here. And here. And here. And here. And here. And here. And here. And here. And here - "Gonzales Knew About Violations." And particularly here - "Reports Suggest Laws were Broken in Attorney Firings."
In the end, the Justice Department determined that there were no "violations." And that no "laws were broken." A determination that was made long after Alberto Gonzales resigned in disgrace.
Two men - George Allen and Alberto Gonzales - had their reputations destroyed by the partisan hacks at the Washington Post to further the ends of their favored politicians. Where do Allen and Gonzales go to get their reputations back?
I'm a big believer in the concept that each and every one of us should be allowed his day in court. With that understood, shouldn't we give the executives at the Washington Post their day in court and then send their asses to prison for what they've (allegedly) done?
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Add a third innocent person ruined by the press: "Feds clear DeLay after six years." Another shameful episode that cries out for justice.