By Star Parker
For those who despair that the rule of law in America is being crushed by liberal fake news, we have encouraging news out of Ohio.
A jury has ruled that Oberlin College, one of the nation’s
most left-wing institutions of higher learning, must pay the proprietors of
Gibson’s Bakery in Oberlin, Ohio, $11.2 million in damages for libel, slander,
and other disruptions that the college caused in the business by encouraging
false charges of racism.
The day after the 2016 presidential election, an Oberlin
student entered Gibson’s Bakery, near the college campus, and slipped a bottle
of wine into his coat.
Allyn Gibson, whose great-great-grandfather founded the
business, told the young man that he was going to call the police. When he took
out his phone to photograph him, the youth slapped the phone out of Gibson’s
hand and ran out of the store, with Gibson in pursuit.
When the police arrived on the scene, Gibson, who is white, was
on his back being beaten by the youth and two of his friends, all of whom are
Nine months later, the three youths pleaded guilty to
misdemeanor charges and read a statement saying that Gibson’s behavior was
justified and not racially motivated.
But in the interim, student protests were held outside
Gibson’s store, and pamphlets were distributed accusing the store of racism.
The school’s dean of students was present at these protests.
She claims she was there to supervise, not to protest. However, it was reported
that she, too, distributed the pamphlet.
The school canceled business with the bakery, resuming again
The college administration claims that it cannot control the
free speech of its students and that damages caused by students cannot be
ascribed to the college.
The New York Times quotes famed First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams saying, “The notion that uninhibited student speech can lead to vast financial liability for the universities at which it occurs threatens both the viability of educational institutions …read more
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