Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Now I'm not sure if magistration is a word. At least in the sense I intend to use it. So what do I mean by magistration? Getting a magistrate to swear out a warrant without any input from law enforcement. Basically a way to get a person jailed with out any evidence except a sworn statement.

Why is this of interest? It has just happened for the sixth time in the Guilford College case.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- A sixth Guilford College football player was charged Monday with assaulting a Palestinian student, court officials said.

The arrest warrant states that Rushing hit one of the victims while he was on the floor being beaten by others.

Micah Rushing, 21, of Albemarle, was released on a promise to appear, the Guilford County Magistrate's Office said.

The charges stem from accusations by three Palestinian students who said they were taunted with racial slurs and called "terrorists" as they were beaten by several members of the school's football team just after midnight Jan. 20, according to court documents. Besides assault, the five other players have been charged with ethnic intimidation.

Faris Khader, one of the three accusers, swore out the assault warrant against Rushing, the magistrate's office said. None of the charges against the players are the result of police investigation.
For those of you keeping a race score card, there are now three black and three white defendants. And as this latest report notes: so far there has been no police investigation. Despite the fact that the accuser's lawyer has said that the accusers would meet with police to discuss the matter.

Just a guess, but I think the accusers were jealous of the football guys. What was that old Rolling Stones' song? "I can't get no...."

Here is a recap for those of you who would like to catch up on the case details:
Guilford College Six's Injuries
Palestinians Lawyer Up
Guilford Is A Street In Rockford

H/T reader linearthinker

Cross Posted at Classical Values


linearthinker said...

Has anyone noticed the deafening silence in the MSM over this? I don't watch TV, so I may be missing some coverage.

If the silence is real, could it be the case doesn't fit their template?

Or, is it simply that all involved have learned the lessons of prudence and moderation of speech, and are letting the process work as it should? Wouldn't that be nice?

Anonymous said...

I think the newspapers and TV have learned a lesson from the Duke hoax. I've see it mentioned several times as a warning for folks to not rush to judgement in this case.

To change the subject a bit, I've read several blog comments saying that the fight started because the Pali's stole beer from Bates and were confronted about it. I hope the truth comes out. Those belt marks look fierce, especially considering it is January and Six was bound to be wearing more than just a thin shirt.

mfwesq said...

Two points:

(1) Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito just used the word "magistration" in a slightly different sense: the initial appearance of an arrested person before a magistrate to be apprised of the charge against him and to determine bail.

(2) If the students making the charge have lied, then they would be guilty of a crime and they would also be civilly liable for malicious prosecution. There really isn't any grand issue for the MSM to be concerned about, because these sorts of accusations and counteraccusations have been around for hundreds of years and the law has very routine methods of determining them. It isn't like the Duke case, because there not only did a private individual make a false accusation (happens all the time), but the public prosecutor suppressed evidence and made false statements (which may also happen all the time, but they seldom get caught).