A conservative judge arraigned at Stanford Law School claims student protesters shouted they hoped his daughters would be raped before an equities dean ambushed him in a “staged public shaming.”
Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, 51, an appointee of Donald Trump, was asked by the student chapter of the Federalist Society last week to speak at the prominent law school about the Circuit Court of Appeals.
However, when he arrived at the school, he was greeted by around 100 students who shouted obscenities at him, including one protester who said: “We hope your daughters get raped.”
The judge also saw signs on campus saying “you should be ashamed” and others claiming he had “committed crimes against women, gays, blacks and ‘trans people,'” he wrote in the Wall Street Journal. in the article.
Stanford Law School’s website touts its “collegiate culture” where “collaboration and the open exchange of ideas are essential to life and learning,” he said. “It didn’t seem ‘collegial’.”
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Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, 51, an appointee of Donald Trump, was asked by the student chapter of the Federalist Society to speak about the circuit’s appeals court at the popular law school last week.
He was warned before he arrived that there might be protesters and the school would have to let him in, but was assured they were “on top of it”. He was told that if there was a disturbance, the school would have fixed it, but Duncan said that did not happen.
Students stormed the classroom with signs reading “FED SUCK” and “Trans Lives Matter” to criticize him for his ruling in US v. Varner, in which “a federal prisoner serving a sentence for attempting to obtain child pornography … petitioned our court : order that he be called by feminine pronouns.’
“As I explained in my opinion, the federal courts cannot control what pronouns people use. The Stanford protesters saw it differently. my opinion “denied the existence of a trans woman”.
Despite the abuse, the president of the Federalist Society still tried to introduce Duncan so he could give his speech, but the students interrupted “every third word”.
“Federalist society (You are cruel). He was appointed by President Trump to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (shameful),” etc.,” he wrote of the introduction.
He tried to persevere, but eventually stopped and asked the students to cut the insults. But they persisted, so eventually he asked for an administrator to step in.
However, when he arrived at the school, he was greeted by about 100 students who shouted obscenities at him, including one protester who told him: “We hope your daughters will be raped.”
She eventually asked for an administrator when the whinging wouldn’t stop, and passed on to Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Thirien Steinbach. He asked to speak in front of the group, which confused Duncan, who said “something went off”.
Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tyrien Steinbach intervened, but instead of calming the students down, he “insisted that he wanted to talk to all of us,” Duncan said.
“Something went wrong,” he wrote. ‘The students started shouting and I reluctantly gave way. Ms. Steinbach then opened a folio, removed a printed sheet of paper, and gave a six-minute speech addressing the question: “Is it worth squeezing the juice?”
The video of the event shows the argument between the vice dean and the judge.
‘Can I tell him something, is that okay?’ Before addressing Duncan, Steinbach asked the students: – It `s good.
Duncan repeated that they were “referring” to him and asked for an administrator, prompting students to shout that he was. Steinbach’s head can be seen aggressively nodding yes, but the students are yelling at him to prevent him from hearing what he has to say.
“I’d like to help,” he told Duncan.
‘Which way?’ he answered. As students shouted that he was “showing racism” and “disrespecting black women,” the judge eventually conceded, saying, “I guess I should let him.”
Then he took the pulpit and said: “I had to write something because I feel so uncomfortable here,” before launching into his six-minute speech.
Steinbach took the podium and then delivered a prepared six-minute speech in which he called his work “disgusting.” Stanford officials later apologized to Duncan for the students and Steinbach for “failing” to follow university policy.
In his message, Duncan claimed he called his work “disgusting” and said it “caused harm” because it “literally denies people their humanity”. He also claimed that his presence on campus put him in a difficult position because his job was to “create a space for all people to belong.”
He assured me that I was “absolutely welcome in this space” because “I and many people in this administration absolutely believe in free speech,” he said.
‘I didn’t feel welcome, who?’
After opening the floor to him, one student asked the others to moderate it so they could ask questions. Duncan resumed the materials he had prepared, but the students began “to engage in obscenities, including lewd sexual innuendos.”
Two US Marshals then escorted Duncan off campus.
Law school dean Jenny Martinez and Stanford President Mark Tessier-Loving “officially apologized, confirming that the protesters and administrators violated Stanford policy” days later.
“I am grateful and accepted.” However, the case was not resolved,” he wrote.
Duncan claimed that students are still protesting, wearing masks and forming a human corridor in protest, all because Martinez “apologized to me.”
Students held signs that read ‘trans lives matter’ (pictured) and ‘FED SUCK’
Duncan was criticized in the press for calling the protesters “horrible idiots” and “thugs”, but he argued in his article that “sometimes anger is the right response to vicious behaviour”.
He also criticized elite law schools for failing to teach future lawyers “basic concepts of legal discourse; that intelligence should correspond to intelligence, not to strength.” That the law protects the speaker from the crowd, not the mob from the speaker.”
“Worst of all, Ms. Steinbach’s remarks made it clear that she is proud that Stanford students are being taught the way the law should be.”
Martinez and Tessier-Loving acknowledged that the staff “should have enforced university policy” and “failed” to do so. They said Steinbach “interfered in inappropriate ways inconsistent with the university’s commitment to free speech.”
“We are taking steps to prevent such a thing from happening again. Freedom of speech is a cornerstone principle for a law school, a university, and a democratic society, and we can and must do better to ensure that it continues even in polarized times,” the apology letter concluded.