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Thursday, May 12, 2005
Zach Liberman UNDisqualified (Despite Hilarious DOUBLE Moratorium)
The hearing for BU Presidential Candidate Zach Liberman was held Wednesday night, and a quick and ugly default judgment got the two charges against him, which both carried two censures, dropped to one censure each, leaving him with a total of four.
(EDIT By Ben: The Judicial Council actually did something substantial during pre-oral arguments and re-affirmed the right of witnesses to declare counsel. This is something that had been overlooked in the past... also, election results are tenatively scheduled to be released Friday, 5 PM @ Senate Chambers.)
The Daily Cal has a report, clearly written well in advance, that misses some key information. The most important information the Daily Cal misses (besides the result of the hearing...); Liberman was met by four UCPD officers during his attempt to enter campus, and prevented from doing so. Apparently after his previous arrest, a restraining order was taken out against him that barred him from entering campus without prior permission from high level administrators. (And yes, this was as funny to watch as you probably think that it was.)
The reason for the default judgment was that both sides agreed the lack of briefs filed made it impossible to conduct a fair trial, or something of the sort. It was completely blatantly obvious that Liberman was going to be let back into the race before the appeal began, and the actual trial took less than ten minutes. Council Chair Gregg just had to talk the two sides into agreeing on an excuse that would pass muster with the council in order to lower the punishment against Liberman. (Gregg was literally coaching Liberman's council in how to word his complaint so that the JCouncil could reverse itself.)
It was a sad reversal for the JCouncil, and another example of their decreasing ability to effectively and forcefully enforce their jurisdiction over campaign violations. It also makes their previous decisions awarding both charges two censures look like an over-reach, and Liberman looks vindicated in his charge that he was unfairly persecuted.
Election results out by Friday. CalStuff will have them posted, along with commentary, the moment they happen.Email This Post!
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