Back in June of 2015, a male student at Amherst College was expelled for sexual assault even though there was evidence that suggested he never attacked anyone. In fact, evidence showed he was a victim of rape.
Reason reported on Tuesday that a judge blocked the accused student’s efforts to bring the case back to trial. The judge also refused to subpoena his female accuser’s text messages because it “would impose emotional and psychological trauma” on her.
Judge James Robart’s ruling implies that a female college student’s feelings are more important than a man’s right to due process.
Robart has a history of controversial decisions. He is the same judge who put a hold on President Trump’s 90-day travel ban on seven terror-infected countries. He also declared in a ruling that “Black Lives Matter” during a case against the Seattle Police Department.
The alleged rape took place on February 4, 2012 when the blacked out drunk male student received oral sex from the accuser. After the event, the female student texted another male student and asked him to come to his room, so they could have sex.
In a series of text messages to the residential advisor, the female student admitted to the sexual encounter and said she wasn’t an innocent bystander.
It took more than two years before she filed claims of being sexually assaulted. Administrators never reviewed the text messages during the first trial.
Months after the decision was made the accused student discovered the text messages and filed a lawsuit against Amherst College. During the retrial, the accused’s legal team demanded to bring the text messages as evidence, but the judge declined.
Robart said because he wasn’t suing his accuser directly, she didn’t need to be involved and it would cause her trauma to forward text messages. Her feelings mattered more than his innocence in the eyes of the judge.