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Stanford Law Student Shout-Down Reflects Normalization Of Intimidation Of Conservative Judges

Stanford Law Student Shout-Down Reflects Normalization Of Intimidation Of Conservative Judges

Intimidation of conservative Supreme Court Justices, including protests at their homes, has normalized intimidation of conservative jurists. It’s no surprise that it has trickled down to elite law schools and an attack on Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan.

A crowd of jeering Stanford Law School students shouted down, yelled profanities and sexual mockery (“you can’t find the clit”) at Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan.

Stanford Law School Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Tirien Steinbach then intervened, not to admonish the students, but to spend several minutes berating the Judge for having the audacity to appear at Stanford Law School, which was traumatic to the students given his conservative judicial decisions: “Is the Juice” of his appearing “worth the squeeze” on students, she asked.

This all was performative. None of those protesting students were forced to go into the classroom holding the lecture, and they engaged in a ritual walkout after they had prevented the Judge from giving his prepared remarks.

We detailed what happened in Stanford Law Students, With Support From Diversity Dean, Shout Down Visiting Appeals Court Judge Because He’s Conservative.

(full video here)

Let me guess, you are “shocked” that the ideological hooliganism that permeates the rest of higher ed has manifested itself in law school.

Sure, the Yale Law School meltdown against a conservative lawyer happened:

As did the UC Hastings Law School verbal assault on Ilya Shapiro.

But those weren’t judges.

I’m so old I remember when the new red law school guard honored a line it would not cross: Visiting Judges may not be revered, but they also weren’t abused. Why is anyone surprised that this judicial line in the sand has been breached?

Did you not witness the disruptions of the Senate confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh?

Did you not witness protesters trying to break their way into the Supreme Court building to try to prevent Kavanaugh’s swearing in?

Did you not see Chuck Schumer try to whip up angry mobs against the Supreme Court over a looming abortion ruling?

Did you not see well-organized, aggressive, and ongoing protests at the homes of conservative Supreme Court Justices before and after the abortion ruling?

Did you not see the White House give a nod and a wink to such protests at Justices homes?

Did you not see a Georgetown University law professor express open support for such protests?

Did you not see the FBI and Department of Justice sit on their hands even though the protests meant to intimidate judges at their homes appeared to violate a specific statute?

Did you not see liberals mock attempts to provide extra security for Justices after the Kavanaugh assassination attempt?

Have you been asleep? Why are you surprised?

The Stanford Law student shout-down of Judge Duncan was a long time in the making, and such conduct to inimidate conservative judges  has been normalized by academia, Democrats, the media, and the present federal government.

And it’s being justified by leftist legal commenters, who claim that the cause of the disruption was Judge Duncan daring to show up, which was a deliberate provocation:

“My advice to students is that malicious groups like the Federalist Society want you to behave in a way that they can use to make themselves out as victims. And then they will use that false victimhood to pressure your campus into making concessions to them. So act accordingly.”

“Homophobic troll Kyle Duncan goes to Stanford, gets predictably yelled at, wants Stanford to apologize for treating him like a homophobic troll.

Really, it’s the entire raison d’être for FedSoc. “We’re mad people treat our odious views as odious.”

Also, make no mistake, the reason why Stanford FedSoc (which is in California) invited Duncan (whose on the 5th circuit in Louisiana) was to CREATE this kind of ruckus. And that’s why Duncan accepted (who was video taping it).”

The university and law school have now issued a formal apology:

We write to apologize for the disruption of your recent speech at Stanford Law School. As has already been communicated to our community, what happened was inconsistent with our policies on free speech, and we are very sorry about the experience you had while visiting our campus.

We are very clear with our students that, given our commitment to free expression, if there are speakers they disagree with, they are welcome to exercise their right to protest but not to disrupt the proceedings. Our disruption policy states that students are not allowed to “prevent the effective carrying out” of a “public event” whether by heckling or other forms of interruption.

In addition, staff members who should have enforced university policies failed to do so, and instead intervened in inappropriate ways that are not aligned with the university’s commitment to free speech.

We are taking steps to ensure that something like this does not happen again. Freedom of speech is a bedrock principle for the law school, the university, and a democratic society, and we can and must do better to ensure that it continues even in polarized times.

The apology is better than no apology, but it means nothing in the grand scheme of things, because the administrative apology treats this as an aberration rather than a symptom of the deeper disease. The academic disease of the monoculture hostile to (partial list) conservatives, Christians, dissidents, and free thinkers, persists. The political disease of attacking conservative judges persists.

All lines have been crossed. Don’t be shocked next time when the result is even worse than a shout-down and profanity-laced verbal abuse.

This tweet had it right: “Never forget, these students’ next stop is the DOJ”

This is our future.


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Cicero’s first oration against Cataline in the Senate?

Talk is very cheap. Actions speak louder than words – I’m waiting for fines and expulsions.

irishgladiator63 | March 11, 2023 at 10:05 pm

If I were the judge, I would figure out (or have my clerk figure out) just exactly who was there heckling. Then when they applied for the bar I would be sure to send a letter regarding their character and fitness to be attorneys.

“We are taking steps to ensure that something like this does not happen again.”
Fire the Dean, or you’re just whacking off.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to henrybowman. | March 13, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    … and unless they’re creative, aggressive, and effective in their “steps” they can be perp-walked out today with their things out in a cardboard box, today and a check for straight wage-slaved money for time served.

    They are free to try to get back “their” perks and padding, like pension vesting, signing bonus, termination allowance, housing, COBRA extensions, office privileges, publication support services, or access to the faculty club.

    If they try, the fiduciary breach suit would be spectacular (and real.)

    /moar popcorn

The thing I used to wonder most about history, especially leading up to WWII, was how advanced societies could seemingly lose their minds and go off the rails in seemingly a blink of an eye.

After just the last few years, I no longer wonder. As the Chinese curse goes, “May you live in interesting times.” We certainly do now.

These Red Guard LARPers are pathetic … until they become violent. And gradually they’re approaching the banks of the Rubicon.

    Whitewall in reply to LukeHandCool. | March 12, 2023 at 10:06 am

    When ‘they become violent’. And then they take casualties on their side. A stunted mind becomes violent when confronted.

    Massinsanity in reply to LukeHandCool. | March 12, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    Anyone notice the demographic breakdown of the protestors who walked out? Best guess, 90% women. Why is that? Often the first to side with a group (the Ts) who want to make them irrelevant.

    What makes them so gullible for all this DEI nonsense? And so irrational? Completely incapable of debating an issue but willing to shout and scream and stomp their feet when challenged in any way.

      You forgot FAT women. In any event, feminists useful idiots have churned out women who have no chance at happiness, no matter what they look like.

      In other words: no children, no homelife, no husband, no nuclear family – no healthy sex life or true affection.

      No wonder they’re lunatics.

        Those are the ones who end up running school boards and become school faculty

          BierceAmbrose in reply to murkyv. | March 13, 2023 at 2:56 pm

          These “institutions” are aptly named. And full of people who didn’t learn in Jr. High Student Government that they had better things to do with their time.

How do you think these students or others from their school will be treated in the courtroom when they end up in Duncan’s courtroom? For a short sighted good feeling, they are risking long term trouble. This is not the sign of intelligence, only that of a blind ideologue.

I hope all the student’s who were involved in the mob tactics never are allowed to pass the bar and practice law, but I know that won’t happen because leftists who dominate the bar have no ethics or sense of duty.

E Howard Hunt | March 12, 2023 at 9:54 am

I’m tired of being told that the entire problem is one of far left indoctrination. God, almighty, look at the “students.” They are nothing but a bunch of shrieking women, third worlders and totally feminized, effete little boys. Fill up the classroom with manly, red blooded all American young men, and then see how easily this nonsense goes down. But, therein lies the weakness, as usual- half the battleground is ceded due to cowardice.

You’re taking too narrow a view. It’s not judges. These days the left is all about intimidating EVERYONE.

The childishness of these narcissistic, self-congratulatory and goose-stepping brownshirts is astounding, as is their lack of self-awareness. In the morally corrupt world in which these toddlers have been raised and indoctrinated — and, they do possess the emotional maturity of toddlers — their infantile, Maoist bullying antics, insults and thuggery are allegedly laudable and courageous.

The apology is CYA window dressing. The students who participated in this obnoxious agitprop, and, the Dean who enabled their antics and rudely mocked the Judge, should be swiftly expelled/fired, and, would have been, already, by a serious law school administration.

I’ve re-read all of the comments … and have to say: “Talk is cheap!”
I believe we’re doing a re-run of Germany 1933 and all these ill-bred geniuses need is one charismatic leader to get them purchasing their shirts of brown, running their videos to learn the goosestep, and picking a group of victims “that started this whole problem”.
Throw them all out of school and bring them up on charges of assault, including that soi-disant dean.

Perhaps adopt some the struggle session, reindoctrination tactics used by leftist university admins? Multiple sessions, written apologies, public shaming, ritual humiliation all to be completed prior to any of these Students being allowed to attend another class. If they fall behind in course work and fail out tough cookies. The faculty involved should be publicly censured and fired. Any entity hiring such a disgraced individual should be automatically suspect.

About this being a nation of laws …

    “We are not a nation of laws. We are a nation of political will, and always will be.” – Steve Deace

      BierceAmbrose in reply to LB1901. | March 13, 2023 at 2:58 pm

      All nations are nations of political will.

      Sometimes, only sometimes, a nation decides to put its will behind being a nation of laws. The paradox is, a nation of laws is what works, but it’s the political will that makes it work.

“…berating the Judge for having the audacity to appear at Stanford Law School,…”

Appear? The man didn’t simply pop out of the void. Guest speakers are invited.

Unless there are expulsions, firings, or criminal prosecutions of the students and associate dean it’s all merely **clown world**