Bakery dilemma and financial judgement

Nov 2005
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Seems that bakeries aren't the pushover that the leftie snowflakes think they are. One just blew up in their faces.
Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College: More than $11 million awarded (UPDATED/VIDEO)
Your assessment is trying to blame "the left" when there is no evidence to justify that assessment.

“We are disappointed with the verdict and regret that the jury did not agree with the clear evidence our team presented,” Varner wrote. “Neither Oberlin College nor Dean Meredith Raimondo defamed a local business or its owners, and they never endorsed statements made by others. Rather, the College and Dr. Raimondo worked to ensure that students’ freedom of speech was protected and that the student demonstrations were safe and lawful, and they attempted to help the plaintiffs repair any harm caused by the student protests.”​
Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College: More than $11 million awarded (UPDATED/VIDEO)

Unfortunately the article does not explain the evidence that supposedly explicitly justifies linking this to the college.
 
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Nov 2005
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The college had some lousy lawyers for letting that range of potential damages to be listed on the verdict form.
Yeah. In reading up on the situation I wondered about the college's attorneys...

The justification for involving the school was ridiculously specious. In reading the evidence presented, I see nowhere where the school committed any real "libel" on this issue.
There were complaints from the plaintiff lawyers that the school did not do enough to stop the students, but this is absurd in presuming the school had any such responsibility in the first place!

Can you imagine if a church could be sued because several church members started spreading lies about a business and picketing that business? While you could find emails within the church showing animosity between the church itself and the business, that does not mean the church caused the problem or had any improper direction of action against the business.
The church could have chosen to tell its congregation to stop, but the church should not be held liable if they don't do that quickly. It's not the church's responsibility!
 
Nov 2018
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The radical Right loves this sort of verdict against a liberal college because it damages higher education, imposes limits on speech, negatively sanctions boycotts, disparages efforts by a college that might be construed as helping African-American students, and ignores disproportionate responses to unlawful activity. Perhaps only if the shopkeeper had a gun and shot the student using the fake ID to buy alcohol, could this whole complicated event be more rewarding to the Right.

info about the original event here:
Trio in Gibson's theft plead guilty
 
Dec 2006
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New Haven, CT
#9
There was a segment about this on the news last night.
The school was in the wrong - and they will probably lose the court case - though, not to the tune of 11 mil.
The left wing extremists painted the bakery as racial profilers and forced the school to cancel their contract with them.
It turns out the two people who were 'racially profiled' had - indeed - stolen merchandise and pleaded guilty to the charges.
But because of the furor, the bakery lost a ton of business, and the school contract which was a lot of money.
The bakery was in the wrong here.

It's odious the way EVERY case is somehow 'connected' to other cases...at least to the reichwingers.
 
Nov 2018
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There was a segment about this on the news last night.
The school was in the wrong - and they will probably lose the court case - though, not to the tune of 11 mil.
The left wing extremists painted the bakery as racial profilers and forced the school to cancel their contract with them.
It turns out the two people who were 'racially profiled' had - indeed - stolen merchandise and pleaded guilty to the charges.
But because of the furor, the bakery lost a ton of business, and the school contract which was a lot of money.
The bakery was in the wrong here.

It's odious the way EVERY case is somehow 'connected' to other cases...at least to the reichwingers.
There are many unknown and many ignored features of this case. Some news reports soon after the original event describe the use of a fake ID to buy wine, some sort of event in the bakery store dealing with a cell phone, a chase involving the store owner running after the accused and a scuffle. It seems like a minor infraction became a huge event which probably was not handled well by one or more college deans or administrators. However, I doubt that "Oberlin College" trustees or directors or regents instigated a criminal enterprise against Gibson's Bakery. There are racial overtones to the entire event.
 

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