5 results for month: 05/2018


Michigan State’s Nassar Settlement Could Set A Troubling First Amendment Precedent

But even if this condition will have little to no impact on the survivors, it’s both telling and troubling that MSU would even try to put this on the table. James Marsh, an attorney for victims of sexual abuse and assault and a member of CHILD USA’s independent commission looking into the institutional failures around the Nassar case, expressed his concern about this.“That a state institution [MSU] would politically silence victims and basically pay them to give up their First Amendment rights goes way beyond the current criticism about gag orders,” he told me via text message. This condition was no ordinary “don’t talk about what’s ...

Nassar bills expected to change regardless of MSU deal

The settlement agreement requiring victims to drop support of certain bills was “extraordinary” as it allows one branch of government to demand citizens not engage in advocacy protected by the First Amendment, said James Marsh, an attorney whose White Plains, New York Marsh Law Firm represents sexual abuse victims.“It’s like basically giving the residents of Flint a bottle of water in exchange for them not exercising their First Amendment rights to petition the Legislature,” said Marsh, whose firm tweeted about the MSU settlement.A University of Michigan Law School graduate who still owns property in the state, Marsh, partner of New ...

Transparency needed in GCCC cheer coach probe

I read with interest your articles about the abrupt resignation of the cheerleading coach at GCCC, and allegations of the college’s years-long apathy in the face of multiple complaints by cheerleaders of sexual harassment.Title IX, the federal statute mandating equal opportunity in education, requires schools receiving federal aid to respond appropriately to reports of sexual harassment. Thus, the ultimate question: Did the college respond appropriately to multiple reports of sexual harassment?The Telegram’s stories provide much relevant information. But they do not allow the public to draw a well-grounded conclusion on the appropriateness ...

Settlement reached between former professor, victims depicted in child porn

ERIE — An undisclosed settlement has been reached in the federal civil suit between a former award-winning college professor from Meadville convicted on child pornography charges and the eight victims depicted in the pornography authorities found on his computers.In December 2016, the victims, identified only by pseudonyms, filed a lawsuit against Kirk Nesset in U.S. District Court in Erie for statutory damages of $150,000 each plus compensatory and punitive damages.Katie M. Shipp, an attorney who represents the eight victims along with Hepbrurn, also declined comment when contacted by the Tribune by email.Nesset formerly was a tenured ...

James R. Marsh Appointed to Blue Ribbon Commission Examining the Larry Nassar Scandal

CHILD USA, the University of Pennsylvania-based think tank focused on child abuse and neglect, with $300,000 in funding from the Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD), today announced the establishment of an independent Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the institutional responses to sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. The announcement came at the Athletes and Abuse Symposium hosted at the University of Pennsylvania, where leading national experts on sports, law enforcement, child sexual abuse, and child development convened to examine the repeated abuse of athletes across the spectrum of sports and ages.

“Game Over: Commission to Protect Youth Athletes” led by Marci Hamilton, CEO of CHILD USA and Fox Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, will have 16 members, and will immediately engage in a fact-finding exercise, before conducting public hearings to bring greater light to what happened and what went wrong in reporting. The commission expects to release a full, public report, in the beginning of 2020 with the goal of preventing abuse in the future.