Originally Fearing — who chaired the previous hearing in which Julian Martinez, also represented by the glorious Thomas Frampton, was found not guilty — decided to prohibit the defendant’s representative (Frampton) from speaking at all. For whatever reason, Frampton is now being allowed to represent him.
What a mess. And if you think that’s bad, imagine the panel’s surprise when Frampton pointed out that the defendant never actually received a notice of charges as required by the Code of Conduct. Jeff Woods from OSC insisted that he did. Frampton pointed out that Woods isn’t even the defendant’s conduct officer — Laura Bennett is — and that he wouldn’t even know. Woods asked for a recess in which the notice of charges would be introduced for the first time, despite the fact that OSC’s own Code of Conduct requires all evidence to be admitted at least 5 days prior to the commencement of the formal hearing. The panel is currently in recess trying to figure out whether to even hear this sorry excuse for a case.
What a joke this whole conduct process is. We just learned that Student Regent Jesse Chang was found guilty of sexual battery by UC Irvine’s OSC. The sentence? Disciplinary probation. To put this in perspective, this fucking rapist gets off with probation, while one of this blog’s own contributors was given a stayed suspension and 20 hours of community service for his participation in the 2009 occupation of Wheeler Hall. Even more egregiously, Cheng will not be removed from his position on the Board of Regents, in effect condoning sexual battery. Again: non-violent civil disobedience gets stayed suspension and community service; rape — let’s dispense with the technocratic minimization as “unwanted touching” and call a spade a spade — gets disciplinary probation, a markedly lighter sentence. What the fuck is wrong with these people?!
Update: The hearing ended around 6 pm and will reconvene in early April. Ugh, what a joke. And for future reference, instead of only following @callie_hoo on Twitter, one of our comrades over at Reclaim UC has created a Twitter feed that includes all of those tweeting about the hearing. Check it out here. Peace to @reclaimuc and @sgnfr as well.