Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Thursday, July 27, 2006

University of Virginia Dean of African-American Affairs M. Rick Turner acknowledges he misled DEA about drug dealer

From the Cavalier Daily, the University of Virginia student newspaper, full story here:

Turner put on leave after probation agreement

Dean of African-American Affairs M. Rick Turner has been put on administrative leave after signing a pretrial diversion agreement with federal prosecutors. According to the agreement, Turner acknowledged that last July, during a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation, he misrepresented his knowledge of the activities of a "known drug dealer." Turner signed the agreement, requiring him to serve a year-long probationary period and truthfully testify in court proceedings, in exchange for not being prosecuted and the charges being dropped at the conclusion of his cooperation.
Turner has served as dean of the Office of African-American Affairs since 1988, and is a controversial and outspoken advocate of black students and the local black community. Outside of his role at the University, he is president of the Charlottesville/Albemarle chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People…
According to the agreement, Turner faced up to five years' imprisonment and a fine for violating a federal law which subjects any person who makes materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statements or representations in the course of an investigation.
By signing the pretrial diversion agreement, Turner is instead subject to a 12-month probationary period, during which he must report to a probation officer and waive his rights under the Fifth Amendment by testifying truthfully at any court proceedings, among several other specific conditions.
College fourth-year Gregory Jackson, former president of the historically black Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, expressed his support for Turner and Terry.
"I'm confident that Dean Terry will do a great job in Dean Turner's leave," he said.
Tamara Dottin, president of the Black Student Alliance, urged members of the community to wait for all of the facts before passing judgment.
"His many accomplishments speak for themselves, and I think it's best we wait for details to surface before rushing to judgments," Dottin said…

In the past Turner has advocated for the government to take away property and wealth from White Americans and redistribute it to Black Americans as a form of reparations for slavery and Civil Rights Violations. It is an embarrassment that the top Public University in the country has only put this man on administrative leave and not fired him outright. He was an embarrassment before and now he is a criminal. He would not have agreed to probation if he was not guilty, and the fact that there are still people sticking by him shows how ignorant they are too.


Blogger Brooke said...

He is nothing but a racist, lying, hate-mongering criminal... No wonder he wasn't fired! He fits in perfectly in a university!

Thu Jul 27, 11:33:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Brooke, the Washington Post mentioned today that yesterday, Turner announced that he would retire at the end of the month (Washington Post, July 27, 2006, B2). Of course he is also 65 years old so retiring makes sense but he would also get a retirement package from the school which will be paid for by the Virginians in tax money. I am sure Turner hade tenure, so it would have difficult to fire him, but lying about the activities of a drug dealer to the DEA would seem appropriate enough cause to fire a professor even if they have tenure.

Thu Jul 27, 06:42:00 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

It seems that although many things would be appropriate to get a professor fired, they seldom are. Even if the University gave him a ultimatum of "retire or else," they have still capitulated.

Fri Jul 28, 03:30:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well there is really very little a university can do once they grant a professor tenure. Not all professors have tenure, and in fact a lot fewer of them do than you would think. To get tenure you have to be a full professor and hold a PhD. To become a full professor takes 7 at least 7 years once you have achieved a PhD and been hired by a school that wants to keep you. The reason they grant tenure is because schools can not pay as much as the private sector, so in granting a job for life with all the job security that that entails, it is a big selling point to get and retain quality instructors. I have no problem with tenure. But, I don’t have a problem with this guy.

Fri Jul 28, 11:18:00 PM  

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