Re: “Artis back on UNC football team,” News & Observer, July 7:
For those unfamiliar with this story, you would probably think that Artis had been out with an injury or maybe family problems. The fact is Artis was suspended from the football team last fall after Delaney Robinson, a fellow UNC student, publicly accused him of rape and he was subsequently legally charged with a misdemeanor.
Wow, misdemeanor for rape? Not too many years ago, this charge would start preparations for the scaffold.
In April, UNC’s Title IX office — another federal tax-sucking bureaucracy — concluded Artis did not violate any university policy. Does rape come under the umbrella of policy at UNC? That’s all it says; no explanation to substantiate the ruling. If this has been such a hot scoop for the N&O, why not dig a little deeper and give us all the facts?
The Orange County district attorney dropped the charges as a result of the Title IX ruling. Didn’t the county attorney conduct his own investigation? Title IX should not have jurisdiction to determine the guilt or innocence in a rape indictment. What happened to our 12-person jury system?
If a rape case is so newsworthy, isn’t it practical for the public’s desire to know why such a serious charge as this is all of a sudden scratched by ruling of a federal government bureaucracy?
How about the accuser? The article tells us nothing about her situation in this aftermath. Did she renege in her accusation? Come on, N&O, give us the rest of the story. Why are you afraid? Maybe it’s because there is not sufficient space for another dagger in the heart of the mighty Tar Heels’ athletic program.
Also, about Ms. Robinson. Since the charges against Artis have been officially dropped, doesn’t this leave her in a precarious position? Maybe there will be a lawsuit; I hope so. Remember O.J.? The truth prevailed in the civil lawsuit.
No doubt, some will say I am overreacting, but to me, this article carries an unmistakable pungent odor.