Judicial Council deserves sanctions
What is wrong with speaking freely about one's opponents? The Observer editorial hit the nail on the head Friday with its stance against the Judicial Council's decision to sanction Moscona/Oxley, but permit me to add a nail to the coffin.
Why not sanction the Judicial Council for breaking its own rules? After all, the same election bylaws that were perverted to reprove Moscona/Oxley require that a six-member committee sanctions candidates, not just two Judicial Council leaders. Regardless of past precedent, Jarotkiewicz and McCarthy had a procedural directive to follow, which they blatantly disregarded. While it is not at all clear that discussing the feasibility of opponents' platforms with one's campaign staff comprises "insulting or defamatory" actions, it is explicitly clear that two people are not six, and that the Judicial Council should be reprimanded for its hasty, unauthorized judgment.
Somebody tell me how to force an apology from the Judicial Council to the student body for breaking the very rules with which they are entrusted to enforce. Such an admission of fault seems to me an appropriate and proportionate response.
Feb. 1, 2002
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