Penn and Francis Get Framed
Summary: Steve Penn and Ron Francis were two very prominent
left-wing student protestors at MIT. After a divestment protest, MIT
disciplinary charges were filed against them for assault (Penn), assault
and assault and battery on a police officer (Francis), and other items.
They were present at the protest, but denied all charges. As the case
went on, evidence in their favor was being ignored and suppressed, the
purpose of the charges seemed to be political intimidation. They were
eventually completely cleared on all counts.
- MIT student newspaper article about the disciplinary complaint
News report about the start of the formal disciplinary process.
- Claims about the political nature
of the complaint
Reasons for why one might think there was abuse of process
- Protestors Penn and Francis acquited
Complete vindication on all counts for the two protestors
- MIT student newspaper editorial about singling out
Penn and Francis
Opposition to the administration's action
- Glavin's conduct warrants rebuke
Letter to the Editor of MIT's student newspaper, criticizing the
conducted of the MIT Chief of Police
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