Rebekah Jones, 2017 and 2018

Yesterday, we began a slog through Rebekah Jones’ civil and criminal court records. Today, we’ll move from Louisiana cases to Florida court records.

After Jones was fired from LSU, she entered a PhD program in geography at Florida State University. She also was a university employee. She was fired after a Title IX investigation found her responsible for having an inappropriate relationship with an undergraduate student (Garrett Sweeterman) and for stalking and harassing him after he ended the relationship. [Gentle Reader, think about it: a Title IX investigation that came out in favor of the male. How rare is that?] Shortly after she was fired, she was suspended from the doctoral program. She was subsequently banned from the FSU campus.

The records in Leon County, Florida, show that on 16 October, 2017, Jones was charged with Criminal Mischief because of damage she did to Mr. Sweeterman’s car (Case ID: 2017 MM 003464 A001). Four days later, a temporary restraining order was issued against Jones protecting Sweeterman from stalking (2017 DR 003492). A week later, Jones attempted to retaliate against Sweeterman by seeking an “dating violence” injunction, but her petition was dismissed (2017 DR 003573).

On 2 March, 2018, Jones was arrested for violating a domestic violence injunction protecting Sweeterman which required her not to be within 500 ft of FSU or his residence or place of employment and to take her medications as required. Two weeks later, she filed another petition for another “dating violence” injunction (2018 DR 000736) which was denied. The case file for her 2 March arrest (2018 CF 000798 A) shows three charges: Violation of a Domestic Violence Injunction, Trespassing, and Robbery by Sudden Snatching. The case was eventually dropped.

Jones got busier during 2019. It may take a couple of days to work through all the cases.

Meanwhile, my podcasting partner Stacy McCain is writing about Rebekah Jones too, and he’s proposing that Thursday should be Everybody Blog About Rebekah Jones Day. I endorse the idea and plan to participate.

Stay tuned.

Still More TERF Wars Stuff

The New York Times has an opinion piece up titled Trump Cannot Define Away My Existence. As  Daniel Patrick Moynihan once noted, a person is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts. Using someone’s actual genetic sex to determine his (XY) or her (XX) “gender” instead of using some imaginary “gender” the person wishes were true does not erase that person’s existence. However, it does sort them in an objective manner into categories such as which restroom to use.

Meanwhile, there’s a piece over at The Federalist taking note of the fact that the law the Obama Administration used to allow people to select their own gender for Federal government purposes bans discrimination on the basis of sex. Sex is something that is biologically determined, so it would seem that the current administration is correct in returning government regulations and procedures to a scientific basis.

The changes are to take place under Title IX section of a 1972 law that bars sex-based discrimination in federally funded education institutions, but could have far broader implications, in areas such as single sex settings and set aside programs.

Progressives are predictably outraged by the fact that the Trump administration will no longer allow pseudoscience to define the words “man” and “woman,” but this is a common-sense move that will help the government better protect women’s rights and avoid the confusion of trying to regulate the myriad genders that have been invented in the past several years.

It is important to understand that this change will in no way affect how trans people or anybody else choose to label themselves. Rather, it will allow the government to have an objective standard when implementing federal programs. Without such a standard, a haphazard set of rules exists as to who qualifies for legal protections under Title IX.

The Truth isn’t bigoted.

I’m So Old …

… I remember when it was students who were disciplined for crude speech. The College Fix reports that

Just before Christmas, a judge overturned the University of Southern California’s 2016 sexual-assault finding against an accused student, deeming him the victim of a process that was not “fair, thorough, reliabl[y] neutral and impartial.”

One of the errors made by the private institution? The Title IX coordinator and investigator repeatedly called the male student and his adviser “motherfuckers” after they forgot to hang up on a call with them.

Oh, and they called the female student accusing him “a catch.”

USC’s tuition and fees typically exceed $72,000 a year.

Presidential Micromanagement

There’s a bit over in The Corner about the President joking that he would issue an executive order requiring boys to play fair with the girls at recess. The scary part is that he might have the authority to do so under Title IX.

Folks who used to complain about Jimmy Carter being a micromanager should remember that some of us forecast Carter II as the best case scenario for the Obama Administration.