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‘Despicable and indefensible’: Legal Insurrection’s thread with details from Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College trial is ‘a must read’

Before we kick off the thread with new details about the Oberlin trial, here’s a little background from a previous post for those who might be new to the story:
Oberlin College was hit with an $11 million verdict in its case against Gibson’s Bakery, after the college pulled contracts and students protested when an employee stopped three black Oberlin College students from shoplifting.
The students were caught on camera and pleaded guilty, but the very woke students and administration at Oberlin decided to start protests and boycotts to destroy the family-owned business, claiming the owners were racist and had a history of racial profiling.
Legal Insurrection reported that the punitive damages hearing would wrap up and the case head to the jury Thursday, and the jury decided to hit Oberlin College with the maximum penalty, bringing the total to $33 million.
In a new thread, Legal Insurrection, which has been all over the story from the start, has many more details about the trial:
This is all something else:


This weekend going to be tweeting excerpts from our Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College trial coverage, will take a while, watch this thread. Let's start with administrator suggesting campus worse than nursery school https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-1-it-was-a-mob-mentality-out-there/ 

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Oberlin College had "no trespass" list keeping about 400 locals off campus, and it had "a disproportionate number of African-Americans on it” -- sounds like the college was the racial profiler, not Gibson's https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-1-it-was-a-mob-mentality-out-there/ 

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Sometimes lawyers ask question just to make a point: “You did these things to appease the students, for the school to be thought of as treating minority students better, right?” Plakas asked. “That statement is absolutely false,” Raimondo answered." https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-3-to-unleash-the-students-or-not-that-was-the-question/ 
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African-American bakery employee denied racism, said Raimondo "orchestrating" protest and flyer distribution “She had a stack of them and while she was talking on the bullhorn, she handed out half of them to a student who then went and passed them out.” https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-3-to-unleash-the-students-or-not-that-was-the-question/ 
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Oberlin College promised full investigation of incident, but never did: "Raimondo suggested to Jones they should “dodge” the media’s question because “our phrasing was unfortunate” that they said they were indeed doing an investigation." https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-4-as-protests-grew-mrs-gibson-was-very-nervous-and-afraid/ 
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Senior college admin rejected community warning “the students are on the wrong side of this issue” and “they refuse to [listen to] anything that doesn’t fit their narrative … the townspeople are furious. I find this misdirected rage very disturbing.” https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-4-as-protests-grew-mrs-gibson-was-very-nervous-and-afraid/ 
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That completes Day 4 of 13 days of witness testimony -- keep in mind as Oberlin College tries to spin this as them being held responsible for student speech -- that's not what case was about, it was their own conduct and speech https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/06/what-the-media-is-getting-wrong-about-gibsons-bakery-libel-verdict-against-oberlin-college/ 
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90-yr-old Allyn W. "Grandpa" Gibson testified “[We’ve had] some threats made to us... Some of the students seem afraid to come in the store after the protests .... so their friends don’t see that they shopped with us.” https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-5-90-year-old-allyn-w-gibson-testifies-some-threats-made-to-us/ 
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Marketing expert called by Gibsons pointed out college-age consumer decisions driven by desire "to be perceived as fitting in" - obvious implications for reputational damage in college town like Oberlin, jury paid close attention https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-5-90-year-old-allyn-w-gibson-testifies-some-threats-made-to-us/ 
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Oberlin College (unsuccessfully) tried to keep out police records showing no racial profiling at Gibson's Bakery: 40 arrested, 32 were white (80%), six were African-American (15%), and two were Asian (5%), pretty much matched city's racial makeup. https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-6-whats-a-bakery-worth/ 
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Culture of corruption - large percentage of shoplifting arrests were Oberlin College students (82.5%), what student mag called the Oberlin College "Culture of Theft" (mag not admitted in evidence, stats were)https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-6-whats-a-bakery-worth/ 
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On day 7 they didn't rest, they presented plaintiffs' damages expert: the bakery/market had already lost and will lose about $5.8 million from the school’s alleged racist accusations (note - jury ended up giving business about half that for compensatory) https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-7-damages-expert-says-show-gibsons-the-money/ 
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David Gibson wanted corrective statement from Oberlin College to clear his father's name, it never came: "They caused this thing, and they needed to step up and do the right thing. They never did,” he said, looking to his father. https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-8-my-dad-was-going-to-pass-away-labeled-as-a-racist/ 
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David Gibson made repeated requests for corrective statement that they were not racist and no racial profiling: “They ignored me" -- if Oberlin College had done that the lawsuit might have been avoided, but the arrogance of the college got in the way https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-8-my-dad-was-going-to-pass-away-labeled-as-a-racist/ 
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Oberlin College officials didn't bother to tell David Gibson directly the bakery was cut off, food service company told him ‘It comes from the college and it comes from the top.’ -- this was part of intentional interference with business relations claim https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/gibsons-bakery-v-oberlin-college-trial-day-8-my-dad-was-going-to-pass-away-labeled-as-a-racist/ 
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And the thread continues. Follow @LegalInsurrection to see it unfold this weekend.
one can only marvel at the blinkered, agenda-driven mentality of bureaucrats at American universities... so, self-confident and righteous.
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Wow. Just read this. So, Oberlin College was afraid of students who might throw food on the floor?I went to college and I never saw any "temper tantrums" in the cafeteria, but pretty sure there would have been "consequences". Catering to "brats" = 30+ million verdict!
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This was fascinating. The facts vs self-righteous delusional group think. This would make an excellent movie, I think, from the trial reporting on your website. The daily journal of the trial.
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Anybody in Hollywood care to take on this particular project? Anyone?

1 comment:

  1. Oberlin probably could have settled the entire affair at the time with an apology to the bakery and giving the students involved a brief suspension. That they chose to mishandle it in the way they did shows how far astray and extreme the institution had become.

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