Where are they? (version no. 99)


A man accused of raping a former Duke student last year is in jail again, charged with the same crime against a different woman.

The first victim’s father says the new charge could have been prevented if bond had been set higher in the case involving his daughter.

Michael Jermaine Burch was charged in February 2007 with the second-degree rape of a Duke freshman in a bathroom during a party at a residence at 405 Gattis St.

After getting out of jail on a $50,000 bond, Burch was arrested again Nov. 14 on charges of second-degree rape, first-degree sex offense and felony aiding and abetting.

I’m asking this again: where are they? Where are the pot-bangers and the protesters? Where are the candlelight vigils? Where are the angry columnists? Where are the professors and campus activists demanding that something be done?

The questions are by now rhetorical. We already know the answer. These rapes are like the hundred other rapes in Durham (see footnote 2): not particularly useful to them for political gain, so they keep quiet and spare the pots.

Jon Sanders / Director of Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...

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