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Faculty Felons?

Are there felons on the Williams faculty? Former professor Bernard Moore claims (pdf) that there are.

Comments:

1) !?!?!?!?!?!?!!?

2) The only felon (?) that I can think of is Professor John Eusden (now emeritus) who was involved and, I think, arrested (and charged? and convicted?) during his participation with in civil rights protest marches with Martin Luther King, Jr. Doubt that this is what Moore has in mind . . .

3) Which faculty members does Moore have in mind? I have no idea. Since he was only at Williams for 14 months, it is unlikely that Moore had meaningful conversations with more than a handful (20?) of other faculty members, almost all of whom would have been in political science. Do faculty members brag about their rap sheets in such a context, demonstrating their street cred to the new hire? Is Moore just making stuff up?

4) How would EphBlog investigate this claim? We have a list of faculty members, but I have no idea how to use “public records” to search for someone’s prior felony convictions. Suggestions?

5) If the College has knowingly hired (and continues to employ!) felons, then Moore might have a point . . .

6) If you are a Record reporter working on this story, EphBlog is spelled E-P-H . . .

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#1 Comment By PSCImajor On January 25, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

I’m glad that the search “reveled” that there were other such faculty.

#2 Comment By kthomas On January 25, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

$35-60 public records subscription. Google it.

#3 Comment By jeffz On January 25, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

I need to add one to this post:

http://www.ephblog.com/2009/09/18/ratings-challenge/

Guess the faculty felons!

#4 Comment By jeffz On January 25, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

In all events, this is all immaterial. Had Moore’s 23 year old conviction been the only blemish on his record, I doubt he would have been fired. If Moore can find faculty members with a felony conviction, who post-conviction continue in the same course of felonious conduct throughout their tenure at Williams, leading to pending incarceration, and reveal neither the continuing course of criminal conduct nor the impending criminal sentencing to the college, well, I’d like to hear about it …

#5 Comment By frank uible On January 25, 2010 @ 11:02 pm

Moore wouldn’t possibly be dissembling on this subject, would he?

#6 Comment By eph On January 26, 2010 @ 12:23 am

It is, perhaps, a wise move on his part. Consider it:

if he is indeed bluffing (i.e., he does not know whether there are felons or not) , the college administration is not likely to call his bluff since they themselves probably don’t know whether there is a felon in the faculty. The would be too afraid to poke whether there are felons there, in case he names them.

Thus, the statement will be taken at face value.

#7 Comment By frank uible On January 26, 2010 @ 3:27 am

No, it won’t.

#8 Comment By kthomas On January 26, 2010 @ 3:43 am

WRT: frank uible:

Frank is correct; however, there is a reasonable chance, that Mr. Moore (despite his obvious faults) is not ‘dissembling.’

@PSCImajor: Nice catch of the “Freudian” slippage of language and hope or desire (not just ‘mis-spelling’.