On this week’s Slate Plus Political Gabfest bonus segment, hosts John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Emily Bazelon discuss the recent reversal of a high-profile Stanford sexual assault case. Emily Bazelon, who covered the initial ruling for the New York Times Magazine, was credited for contributing “new evidence” to otherwise anecdotal testimonies.
Was the ruling reversed in this mentor-student relationship? Did the university enforce its policy for consensual relationships between teachers and students? Should we be more sensitive in sexual assault cases, or should we reserve judgment until more evidence arrives?