It was only a matter of time! Over the last few weeks, I have been exposing the relentless pattern of false accusations put together by the University of Winnipeg, and especially professors Bush and Metz, which resulted in me being expelled from University and even thrown in jail. The straw that broke the camel's back seems to have been the shocking admission by Professor Lauralyn Cantor, who personally called on U of W President Lloyd Axworthy last week to tell him that the very damaging accusations she made against me in her letter of Nov 2011 did not, after all, represent her own opinions; but were written up at the request of Associate Dean John Anchan for the purpose of making out a case against me for Non-Academic Misconduct.
This morning I was personally contacted by Axworthy who expressed his profound shame at the way I had been treated, and promised to move immediately to restore my reputation and punish those who had....
Well....actually, that's not what happened. It might have been nice, but it didn't.
What actually happened is this: after Professors Bush and Metz accused me of attempting to carry out a home invasion at Professor Bush's residence, I sued Bush for defamation. I actually didn't have much of a chance of winning my lawsuit, because it was only my word against his. I had no proof of what Bush actually said. But then the University went ahead and pressed criminal charges against me! That was a mistake.
At my criminal trial, I got all kinds of incriminating admissions, including explicit emails, out of the university witnesses. I promptly filed them as evidence in my civil suit for defamation. This was a huge problem for the U of W. What had started out as a very shaky case of slander (verbal defamation) was now starting to look like a rock-solid case of libel (written defamation). Mrs. Cantor's admission was an unexpected bonus...I only got the chance to examine her because security chief Martin Grainger tried unsuccessfully to blame my expulsion on an incident where I was "virtually screaming in the face" of an invited guest, an ASL translator. Mrs. Cantor not only debunked that story, she recanted her original attribution of the events in which my behavior had been characterized as extremely offensive. Now she admitted that she herself had seen nothing improper about my conduct; on the contrary, I had been highly respectful and complimentary towards the guest.
So it would have been altogether reasonable for Mr. Axworthy, in the light of all this, to step in and take action; to call for a fresh investigation into the way the proceedings against me were carried out, and to punish those who were guilty of misconduct in persecuting me. But that's not what happened...
Instead the University has now moved to strike out all the evidence I gathered at the criminal trial! They've filed a motion in the civil proceedings, asking the judge to declare all those incriminating emails inadmissible. It's basically a legal maneuver that means even if everything I've uncovered is true, I won't be allowed to use it at trial.
This may be a sound legal strategy: but what ethical justification can the University have for using it against me? The answer is plain: the ethical justification is that they think they can get away with it.
I don't think they will. But that's a story for another day.