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Parker Gilbert Trial Opens
The Valley News had a detailed report today about the first day of the Parker Gilbert trial. The 14-person jury (including two alternates) visited Berry Hall in the College’s Maynard Street dorms, the scene of the alleged crime, and then returned to the Grafton County courthouse in North Haverhill.
Several reporters covered the visit, along with a documentary filmmaker. Gilbert’s defense team includes George Ostler ‘77 of DesMeules, Olmstead & Ostler in Norwich, VT; Cathy Green of Green & Utter in Manchester, NH; and Robert Cary ‘86 of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.
In recent days Grafton County Attorney Lara Saffo has sent subpoenas to numerous Dartmouth students — all members of fraternities and the men’s rugby club — who are now obliged to fly back to the Upper Valley from spring break. It is unclear whether any of these students have already been questioned at any length or formally deposed, and just what their function might be in Gilbert’s prosecution. Perhaps the State will seek to use their testimony to paint the College’s culture in a negative light, though I am told that there are unsavory stories to be told on both sides.
The trial could well be a PR nightmare for Dartmouth, with events and practices that occur at colleges everywhere being tied to the College.
Addendum: The D has a careful description of both opening statements and the testimony and cross-examination of the student who is accusing Gilbert of rape. The Valley News’ second report on the trial is considerably less explicit concerning the events in question than The D’s account, though it notes the occasional high level of alcohol consumption by the complainant.
Addendum: Comparing The D’s coverage with the Valley News’ reporting is of real interest. In the College’s famous Great Issues course, created by President John Sloan Dickey, students were asked to read the reporting on the same event by various news outlets.
Addendum: The trial is currently being covered by reporters from the Valley News, The Dartmouth, and two TV stations, WMUR and WCAX — only local press for the time being, at least.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…