After the Duke lacrosse players were charged with "raping" a hired "exotic dancer," they were kicked out of school, their coach fired - and a gaggle of professors paid for a full page newspaper ad denouncing the young men and their alleged conduct.
The students and coach not only were innocent - as "presumed" by the state, despite their being charged - but subsequently were declared innocent by the state's attorney general.
Since then, Duke reportedly has agreed to pay each of the real victims in this matter, more than a million dollars each. That might cover their legal bills and offer some comfort.
But how about those self-righteous professors? The ones whose names were on that ad denouncing the young athletes, who were the real victims?
The professors should be required to pay damages, and for another advertisement in the same newspapers - one carrying a written apology, along with their signatures and pictures. The stripper probably can't afford to do so - but the professors obviously can.
And, socially, they should be regarded as in the same class as the stripper.