• Virginia parent fighting 'race-based' admissions policy wins legal batt

    From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Sun Apr 10 09:59:56 2022
    By Danielle Wallace
    Published April 10, 2022

    A Virginia parent and former PTA president who openly criticized what
    he categorized as race-based admissions at an elite public high school
    was delivered a win Friday after four criminal charges were dropped.

    Dr. Harry Jackson, a father and former naval intelligence officer,
    opposed the policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and
    Technology in Alexandria that based admissions more on race and less on
    merit. Steve Descano, a Democratic prosecutor backed by billionaire
    George Soros, pursued criminal charges of libel and slander with
    prejudice against Jackson over tweets published in 2020.


    "I would like to stress this point—what makes this case unique is that criminal charges were brought to suppress free speech. Criminal
    charges! Not a civil lawsuit but criminal charges," RightDefense.org
    attorney Marina Medvin, recently retained to represent Jackson, told
    Newsweek Friday.

    "In this day and age, I believe it is the only case of its kind,"
    Medvin continued. "This should never have happened. But a magistrate
    allowed it to happen—four times. And then a Soros-funded prosecutor
    allowed an innocent man to be criminally prosecuted for the duration of
    seven months."

    Newsweek reported that Descano aimed at dropping prosecution, but
    Medvin sought to have the charge dismissed by a Fairfax County judge in
    order to "restore the public's trust in the First Amendment."

    The separate but related case involving the school admissions policy,
    which a federal judge previously ruled as discriminatory against Asian Americans, is also piquing the interest of the Supreme Court.

    U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton ruled in February that even the
    school’s amended admissions policy still equated to "racial balancing,"
    but a three-judge 4th Circuit appeals panel decided on March 31 that
    the school can temporarily continue to use the policy. A coalition of
    community members, parents and alumni filed an emergency request to
    vacate the stay pending an appeal filed by the school system.

    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday called for a
    response from Fairfax County Public Schools, which has until Wednesday
    to present its arguments. Roberts will then decide on the application,
    which could include referring the case to the full court, according to
    Fox 5 DC.


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