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Sex Assault on Campus, Prisoner Abuse at Rikers and Dark Money Rising (MuckReads Weekly)

Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email? Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend. 

“It wasn’t me, it was her,” the teammate replied. - Hobart and William Smith College’s handling of a young woman’s rape complaint offers a window into the adjudication of sexual assault on college campuses. Despite conflicting statements offered by football players accused in the case, the college cleared them after a 12-day investigation by a panel that “acted as prosecutor, judge and jury.” — New York Times via @1conoclast

Brutal abuse at America’s second largest prison - An investigation of violence at New York’s Rikers Island uncovered at least 129 cases of inmates who suffered injuries at the hands of prison guards so serious that they couldn’t be treated at jail clinics. The cases are detailed in a secret study, obtained by the New York Times, which also found that 77 percent of the inmates injured were considered mentally ill.  — New York Times via @cm_thompson3

Dark Money rises and IRS oversight shrinks - With another round of midterm elections on the horizon, the Center for Public Integrity assesses the shrinking oversight and influence of the IRS in managing the ever-rising flow of anonymous cash flowing into politics through “social welfare”nonprofits. — Center for Public Integrity via @juliepatel

As desegregation orders end, more cities look to “break away” schools - “In city after city, mostly middle class parents, dissatisfied with their public school districts, are trying to break away,”Frontline reports. Parents’ efforts create better opportunities for some children, while others are left with school systems that are resegregating along race and class lines. — Frontline via @Cezary

More mucks: A canon lawyer and former archivist for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is accusing the archbishop of ignoring her warnings that “nearly 20”clergy members involved in sexual misconduct were still active in ministry in 2008. In Colorado, the state attorney general is suing two foreclosure firms for allegedly defrauding homeowners, banks and taxpayers of millions by exploiting the foreclosure process for profit. Finally, who bears responsibility when baseball fans are struck by foul balls? Atlanta Magazine reports on one family’s tragedy and the litigation of “the Baseball Rule.”

 

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