Prof. Jeff Johnson done in court after identity theft and harassment charge(s) unfounded, from Framingham, Massachusetts State, USA, intl., by Charles Dusman, Freelance Editorialist and News Writer, United Kingdom, in consortium with Istanbul Bilgi University
This article was written and released to the press April 29, 2013, as an analysis of academic mobbing.
Charges were suddenly quashed against Prof. Jeff Johnson in pretrial proceedings earlier this year.
Most pretrial proceedings involve a 9-12 month process where both the plaintiff's attorney and defense pursue a disposition agreeable to the plaintiff(s), defendant(s) and counselors. The counselors then present the disposition to the judge. Fruition of a disposition generally requires 9-12 months, particularly those involving misdemeanor allegations.
The pretrial procedure in the United States justice system generally follows the following steps: arraignment, discovery, compliance/election, continuances and status appearances.
This case lasted twenty-two months in pretrial court proceedings. Significant delays are most often caused by unsuccessful efforts for prosecutor and defense attorney to agree on a pretrial disposition. Awaiting evidence analysis is another common cause for delay.
Even more seldom is when prosecutors enter their intent to no longer purse charges after so much time has passed since the filing date. Usually a long passage of time is pursued when the state is strengthening their case against the defendant.
Common reasons a prosecutor/plaintiff may not prosecute include the nature of the offense, lack of or no valid and reliable evidence, the defendantís (lack of) criminal history and (lack of) prior appearances in court. The defendantís residence, employment status, and ties to the community are also contributing variables.
Mr. Johnson could not be reached for comment on the morning of 4/29/13. No phone calls were returned on 4/29/13.
According to former student Aaron Chase, "Jeff [Johnson] is the most docile person I ever met."
Mr. Chase stated that since the individual who filed these charges may still be teaching, he [Johnson] may not want to comment because it was not in the best interest of former, present or current students.
Mr. Chase studied Public Speaking under Johnson in the summer 2009. Chase added, "When I heard about this matter, it felt like I was kicked in the stomach. But I always knew Jeff was innocent and these charges were bogus."
Another student Alla Stackland added, "Everyone in the loop knew that Jeff [Johnson] was innocent. Nobody commented on the charges other than students."
"Nontenured and part-time faculty are the most vulnerable targets of academic mobbing," Strickland added. "There is much less liability for a college or university to target the non-tenured professor regardless of any legal or moral dilemma. Conflicts involving the pairing of one tenured and one non-tenured professor, unions, colleagues and administrators are well-versed, ahead of time, in the institution's potential liability, and very often they feel they can move more cost efficiently on the non -tenured party.
Administrations lack of pursuance to rid this problem and elevate the morale of the academic and collegiate culture is a testament to the chronic problem of academic mobbing.
"Colleagues are unlikely to openly support the target openly out fear of retaliation, and job loss," Strickland added.