Chancellor backs Pelphrey UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Friday, September 11, 2009

Chancellor backs Pelphrey UPDATE

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 1:15 PM

UA Chancellor David Gearhart backs basketball coach John Pelphrey.

Players who misbehave? They didn't receive a similar ringing endorsement from the chancellor.

UPDATE: John Bass, the Springdale lawyer who represents the freshman woman who says she was raped in the fraternity house bedroom Aug. 27, has issued a statement reiterating her belief that a crime occurred. He questions the thoroughness of the investigation that resulted in the decision not to prosecute. He also has raised the issue of asking for a special prosecutor to review the case, in part because of by-marriage relationships between Washington Prosecutor John Threet and UA athletic hierarchy. Threet is married to a stepdaughter of former Athletic Director Frank Broyles (she's a daughter of his current wife.) Athletic Department spokesman Kevin Trainor's wife is a sister of Threet's wife.


It is now Friday and we have had a few days to review the police report as well as gain additional information from various sources outside of the police and prosecutorial investigation.  The victim and her family were obviously very surprised and disappointed by the decision of the Washington County Prosecutor's Office to not only refuse to file charges in this case, but also by their failure to conduct an independent and thorough investigation of their own.  The victim has alleged that the rape occurred at a fraternity house party, attended by dozens if not hundreds of people; yet the only witnesses interviewed were the accused, a few members of the fraternity, and three people that were not present at the time of the rape.  It cannot be stressed enough that the victim remains 100% adamant in her accusations.  If the UAPD and the Washington County Prosecutor's Office will not investigate this matter further, then the victim and her family have made the decision to move forward on their own.  The family is considering requesting the appointment of a special prosecutor, which would be based partly on the professional conflict arising out of Chief Prosecuting Attorney John Threet's familial relationship to former University of Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles (father-in-law to Threet) and University of Arkansas Athletic Spokesperson Kevin Trainor (brother-in-law to Threet).  Another option would be the possibility of a civil suit involving some or all of the myriad of individuals and entities involved in the incident and investigation.  The family would like to thank everyone for respecting their privacy in this difficult time and would ask that you continue to do so.

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