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Megyn Kelly lashes out at Amherst College again

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For the second night in a row, Fox News host Megyn Kelly has criticized Amherst College over its handling of a sexual assault accusation.

Kelly opened her show with the story, and could hardly contain her disdain for the way the case was handled. A young man, blacked out after a night of drinking, had a sex act performed on him, and then two years later was accused of sexual assault and expelled. He hired a lawyer to sue the university, and his lawyer discovered text messages strongly suggesting that the accuser was not sexually assaulted. Yet Amherst refused to reopen the case.

Kelly brought in fellow Fox host Trace Gallagher to divulge details of the case, quoting from text messages where the accuser practically bragged about the night in question — with no sign of the distress she claimed she was going through at the time. The accuser even invited another man over that night. He provided a sworn affidavit that she "did not appear in any distress ... she was friendly, flirtatious and spirited."

Gallagher also pointed out that a witness during the accused student's hearing mentioned the text messages, but the school didn't follow up.

Kelly also brought in Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume to comment on the case, who called the situation a "travesty."

"This is the response that these colleges have to these kinds of accusations. And why do they have them? Why would Amherst say after this travesty that you and Trace have just described that the proceedings were fair under government regulations? Because under the government regulations, they may have been fair."

Hume described the regulations, which lower the burden of proof colleges need to convict a student and eviscerate any due process rights of the accused, as "outrageously unfair."

Kelly responded by explaining how the government regulations, designed to protect alleged victims, have swung the pendulum in the wrong direction.

"In an effort to protect alleged victims, [the Department of Education] has completely abolished the rights of defendants, of the accused," Kelly said.

Kelly appears to be the first national host to take up this story of the lack of due process that is becoming common on college campuses across the country. I hope she will continue to cover the issue.

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