So what’s going on with everyone’s favorite beauty queen turned law student turned alleged kidnapper, Kumari Fulbright?
First, she’s still suspended from the University of Arizona’s law school. As reported yesterday in the UA student newspaper, The Wildcat (yes, The Wildcat — how apropos):
On Jan. 7, Fulbright and her lawyer, Marc Beginin, met with UA officials and Fulbright was placed on interim suspension by the Dean of Students Office, said Johnny Cruz, a university spokesman.
“There’s no designated end date as to when the status will change,” Cruz said Thursday. “Any student on interim suspension cannot be on campus.”
Beginin pointed out that the suspension is a mandatory part of school policy. “It’s only an administrative suspension that is an automatic function when someone’s involved in an investigation,” he said Thursday. “It wasn’t a decision based on merits of the case.”
Second, on a much more exciting note: Kumari Fulbright has contacted us! Since the scandal broke, she hasn’t been speaking with the media, letting her lawyer to do the talking. So we were thrilled and honored to receive this message from her, via Facebook:
You forgot a quote of mine on your blog…..
“God gave you 2 ears and 1 mouth…. Take the hint”
With all that Ivy League education under your belt that should be reasonably self explanatory… but maybe not.
Well, God also gave us two (2) hands, with which to type up blog posts. Anyway, back to Kumari:
Also, where is your country of origin? In the United States we believe in innocent until proven guilty.
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
We usually enjoy being abused by beautiful legal divas, but for some reason we didn’t take kindly to this. Read our response, after the jump.
For various reasons — e.g., our status as a natural-born U.S. citizen, former federal prosecutor, law firm associate (where we did a little white-collar criminal defense work), and federal appeals court clerk — we did not appreciate being lectured, by a 2L, on the presumption of innocence in American law. But we issued a fairly temperate response:
I was born in the United States (New York). As a former prosecutor, I’m familiar with the workings of the criminal justice system, including the presumption of innocence.
I’ve never said or written anything to call into question the presumption of innocence as applied to your case. In my coverage, I have noted that the allegations against you are mere allegations.
See, e.g., this post. After quoting a tipster who referred to Kumari Fulbright as “felonious,” we wrote: “We object — strenuously. The ‘felonious’ part is not established; she’s been indicted, not convicted.”
We concluded our message to Kumari as follows:
You’re most welcome for my past support, and you can certainly count on my continuing support in the future. I think you are fabulous. Don’t let the haters get you down!
We toyed with the idea of ending our message by writing, “Go on with your bad self!” But after brief reflection, we decided that would be unwise. If Kumari Fulbright misbehaves while out on bail, we don’t want to be tagged with aiding and abetting.
In case you’re curious, here’s the Facebook exchange in its original format:
UA law student to remain suspended [Arizona Daily Wildcat]