The Sexist

Howard Stalker Case Could Go To Supreme Court

Howard University law professor Dawn Martin filed a suit against her former employer after her complaints of being stalked on campus fell on deaf ears—and resulted in her firing, she says. Later this month, the Supreme Court will decide whether it will hear the case. (In March of this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided in Howard's favor). Martin's press release details the fantastic case:

As a law professor at Howard University, Dawn Martin was stalked by a delusional, homeless, serial stalker of African-American female professors. The stalker, Leonard Harrison, was searching for the physical embodiment of his "fantasy" wife — a fictional female character, Geneva Crenshaw, in a book, And We are not Saved, written by Prof. Derrick Bell.

Instead of following its own security procedures to ban the stalker from campus, Howard responded to her requests for protection by refusing to renew her teaching contract. Prof. Martin sued Howard,alleging sexual harassment/hostile work environment and retaliation for protesting sexual harassment.

The hearing is set for November 14. More on this story as it develops.

  • Jana Baldwin

    As one who has been stalked it is the most horrific terrifying experience and the fact that Howard knew this man was "out there" is deplorable.