Disgraced “Simpsons” Writer Gets Second Shot

(RoyalPatriot.com )- A former TV writer/financial analyst is getting a second chance to earn his Ivy League degree nine years after being denied his Harvard diploma at graduation due to last-minute sexual assault claims.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston reinstated the student’s lawsuit against the school on Tuesday. The court found that they may have gone against Damilare Sonoiki’s “reasonable expectations.”

A recent Colorado Court of Appeals decision, which joined the 10th Circuit in reviving an expelled student’s case against the University of Denver, bears some similarities to the court’s majority judgment. Both underline that private institutions have duties under state law that go beyond the terms of their contracts when it comes to disciplinary actions.

The three-judge panel determined that Sonoiki had a plausible claim that Harvard breached its contract by refusing to provide him a diploma before being adequately prosecuted. Harvard continued to host Sonoiki, a Nigerian immigrant and son, despite the sexual assault allegations.

This also reflects the long-standing internal complaints of Harvard’s sexual misconduct investigations. In an overwhelmingly skewed process against the accused and in no way required by Title IX legislation or regulation, 28 law faculty members, including Alan Dershowitz, publicly criticized Harvard for lacking “the most basic aspects of fairness and due process.”

Sonoiki asserted that Associate Dean Jay Ellison “personally urged” the first student to submit a formal grievance and pressured the second to join by referencing the first. After graduating, his ex-girlfriend joined, seemingly persuaded by the first. According to Thompson, who was appointed to the bench by President Obama at that moment, “Harvard’s adjudicatory wheels started churning.”

Even though Goldman Sachs hired him as the probe got underway, Sonoiki’s admittance to Harvard Business School was withdrawn. When Goldman learned he hadn’t acquired his degree, “he missed out on a lucrative career opportunity.”

Soon after graduating, Sonoiki decided to sue Harvard, which resulted in a second failure after he quit Goldman to work as a writer for “The Simpsons” and “Black-ish.” He admitted to insider trading beginning five years prior in 2018 and claimed that he did it to pay for his Harvard case.
His lawyer, Susan Stone, said they are thrilled to have the opportunity to litigate this matter.