UC Santa Barbara Prof Who Attacked Pro-Lifers Pleads No Contest
Mireille Miller-Young, the associate professor of feminist
studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, pleaded no contest Thursday to
charges of grand theft, vandalism, and battery. A sentencing hearing has
been set for late August.
You may remember Miller-Young, whose expertise is in race, sexuality, porn, sex work, black culture & feminism. Last March, she stole a sign from pro-lifers who were peacefully demonstrating in the "Free Speech Zone" on campus and then attacked and scratched one of the young pro-lifers when she tried to retrieve it.
Not only did Miller-Young not express any remorse for her actions - she suggested she was the victim - and had set a good example for her students, some of whom were with her when the altercation took place.
Thrin and Joan Short, daughters of Life Legal Defense Foundation Legal Director, Katie Short, were staging the
demonstration with some other students "to educate about abortion and promote its alternatives."
calling the police at the time of the attack, the sisters captured the
altercation on video, which shows Miller-Young shoving and grabbing
16-year old Thrin, who bore visible scratches on both arms following the
assault. Despite Thrin's wounds, the Short family has called for
restraint in speaking about Miller-Young.
The footage also captured Miller-Young parading through campus with the stolen sign, leading students in the theft and destruction of it.
"Today's plea brings us one step closer to seeing justice done in this case," said Katie Short, an attorney. "Pro-life advocates should not be subjected to intimidation and violence for lawfully exercising their right to free speech, and we are happy to see that Ms. Miller-Young is being held accountable for her actions."
The university has not made a public statement about the assault nor issued an apology for the criminal actions of its employee and students, but two weeks after the incident, Vice-Chancellor Michael Young sent a letter to UC Santa Barbara students and faculty decrying the presence of "outsiders coming into our midst to provoke us, to taunt us and attempt to turn us against one another.”
The Vice Chancellor also urged students to notify the Office of Student Life if they "feel harassed" or believe that "outsiders" are violating the law, even though the only person who violated the law was a member of his own faculty.
It is not known whether the university has imposed any disciplinary actions on Miller-Young, who is still listed as a member of the faculty