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Old 02-08-2006, 02:21 PM   #68
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,240
Re: Regarding James Smith

And with respect to Mr. Neal, his dojo already sat in judgement of his conduct and delivered what they believed to be appropriate discipline. I don't see that they have any obligation to you or me, or anyone outside their organization, an explanation or defend their actions to us. Our courts recognize the concept of innocent until proven guilty, but they also pay great deference to those who are empowered to make decisions in organizations. I do the same. It is troublesome at best to be second-guessed by those who have only part of the facts in a controversy.

That aside, I still maintain that they should have remained silent about the situation and James could choose to speak up or keep his own counsel regarding the discipline.

"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."
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