Girlfriend of ASU Football Player Suspended for Domestic Violence Recants Story

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Kelsi Langley and Davon Durant.
The girlfriend of a highly touted Arizona State University football recruit publicly recanted claims yesterday that her boyfriend assaulted her.

Davon Durant, a junior college transfer ranked by multiple recruiting services as the nation's top junior college linebacker, was suspended indefinitely from the team last month after his arrest on domestic violence charges.

However, Durant's accuser, 19-year-old Kelsi Langley, is no longer accusing Durant of assaulting her.

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New Videos Released of ASU Professor Ersula Ore's Arrest

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Three new videos of the arrest of Ersula Ore have surfaced, showing different perspectives of the infamous take-down and allowing viewers to hear the concern of witnesses.

Arizona State University released the videos following a public-records request by New Times. Last week, ASU Officer Stewart Ferrin resigned, allowing the university to release records it previously had deemed legally protected.

In the first video, witness John Sinodis captures the arrest in full detail:

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Officer Stewart Ferrin Resigns; ASU Reversed Findings of Second Incident

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ASU Officer Stewart Ferrin resigned on Monday in the latest fallout over his May 20 arrest of Professor Ersula Ore.
Arizona State University Police Officer Stewart Ferrin resigned on Monday, about nine months after video of his violent arrest of a black professor went viral.

Although ASU officials had said previously that Ferrin's arrest of Ersula Ore on May 20 was proper, they flip-flopped when the public weighed in following the dash-cam video's release.

In January, in another apparent nod to public pressure, ASU reversed an earlier finding that Ferrin had violated no policies during a May 15 encounter between the officer and a graduate student, records obtained by New Times show.

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Professor Ersula Ore Says She Tried to Stop Cop from "Reaching Under My Skirt"

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Assistant Professor Ersula Ore, suing for $2 million, makes her case in a newly released public statement.
Professor Ersula Ore, convicted for resisting arrest and suing ASU for $2 million, is defiant as ever in a new statement that blames Officer Stewart Ferrin for her troubles.

"While I requested he respect the exercise of my constitutional rights, his anger clearly grew to frightening proportions. He unjustifiably grabbed me and threw me to the ground with the excessive force that he wrongfully believed his badget permitted him to use. When he stood me up handcuffed, he reached toward my thighs. I reacted trying to deflect what I thought was him reaching under my skirt."

She's still declining to be interviewed by the news media, including New Times.

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Does ASU's New Student-Faculty Relationship Policy Go Far Enough?

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Jasmine Lester, an ASU alum and founder of Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault, says the new policy is a cop-out.
On Monday afternoon, Arizona State University approved a new student-faculty "amorous relationship policy." Faculty members applauded when the vote was tallied, and Faculty Senate President Helen Ossipov told New Times she was "very glad this passed." The university called it "an important step" toward "[ensuring] that faculty members and lecturers maintain only professional relationships with students."

But while members of the administration are patting themselves on the back, at least one student leader is unimpressed.

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ASU Bans Student-Faculty "Amorous Relationships"

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In a final vote Monday afternoon, the ASU Faculty Senate passed a new student-faculty "amorous relationship" policy.

The vote was 76 to 11, with four abstentions, and came after months of vigorous and contentious debate.

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ASU Officer Stewart Ferrin Not Fired as Expected, Has Leave Extended, Says Lawyer

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ASU Police Officer Stewart Ferrin, seen here speaking at Saturday's pro-police rally in Scottsdale.
Arizona State University Police Officer Stewart Ferrin wasn't fired as expected today, and it sounds like it's possible he may get a reprieve.

Ferrin whose high-profile, video-recorded arrest of ASU professor Ersula Ore caused a public-relations nightmare for the university, will be employed for at least a little while longer, his lawyer, former Arizona U.S. Attorney Mel McDonald, tells us tonight.

"He's had his leave extended," McDonald says.

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Ersula Ore Sues ASU for $2 Million, But ASU Supports Her With Move to Fire Cop

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Ersula Ore plans to sue ASU for $2 million over her violent May 20 arrest by Officer Stewart Ferrin, who is apparently being fired.
Arizona State University nearly begged Professor Ersula Ore to sue over her high-profile May 20 jaywalking arrest, and now she's gratifying the university with a $2 million lawsuit.

Last week, ASU responded -- albeit indirectly -- to her November 12 notice of claim by notifying the arresting officer, Stewart Ferrin, that he was going to be fired.

And this all comes after Provost Rob Page's July memo to ASU faculty that the university supported Ore, who was later convicted of resisting arrest.

How come ASU hasn't yet cut Ore a settlement check?



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ASU Disses USA Place in Statement, Will Seek New Developer for High-Profile Tempe Corner

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Arizona State University released a harsh statement on Friday night about the end of negotiations with USA Place, essentially accusing developers of lying.

As we reported on Thursday, plans collapsed for the $350-million-plus downtown project that would have brought a hotel, conference center and the Colorado-based USA Basketball organization to Tempe. The project was announced to great fanfare in July of 2013, promoted by sports mogul Jerry Colangelo, chair of USA Basketball.

Tonight, ASU confirmed the split in a lengthy, interesting statement that reveals the frustration felt by university officials about alleged broken promises.

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USA Basketball Move to Arizona in Doubt After Collapse of "USA Place" Deal With ASU

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USA Basketball, the governing body for basketball in the United States, may not be moving to Tempe after all following the collapse of the USA Place redevelopment project.

As we reported earlier this afternoon, Arizona State University announced today that the USA Place project was dead but that it was committed to putting a hotel and conference at the site.

The university said nothing about being committed to bringing Colorado Springs-based USA Basketball to Arizona. News reports from 2013 suggested the move -- slated for 2016 -- was dependent on USA Place getting built.

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