Marcus Epstein's class 6 felony hate crime case was dismissed by the DC Superior Court on July 8.
Marcus Epstein is a young man with a very bright future. He has been in the right place at the right time, sailing through the right schools, and to law school at the University of Virginia. In the ultra-conservative world of the Peter Brimelow, VDare, American Renaissance, and John Tanton anti-immigration movement, he has already made a name for himself as a rising superstar.
Epstein has also made a name for himself as something of a bully, vociferously defending himself when his links to noted racists like Jared Taylor have been exposed, protesting that he is not a racist. A recent profile in the SPLC Blog proves the young man doth protest too much.
The Executive Director of Pat and Bay Buchanan's American Cause and Tom Tancredo's Team America PAC had been awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a 2007 drunken attack on an African American woman. The incident was detailed in this Blogcritics Magazine article on May 29, 2009.
During a drinking binge in 2007, Epstein, who claims he cannot possibly be a racist because he is part Korean and part Jewish, verbally and physically assaulted a woman on a street in Georgetown. Further complicating things was the fact that Epstein had the misfortune to have the assault witnessed by an off Duty Secret Service officer.
Bay Buchanan immediately rushed to Epstein's defense. In Human Events, she wrote that the poor thing was the subject of an "internet lynching" by the left-wing One People's Project. She simply could not understand why such a nice young man could be treated so badly by those nasty liberals. After all, he had a speech impediment. She went on to say he has an exceptional mind and is a very talented writer.
According to Buchanan, Epstein further should be excused for dropping the "f" bomb and physically assaulting an African American woman because he was suffering from depression, and is possibly suicidal. She had never seen anyone in such depths of despair. He had even crashed in her guest rooms for several months, and The Georgetown incident occurred not long after he moved back on his own, .
After originally pleading not guilty, he was forced to issue an Alford plea (guilty without admitting guilt). Conditions for sentencing included therapy for mental illness, substance abuse rehab, a letter of apology to his victim, and a donation of $1000 to the United Negro College Fund.
According to the judge who dismissed the charges, Epstein met those conditions. He served 14 days in jail (on weekends). He completed his alcohol treatment, and did minor community service for Mothers Against Drunk Driving ( MADD).
As do so many young people, Marcus Epstein allowed his personal problems to spiral out of control. It appears now that he will not be attending UVA Law School this fall, Bay Buchanan laments. One of the reasons he allegedly was going to attend this specific institution was the "presence of a strong recovery community".
On a personal note, I ran afoul of Marcus Epstein several years ago, when he threatened a lawsuit over an article I wrote about him on my blog, Pink Flamingo. Blogcritics Magazine readers who are familiar with the work I've done on the whole anti-immigration movement know that, as a writer, I do not hold back; going for the jugular when necessary. When you do this, you check your sources—carefully. Epstein retreated.
Most of us have known young people who, dealing with personal demons, self-medicate either with drugs or adult beverages. The only possible way a person can hope to recover from an addiction and work their way through crippling depression is to face his or her problems and deal with them in an appropriate manner. Bay Buchanan is simply enabling Marcus Epstein when she writes the following:
"…But the Left doesn’t care about any of this. They kept moving this little tidbit, watching it ricochet around their shallow world in the blogosphere, until it landed on a popular site for incoming law students. There individuals who claim they’re interested in carrying-out justice in this world saw to it that Marcus paid again for his offense. With nothing but a skeleton of a story they initiated a campaign targeted at UVA’s Admissions Office. And they won — Marcus will not be attending UVA Law School in the fall…."
I agree with Buchanan that Marcus Epstein deserves a second chance. Where I do not agree is in blaming the loss of his placement at UVA on the Left. The Left did not cause the young man to assault an innocent woman, Epstein did that himself. Neither did the Left cause another kid his age to shoot out several dozen street lights along Royal Palm Way in Palm Beach, but this youngster and his family took full responsibility for his problem. He is now a very successful contractor, living a productive, sober life.
The Left did not cause another young person I know to be arrested for drunk driving, spend eight months in rehab and then do his weekend jail time. This young man lost nearly $100,000 in scholarships and the possibility of going to the Air Force Academy. He is dealing with the same demons Epstein is, but no one is making excuses for him. The jury's still out on how he is going to do in life, but I have a feeling he may do better than Marcus Epstein, simply because those who love him are doing so with "tough love".
Marcus Epstein should be so lucky.