Editorial: Seeking justice

MADISON, Wis. - The situation involving the University of Wisconsin-Madison and student-athlete Quintez Cephus has a number of elements that are challenging us as a society right now.

For that reason alone, we want to get this right.

But trumping all is the search for justice, and while we want UW-Madison to do its due diligence on behalf of all parties, it's hard for us to see a just conclusion that doesn't include Cephus' reinstatement as a student in good standing at the university. 

UW-Madison took the steps it needed to take when charges were filed. But the justice system has also done its job, and the results were unequivocal.

A jury needed less than 45 minutes to find Cephus not guilty of sexual assault charges. It would follow that Cephus be allowed to return to the life he put on hold when he was charged.

If UW-Madison decides otherwise, its reasoning must be equally unequivocal.

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