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Fraudulent Conviction In Princeton Case - Princeton Graduates Could Be Boycotted

"The Grand Jury Should Have Been Indicted"

      James Hogue was admitted into Princeton after he lied on his application forms. He did reasonably good school work and was likely to become a track star. But after his falsehoods were discovered in February 1991, he was jailed for 2 months without reasonable bail or fair, speedy trial rights, extortionately prosecuted for over a year by the former students who now occupy the New Jersey bench and bar until he finally gave in and plead guilty to the multiple count indictment.
      Last word to this publication was that he has 5 years probation imposed in addition to some real jail time. He was written up in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, several newspapers, and was the subject of inquiry on the Donohue show. Hogue's adversaries attempted to portray him as a fraud, a liar, a forgerer, and an imposter. One article used a sexual innuendo. It was charged in these publications that Hogue had lied about his credentials on several other occasions too.
      Information against him was supplied by several people, including reporter Jason Cole of the Peninsula Times Tribune in Palo Alto, California who was a leader of the anti-Hogue assault. But in an interview with Cole in April, 1991, Cole himself lied to this publisher about his own credentials. He stated that he had a degree from Stanford, where a subsequent investigation at the Registrar's office revealed that Cole had not at that time received any such degree. Also, one of Cole's supervisors expressed a belief that Cole had a Stanford degree. This means that if the Grand Jury in Santa Clara County, California ever got wind that Cole lied on his employment applications at the Peninsula Times Tribune, if he did, then Cole could also be indicted for grand theft of salary and other benefits, far in excess of the relatively miniscule losses that Princeton may have incurred from Mr. Hogue. Cole eventually did receive a Stanford degree about 9 months after he lied about it. But technically this would have been no legal bar to prosecution.
      The Grand Jury in Mercer County New Jersey might also face further embarrassment after realizing the hidden relationships in the case. It appears that Cole was in fact admitted into Stanford by Mr. Fred Hargadon, former Dean of Admissions at Stanford, who was director of admissions at Princeton and one of Hogue's adversaries.
      It appears from an article in the New York Times that Hogue was abused by the admissions staff at Stanford in 1985. He probably had refused to submit his high school records because he wanted fairer consideration from them than his high school record had to offer, and probably did not even want to have an illegitimate record following him around in a way which would disrupt his education attempts. But the remnants of Hargadon's admissions staff at Stanford allegedly told him that he had to be a high school graduate to be considered for admission, so a perhaps outraged Hogue trekked to Palo Alto High School, which is across the street from Stanford, where he enrolled under an assumed name until he was caught there too.
      In California, an admissions officer can be theoretically liable criminally and civilly under state law for admissions abuses, although there is vast societal contention that schools such as Stanford, USC, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, etc., can admit or reject anyone they want. New Jersey law might not be so progressive, not to say that California has excepted itself from the dark ages of academe.
      Princeton graduates could face a chill in the job market as a result of what happened at the courthouse. Despite obvious attempts to discredit Hogue, he has been an obvious "point of light" because he debunked the academic ideologies of the self-styled "elite" members of universities who were regularly admitted on the basis of regular high school records. When Phil Donohue suggested to Cole on television that he "smelled a rat" when talking about the Hogue affair, it was not clear whether Mr. Donohue was referring to Hogue or to Cole.
      The prosecution is believed to have been motivated to preserve the excessive, exclusive privileges of members of a credentialized caste system based on where and if a person went to school, etc. Modern universities, in addition to providing educational opportunity for students, have been criticized as generators of credentialed interest groups, who also appear as hate groups. In the future, the Hogue affair might well become regarded as a political kidnapping instead of a legal prosecution.
      It is not known at this time whether several students who allegedly snitched on Hogue will face responsibility themselves. This author has been unable to communicate with Mr. Hogue concerning the incident, but had several conversations with the putative attorney assigned to him. A letter to Mr. Hogue, care of the attorney, remains unanswered. Information on the case has been scarce and difficult to obtain.
      It is possible that the convictions can be set aside by the court, and RICO or anti-trust charges can be used against the inter-state school system. However, most if not all of the "graduates" on the bench and in the bar, and their puppet juries, offer little or no realistic hope in that direction. The New Jersey courts would not even give out any information about the disposition of the Hogue case over the telephone to this author.
      In 1993, before Mr. Hogue went to jail for the Princeton affair, he apparently got a peanut job at Harvard, where he ended up getting accused of stealing valuable artifacts from a university museum.

Publisher's note:

More recently, the Harvard newspapers were unable to locate Mr. Hogue on request of this publisher.

So, if anyone out there in Webland can help me locate Hogue, and get more info on these cases, I will be happy to hear from you.

Anyone out there at Yale? If so, look up the Yale newspapers of about January 1977. You might find a cover photo of Andreas Alrea, a/k/a Patrick McDermitt, who lied his way into Yale the same way Mr. Hogue did. I remember Pat. He was a nice guy and fun to be around. I wonder where he is now....

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