Giffords’ Hero Loses Student Election; Scandal, Student Courts, and Expression Restraints

Posted on April 22, 2011


Read Brian Mori’s series coverage of the Spring 2011 UA undergrad scandal involving Daniel Hernandez Jr., the intern President Obama hailed as a hero for attempts to help Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the Tucson Mass Shooting earlier this year.

Daniel Hernandez Jr. was twice turned down for student body president of the University of Arizona by undergrad voters. The campaign was contentious, according to all parties during two rounds (four total) student court hearings on the UA Campus.

The student court hearings questioned powers of student officials to regulate student expression and campaign tactics as well as evoked memories of the 2000 Bush / Gore election