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Friday, May 26, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Abrams defends dropping charges

Dan Abrams This week Dan Abrams of The Abrams Report on MSNBC has been calling for Durham district attorney, Mike Nifong, to "throw in the towel" and drop the charges against the three Duke lacrosse players. On Thursday's show Mr. Abrams defended his position:

ABRAMS: Time now for "Your Rebuttal". Based on all of the evidence we know, I‘ve been calling for the Durham district attorney to drop the charges against the three Duke lacrosse players and I asked tough questions of our former prosecutor guests.

Greg writes, "What‘s your problem? You never stated on your show that the D.A. should drop the charges in the Michael Jackson case or the Kobe Bryant case. Explain this Mr. so-called reporter or lawyer, whatever you think you are."

That‘s an easy one, Greg. I didn‘t say it in those cases because there was evidence against both of them. In the Bryant case, inconsistent statements by Bryant, her blood on his shirt in addition to her statement. In Jackson‘s case, witness accounts and corroboration.

Nevertheless, I also said I thought they would never get a conviction of Bryant because there were too many problems with her story and I also said the Jackson case would be a tough one, but here her account is the only evidence and it‘s filled with holes. This case is far weaker than either Jackson or Bryant. And Greg, I like Mr. so-called reporter or lawyer. I think the name might stick.

Arlene Weiss from Hastings, New York, "You go, Dan. I believe you‘re the only one who is searching for the truth." Thank you.

From Miami, Florida, E. Hugo Bargioni, "The Duke case seems to have unleashed your reservoir of talent. In fact, given your grilling skills, you deserve the nickname King of Legal BBQ."

Rob Gatties from St. Joseph, Michigan asks, "Dan, I have just one question for you. What if it was your daughter? Would you still feel the same?" As if that‘s a tough one, Rob? If there were this many holes in my daughter‘s story, I‘d feel sorry for her, I‘d stick by her, but I‘d also understand why the D.A. was dropping the charges.

And Maggie adds, "Your attitude towards the victim nauseates me. What would you say if the victim were a white female?"

Oh, I would say drop the charges. I‘m not going to let the race baiters turn this into a race case.

Quincy Jones from Maryland, "Why not keep your nose out of the Duke case?" Because I‘m the only one who is talking straight about the case.

Craig Henry on my heated debates with our guests. "Let me commend you on your effort to get your guests to answer simple questions. I‘m disappointed in them for placing professional loyalty ahead of intellectual honesty."

The Abrams Report for May 25 [MSNBC]

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