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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Around the Horn

Today's items:

Dan Abrams Dan Abrams, The Abrams Report - May 24, 2006:

The Duke University rape investigation, I made myself clear yesterday that if the D.A. has turned everything he has to the defense as he‘s required to do by law, then I think he has no choice but to drop the charges. According to the defense, in almost 1,300 pages of discovery material handed over to them, the accuser changed her story more than once in the hours after the alleged rape, first saying nothing about being raped, then saying she was raped, then saying she wasn‘t raped, just groped outside the house, and then saying she was raped in the bathroom.

She also initially said the second stripper was in the bathroom during the rape. The second stripper denies it. Medical reports show she had no vaginal or anal tearing. We knew no DNA from any Duke lacrosse player was found in or on the accuser, even though based on her story, the authorities thought they would find it. But after that revelation, she apparently told police that the semen of any of the three men that she knew could have been in her body.

We also know at least one of the defendants seems to have an almost airtight alibi. Defense photos from the party support the players‘ account and timeline, as does a neighbor‘s account. The accuser‘s identification of the players through a photo lineup included only Duke lacrosse players and she I.D.‘d one of the suspects as having a mustache, even though pictures will apparently show he did not and all the players‘ stories have been consistent since day one. Now unless the D.A. has something he‘s holding back, which he‘s not suppose to do, I say it's time to throw in the towel.

Michael Gaynor - My email on Tawana Two (aka the Duke 'rape' case) Attorney Michael Gaynor says:
As more and more information becomes public, it looks more and more like the so-called Duke "rape" prosecutions are the result of (1) a false report, or hoax, and (2) a white Democrat attorney's politically motivated decision to secure indictments before a Democrat primary election in which black votes would be decisive, in a transparent attempt to pander to black voters more motivated by emotion than reason.

Greta Van Sustern of Fox News says:
Ordinarily I am willing to "wait and see" since a DA can have evidence we don't know about — but in this case, the DA — per the North Carolina rules — has turned over all his evidence to the defense (called discovery) and it seems, at best, pathetic.

What could the DA possibly have in his file that we don't know about? I keep trying to imagine what he could have that we don't know about. If he has DNA, he is required to surrender that info. If he has witnesses, I bet the discovery rules requires that he disclose that to the defense in discovery.

Cash Michaels Cash Michaels says:
Some websites have labeled her a “sexual predator,” who is lying just so she can later sue "the rich kids" of the Duke lacrosse team for a false attack.

Ironically, it is a community-based website that was launched Mother’s Day in support of the victim, www.ourheartsworld.com, that has attracted a fair share of hate e-mail directed at the 27-year-old woman after only one week.

Sixty percent of the messages sent to OurHeartsWorld.com - set up by the NC NAACP, Triangle Urban League and the Black Press, - are indeed inspiring and supportive...

The overwhelming numberof e-mails to OurHeartsWorld.com, however, has been supportive, not only of the “Sister Survivor,” but the effort itself.

“I want to thank you for the beautiful website you have created for Our Sister,” wrote a 65-year-old white grandmother named “Margaret.” “I believe in her. I cannot imagine what she is going through.”

“Thank you again for caring about this woman. It had appeared that no one did and that, in itself, broke my heart.”

ESPN/AP - Duke women's lacrosse to wear 'innocent' sweatbands:
In a show of solidarity with the Duke University's men's lacrosse team, members of the school's women's team plan to wear sweatbands with the word "Innocent" written on them.

The university canceled the rest of the season for the highly ranked men's team because of a woman's complaint she was sexually assaulted in March at a team party where she had been hired to perform as an exotic dancer.

The women's plan to wear sweatbands on their arms or legs was reported Wednesday by The Herald-Sun of Durham. The teams plays Northwestern in the NCAA semifinals Friday...
Fox News also carried the story: Duke lacrosse women to wear ‘innocent’ bands

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