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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Credibility, Jocks & Prejudice

One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Newsweek - Lacrosse Scandal: The Duke Accuser—New Credibility Questions:
The documents are devastating to the accuser's credibility. They show that the night of the party, the accuser kept changing her story. After reporting that she'd been raped, she told Sgt. J. C. Shelton, according to his statement, that no one forced her to have sex. Then at the hospital, she said again that she'd been raped. She told one doctor she'd had no alcohol or drugs, according to the motion, but told the nurse that she'd had one drink and was currently taking the muscle relaxant Flexeril, which can cause drowsiness and dizziness if taken with alcohol. The next morning, at UNC hospital, she said she'd been drunk.
The American Thinker - The Duke Rape Case Travesty:
For all the furor of the case, Nifong and his client’s supporters should realize that when Jesse Jackson rushes to publish op-eds on their behalf, you should assume you have, at best, a spurious case. Surely when Ray Nagin appears in Durham to celebrate his recent electoral triumph, we know we will have reached the height of racial balkanizing in our nation’s history.

Mike Nifong’s personal vendetta, ego and macabre intentions should land him in jail or at least cost him his legal license in the views of many critics. Though holding rogue prosecutors to account is difficult, the Duke case is an open sore, and should be resolved sooner rather than later, before its toxins inflame further the healthy tissue of American society.

The Post Chronicle - Duke Rape Case: Student Railroad Failure Upsets Liberals:
... And News Media!

Today was a major setback for liberals -- especially radical feminists and their male lapdogs -- in their continued efforts to demonize men, especially white men. It looks as if the Duke University rape case is unraveling like a cheap sweater.

When the story first hit the airwaves and pages of national and local newspapers, the feeding-frenzy was intense: here was a case involving a group of rich, white male college athletes accused of beating and raping a poor, black woman working her way through college by dancing at parties.

The media spin was breathtaking.

The New York Times, by Nicholas D. Kristof - Jocks and Prejudice:
Look, we have a shameful history in this country of racial prejudice. One of the low points came in the 1930's when the Scottsboro Boys were pulled off a train in Alabama and charged with rape because of the lies of two white women. The crowds and the media began a witch hunt (one headline: "Nine Black Fiends Committed Revolting Crime") because they could not see past the teenagers' skin color.

So let's take a deep breath and step back. Black hobos shouldn't have been stereotyped then, and neither should white jocks today.

The Sun News - Case turns justice on its head - At Duke, Innocent Until Assumed Guilty:
Comes now the president of Duke University, Richard Brodhead, reinstating the men's lacrosse team he whacked two months ago, based solely on a woman's accusation that three players had raped her.

Brodhead delivered his collective punishment before the players were indicted, and now relieves the team of it while the three face charges that could imprison them for many years.

Is there something wrong with this picture?

Everything's wrong, baby, just everything.

The case against the boys seems to be skimpier than the G-string the accuser wore while stripping at the party where the so-called rape had its inception.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle - It's Duke by day, Rattlers by night:
New Duke lacrosse coach Kevin Cassese pulls double duty in lacrosse

His life has been a whirlwind since Tuesday. And it doesn't expect to slow down in the foreseeable future as Kevin Cassese juggles jobs as interim coach of the beleaguered Duke University lacrosse program and midfielder for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse.

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