Stuart Taylor Jr. of Slate.com drives another stake through the heart of the New York Times article, or rather "friend of the Nifong brief" supporting the Duke rape prosecution. Taylor said:
...the New York Times and the story is the alleged gang rape of a black woman by three white Duke lacrosse players—a claim shown by mounting evidence to be almost certainly fraudulent—you tone down your rhetoric while doing your utmost to prop up a case that's been almost wholly driven by prosecutorial and police misconduct.
And by bad journalism. Worse, perhaps, than the other recent Times embarrassments. The Times still seems bent on advancing its race-sex-class ideological agenda, even at the cost of ruining the lives of three young men who it has reason to know are very probably innocent. This at a time when many other true believers in the rape charge, such as feminist law professor Susan Estrich, have at last seen through the prosecution's fog of lies and distortions.
Mr. Taylor also drops a new bombshell. He says, Joe Cheshire (attorney for David Evans) said the defense was informed last week that there was a toxicology report and it was negative for any date rape drug. The sound you hear is another prosecution lie crashing and burning.
The article also mentions police speculation that the lacrosse players might have slipped the accuser a date-rape drug to incapacitate her. And Joseph Cheshire, Evans' lawyer, noted in a recent e-mail exchange with me that the prosecution "has suggested to the media numerous times in the past that the accuser had been given such a drug." Another deception? "A toxicology report that the defense was informed of last week was negative for any date rape drug in the accuser's system," Chesire tells me.This final end to the date rape drug canard is not one bit surprising. If Nifong had evidence of a date rape drug it would have been leaked to the press as fast as a roach runs from daylight.
Every day and in every way, the lies that are the basis for this hoax are exposed.
Witness for the Prosecution? [Slate.com, Aug. 29, 2006]
John in Carolina comments on the Taylor article:
What most impressed me about Taylor's article is the directness and meticulousness with which he exposes and labels the Times for just what its been on the Duke Hoax story: an enabler of the injustices committed by Nifong, Gottlieb and very likely others.KC Johnson's take on the date rape drug revelation:
Taylor has left the Times no place to hide.
Taylor also breaks new ground in the story. Though never making the claim outright, the Times article was cleverly crafted to suggest the possibility of date rape--the very same tactic that Nifong has employed almost from the start.
LieStoppers does another detailed "Hoax within a Hoax" analysis of the date rape drug hoax. It's hard to keep track of all Nifong's lies. The Nifong lies or "Hoax within a Hoax" series has been running all summer. It also looks like it's been renewed for the Fall season. Liestoppers said:
To one unfamiliar with the comings and goings of this hoax (like say, a reporter at the New York Times)....the date rape drug theory was advanced by the District Attorney himself in April and has fueled speculation on television and the internet for the past 4 months. We were told time and again that the presence of a date rape drug would not only show the rape was premeditated, but would also account for all the inconsistencies in the accuser’s story.more sources:
Duke lacrosse: Taylor leaves Times no place to hide [John In Carolina, Aug. 29, 2006]
Welcome Slate Readers [Durham-in-Wonderland, Aug. 29, 2006]
Yet Another Hoax Within A Hoax [LieStoppers, Aug. 29, 2006]
Files From Duke Rape Case Give Details but No Answers [NYTimes.com, Aug. 25, 2006]