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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Duke Hoax: The Collapsing Case

Latest items:

Family of Finnerty has 'a lot to celebrate' — Speaking in front of his Garden City home Friday after news that rape charges against his son Collin and two Duke lacrosse teammates had been dismissed, Kevin Finnerty appeared at ease but not completely relaxed. "We have a lot to celebrate," Finnerty, 52, said. "We will continue the fight, we know the kids are innocent, we know there is no evidence ... but it certainly is an uphill battle."...

John in Carolina: To the three families — Friends of Duke University has posted a brief holiday message to the three falsely indicted young men – David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann – and their families...

News & Observer:
Attorneys to Nifong: Drop all charges — Defense attorneys for three accused Duke lacrosse players called on District Attorney Mike Nifong to drop all charges against their clients.

"Mr. Nifong, if you are listening, do the honorable thing," defense attorney Wade Smith said at a Friday press conference.

Smith added, "There is not a spider web of evidence to support Mr. Nifong's case."

The attorneys said Friday's announcement that rape charges would be dropped came as a surprise. They had planned their Christmas party for today.

Defense attorney Joseph B. Cheshire V said he found a "troubllng and transparent coincidence" between the dismissal of the rape charge and last Friday's court hearing...

Duff Wilson, David Barstow; NY Times:
Rape Charges Dropped in Duke Case — The district attorney today dropped rape charges against three former Duke University lacrosse players, but plans to go forward with sexual assault and kidnapping charges, his office said....

When she was interviewed on Thursday by an investigator from the district attorney’s office, the woman said she was penetrated from behind while she was bent over with her face toward the floor, but did not know with what, according to a person close to the investigation who would only speak on condition of anonymity.

Penetration with an object is considered sexual assault, not rape, officials said...
NY Times: Coverage of Duke Case

comment: The NY Times has brought its archives of stories about the Duke case out from behind their subscription wall at the above link. Note that the articles written by Duff Wilson have been slanted in favor of DA Nifong. The NY Times has ignored the prosecutorial misconduct evident in this case and have served as hoax enablers. Their sloppy slanted coverage of this Duke case will forever be a stain on their journalistic reputation.

KC Johnson: Comparing Versions

Nifong The Painmaker — If what appears to be well orchestrated prosecution spin is any indication, Nifong’s dismissal of the first-degree rape charges is a ploy intended to help him tiptoe around the DNA evidence and the conspiracy to withhold it from the defense. As has been the case throughout the hoax, Nifong turns to loyal enablers Duff Wilson, Victoria Peterson, and the infamous unknown person close to the investigation to make an anemic effort to portray his prosecution as one with merit...

The New York Times Duff Wilson goes to bat for Nifong by presenting comments from the co-chair of Nifong’s citizen election committee, Victoria Peterson. Curiously, or not, Wilson fails to mention her affiliation with Nifong, describing Ms. Peterson as a supporter of the accuser and a friend of the family.
Duke Chronicle:
BRODHEAD CALLS FOR NIFONG TO STEP DOWN AS PROSECUTOR — In response to Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong's decision Friday to drop charges of rape in the Duke lacrosse case, President Richard Brodhead questioned Nifong's conduct and called for the district attorney to relieve himself of his duties in the case...

John Burness, vice president for public relations and government affairs, said Brodhead had been in e-mail contact with the indicted players during the past week.
Duke.edu: Duke University President Richard Brodhead Statement

Thomas Lifson, AmericanThinker.com:
Duke Does Damage Control — Duke University's track record in rocketing into the first tier of American higher education, after being founded in the 1930s, has been one of the most notable success stories in American higher education. But as Richard Baehr pointed out to AT readers over a week ago, the damage the lacrosse "rape" prosecution, and especially from the university's handling of the case, is starting to show.

Duke Chronicle Message Board: Rape charges Dismissed
Forum topics of note:

LieStoppers: Greta Van Susteran (10 pm show about Duke case) — Greta is going to have Kevin Finnerty, the players lawyers, and unfortunately cousin Jakki..... That was really a jam packed show. What a pile on. No one had anything good to say about Fong....Greta is really incensed by the case-- she is making no attempt to be balanced other than offering Nifong a chance to appear on the show....

LieStoppers: Nifong dismisses forcible rape charges — Stuart Taylor was excellent on Court TV--he really explained Nifong's motivation (fear of being fired by Freda Black, the woman he had fired)

TalkLeft: Now that she's no longer a rape victim, can we use her name? — Fox News showed a picture of her today, now that she's no longer a rape "victim," but did not say her name. I found that interesting.....When protecting the indentities of alleged victims do media agencies differenitate between victims of rape and victims of other forms of sexual assault? A while back, I recall reading that the Associated Press did not.

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