Updated - today's items:
Tamara Gibbs, ABC11 TV/WTVD:
Family Friend: Accuser Made Mistakes (with video) - Before she was in the national spotlight, the accuser in the Duke Lacrosse case was a young girl who would play in Delores Burnette's backyard. The retired teacher turned minister says she watched her grow into a young woman with dreams and aspirations like most her age. With limited financial means, Burnette believes she joined the military in hopes of paying for a college education her parents couldn't afford. . .
Regardless of her past, Burnette says the accuser deserves justice. She is convinced the young woman she has known since the age of 7 would not falsely accuse anyone of a crime. . .
LieStoppers: Another "SOMETHING" Happened ABC — The MSM is never going to tell the truth about this case, large parts of the media are already trying to bury it and move on, whereas some like this are still trying to re-write history.
ABC11 TV/WTVD: Duke Hoax: Dear Delores Burnette, Precious is a lying, wh� — I share your shock, surprise, and disappointment at WTVD11's approach to this story. The "something must have happened but we don't have a shred of evidence" crowd is, apparently, still on life support -- although fading fast.
Gak, Thoughts on Life blog:
My Letter Writing Campaign — Below you will find 2 letters I've sent to the NAACP and Governor Michael Easley. Use these if as a sort of template if you wish to write your own. . .
I am writing this letter to voice my concern and dismay at the N.C. chapter of the NAACP. I am sure you are thinking “why not write them directly?” I wanted the national office to understand just what the N.C. chapter is doing to the credibility of your entire organization. Because of the magnitude of the case, every chapter in every state is going to end up paying for the sins of the N.C. chapter and its case monitor, one Irving Joyner. . .
The Duke Lacrosse Scandal and What It Taught Me — In reading these blogs, the single biggest thing I’ve learned is how the main stream media is no longer a source for news. After seeing K.C. Johnson pick apart this news story or that academic’s essay, I’ve learned to read the heartstring tugs or the inflammatory phrases more clearly. . .
I am absolutely amazed, no, make that shocked, at the number of academics who are trying to build a case for their cause on the foundations of the “Duke rape case”. If you are not familiar with that case, its now referred to as the Duke rape scandal or the Duke rape hoax. In short, the accuser lied to stay out of detox . . .
Now we have numerous professors at Duke who are trying to show racism or sexism from the fictitious facts surrounding this “case”. This truly frightens me. I was relieved to know that the group of 88 are only 88 of over 750 teachers. . .
comment: Yes, this entire mess has been an education for all of us.
Forum topics of note:
TalkLeft [rumor du jour] : Reporter for Lacrosse Magazine says charges against players will be dropped — A short time ago, a reporter for a Lacrosse magazine told Fox NewsChannel that an "inside source" near the SP's review has told him that all charges against the accused Duke Lacrosse players will be dropped, "likely before the end of March". He gave no further details.
LieStoppers: How to Celebrate Hoax Day, place a call to AG Cooper
LieStoppers: Timeline [Mar 14-May 15] with police notes added
Joan Foster, LieStopppers:
Time to call The Hoax...a "Frame" —
And say he just didn't understand
That seventy-five preening interviews
Might be somewhat "out of hand"
Shopping judges, hiding evidence
Call that a common D.A. game.
Defend Durham justice all you like.
But...it's time to call this Hoax, a "Frame." . . .
Hoax day — Durham Dream Team (cartoon)
The Chafe Way — In an AP interview published yesterday, History professor and Group of 88 member William Chafe complained, “There has been little willingness to presume good faith on the part of anyone, or to admit that there could be some justice on all sides of the issue.”
I can only presume that Chafe was, unintentionally, engaging in self-criticism, since evidence of his choosing to “presume good faith” on the part of some of his institution’s students has appeared nowhere in the record since March 31. . .
So where, exactly, in Chafe’s comments or analysis about the case is a “willingness to presume good faith on the part of anyone, or to admit that there could be some justice on all sides of the issue”? It appears as if Chafe is unwilling to hold himself to the same standards that he demands of others.
The 88ers' "March Madness" — The Group of 88 used that bogus gang rape complaint to vilify members of the 2005-2006 Duke University Men's Lacrosse Team, to challenge college athletics and to promote their political agenda.
The President of Duke University, Richard Brodhead, failed to rein them in and dress them down.
With the Hoax exposed, the rape charges voluntarily dismissed, the rest of the charges to be dismissed (after the North Carolina Attorney General's office has waited long enough that as few voting members of North Carolina's black community, especially the North Carolina NAACP and Durham County's black community, as possible feel disrespected as well as disappointed) and Durham County District Attorney Michael B. Nifong a defendant in a very serious ethics complaint relating to his performance in the Duke case instead of the prosecutor in the case, it is a fitting time to ponder whether the wrongfully maligned players will be suing 88ers and Duke University for the harm inflicted on them by the way they exploited the situation.
Legendary Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) is not in a position to publicly urge the lacrosse players to sue, but his comments on HBO's "Costas Tonight" suggest that he is ashamed of Duke, disgusted with the 88ers and not the lacrosse players, and maybe even of himself, for not doing more sooner to support those players. . .
LieStoppers: Coach K
John in Carolina:
Coach K: Support was absent — Dick Brodhead had a chance to bring in Coach K and didn’t. Why not? Brodhead brought in just about everyone else from the Bowen-Chambers committee, African and African-American Studies professors, and on and on.
Why freeze out one of the most respected leaders in the Duke community? Especially why would Brodhead freeze out Coach K, when the coach holds the position of assistant to President Brodhead?
craig, Lead & Gold blog:
Duke lacrosse: How important is the Gang of 88? — It is odd to see vigilantes with tenure; it is not odd at all to see a high-profile case draw vigilantes. At Duke the professors behaved badly but they behaved badly by acting like us.
A point John Grisham makes in his most recent book is directly relevant:
The journey also exposed me to the world of wrongful convictions. Something that I, even as a former lawyer, had never spent much time thinking about. This is not a problem peculiar to Oklahoma, far from it. Wrongful convictions occur every month in every state in this country, and the reasons are all varied and all the same-- bad police work, junk science, faulty eyewitness identifications, bad defense lawyers, lazy prosecutors, arrogant prosecutors.
Year after Duke lacrosse party, a city that didn't snap moves on — A year ago, as reporters and lawyers and protesters chased after every detail of allegations that three white Duke lacrosse players had raped a black stripper, Brooke Sellars got a nervous call from her family.
Do you need to come home? Is Durham too dangerous right now? Actually, she explained, things weren't as bad as everyone seemed to expect. "If this was Los Angeles or somewhere else, there would have been riots and burnings," said Sellars, a black student at North Carolina Central University in Durham. "That never came close to happening."
To be sure, people in Durham were upset last March when they learned a 28-year-old black student at N.C. Central had told police she was raped by three white men while performing at party thrown by Duke's lacrosse team. Sellars was among them, attending vigils and rallies in support of the accuser.
But there haven't been any significant rallies or protests in months, and there were none Tuesday on the first anniversary of the now infamous March 13 party. There is as much criticism in Durham of the district attorney who drove the case as there is of three players charged.
The city, which didn't snap when outsiders thought it was on track to become ground zero in America's next racial clash, has largely moved on. . .