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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Duke/Nifong/Cooper+87 days Hoax

Updated - today's items:

You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation. — Marian Wright Edelman

Duke Case Dropped
comment: Drudge just links to the ABC News story. But, the headline looks great!

Lara Setrakian, ABC News Law & Justice Unit:
ABC News: Duke Lacrosse Case Charges to Be Dropped — Three Players Were Facing Charges of First Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Forcible Sexual Offense - The office of Attorney General Roy Cooper will announce that he is dismissing all charges against three Duke Lacrosse players, ABC News has learned from sources close to the case. The reasons that will be cited for the dismissal are not yet known...
LS forum: Turn On Nightline Now, Announce Exclusive Dismissed!!!!! — They ripped Nifong pretty good. Didn't mention he was locked in a primary election battle that he was trailing in. But they had a good quote from KC [Prof. Johnson is now an ABC consultant] saying that this was the highest profile case of prosecutorial misconduct in modern American history...

LS forum: [latest rumor] Roy Cooper in Hospital tonight, Hoax announcement maybe delayed

Joseph Mallia, Newsday: Report: Duke lacrosse charges to be dropped
NY Times: Ex-Duke Players Await an Announcement

Jeralyn Merritt, TalkLeft blog:
Decision Likely in Duke Lacrosse Case Tomorrow — Tomorrow appears to be the day the North Carolina Attorney General's office will announce its decision on whether to drop or proceed with sexual assault charges against the three former Duke lacrosse players.

Smart money says the case will be dismissed. Two of the defendants, Reade Seligman and Colin Finnerty traveled to Durham today, and the press is swarming around.

Question: If the charges are dropped because of lack of evidence or because the accuser won't cooperate, what should be the remedy for the boys? Their lives -- and that of their families -- have been turned upside down and into a hell for the past year. Their schooling has been interrupted, their reputations trashed.

Duke's reputation has taken a hit. The lacrosse team season was cancelled. Unpleasant racial issues surfaced. I put much of the blame for this travesty of a case on D.A. Mike Nifong...

TalkLeft: Decision on Charges May Come Wednesday

Aaron Beard, AP/Guardian: Decision in Duke Rape Case Awaited

Reade Seligmann & family arrive in Raleigh 3pm April 10thWRAL:
Duke Lacrosse Suspect Arrives in North Carolina (video) — In what could signal a new development in the Duke lacrosse case, one of the three accused players arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tuesday afternoon.

Reade Seligmann and his family arrived just after 3 p.m. on an American Airlines flight from Newark, N.J. They had no comment...

Evans and Finnerty were expected to arrive soon in Raleigh, too. Finnerty's father, Kevin Finnerty, told WRAL that he was flying to Raleigh Tuesday evening.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office, which took over the case in January after Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong recused himself, has yet to announce whether it will proceed with the case.

A spokeswoman told WRAL Tuesday that no news conference about the case has been scheduled. Defense attorneys told WRAL that they have received no official notice about a news conference.

Several sources told WRAL, however, that the indicted players and their families would be present when an announcement comes...
News & Observer: Former lacrosse players returning
LS forum: Seligmann Arrives in Raleigh, Dismissal Soon?

LS forum: FOX reporting charges could be dropped Wed — Greta was talking on FOX with Shepard. She says she has inside info that 2 families are travelling to Durham today, expecting a news conference tommorow and there is optimism in the defense camp...

LS forum: Will it end tomorrow?
LS forum: Apologies are required by Cooper...

FreeRepublic: Seligmann Arrives in NC

ezboard: Cash Michaels - AG Announcement Imminent — As I told you last week, national news crews are here (CBS News is headed to my house now at 4:05 p.m.), the Duke Three families are coming in, and Reade Seligmann was seen at RDU International Airport disembarking.

Wednesday afternoon looks like the target for press conferences galore. Imus move over. A new headline is about to give you cover for the rest of the week.

I will not be able to attend any of the pressers because of my mom's surgery, but we have staff who will cover and feed me the details. Strap yourselves in. The BIG DROP is almost here. After Wednesday, it will be a whole new world.

update: CBS crew just left my house. Byron [Pitt] told me they're hearing 1 p.m. Wednesday.

LieStoppers blog: "My presence here means that this case is going away"

Aaron Beard, AP/Wilmington Star:
Waiting part of a "horrific" year for Duke lacrosse father
— In the year since his son was one of three Duke lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a stripper, Kevin Finnerty says it hasn't gotten any easier for his family to trudge through each day.

They know Collin Finnerty faces a long prison sentence if convicted - a prospect they consider unthinkable. But there is little they can do now but wait for state prosecutors, who took over the case earlier this year from Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, to decide whether to drop the charges or bring their 20-year-old son and his teammates to trial.

"We've never been through anything like this," Kevin Finnerty said in a telephone interview from his home in Garden City, N.Y. "This is our son's life at stake and it's just not over until it's over. I would say that we know that we have the truth on our side and from the outset we've felt the truth will prevail.

"In some ways, I'd say Collin is a much better man than I could ever hope to be."...
LS: AP interviews Kevin Finnerty — discusses if Kevin will return to Duke
TalkLeft: Waiting part of a "horrific" year for Duke lacrosse father

Claire B. Potter (Wesleyan Univ.), Tenured Radical blog:
Where Credit is Due: Rutgers Basketball, Don Imus and Drive Time Shock [See comments] — Furthermore, I think the comparison of this to the pattern of media representation that we saw as the the Duke men's lacrosse team scandal unfolded over the last year is instructive. When it became clear that Durham prosecutor Michael Nifong had run roughshod over the investigation, and that the exotic dancers may have made charges that were untrue or inaccurate, those people down at Duke who have been wearing the "Innocent" bracelets claimed that their faith in the players was vindicated. This view has been tacitly, if not explicitly, supported by the media as accounts of team behavior in general have dropped out of the news. But really -- although the lacrosse players may not be guilty of a prosecutable crime, that does not make them innocent. Many players who were under legal drinking age spent the entire day of the incident drinking (illegal); the dancers were, it is clear, physically if perhaps not sexually assaulted; and this behavior was said to be part of a pattern of ingrained, anti-social behavior that repeatedly led to people being targeted by team members for violence, either on the streets or at team parties (and do we think that women have not been raped at Duke lacrosse team parties? that women under the influence of drugs and alcohol have not been coerced to have sex without their explicit consent? Published acounts suggest otherwise.) According to published reports, the ethical culture of this lacrosse team was so out of touch that many players who were not involved in this incident, and who did not do anything wrong, still refused to speak about what had happened, in the misplaced belief that loyalty to one's friends is a higher virtue than treating people who aren't on your team with respect. And in the face of all this unethical behavior on the part of the lacrosse team, a great many people at Duke -- most prominently, the women's lacrosse team -- still insist on characterizing these young men as "innocent." Can you hear that female broadcaster cackling in the background? I can.

That these male lacrosse players at a private university, almost all of whom are white, have not been repeatedly identified -- in jest or seriously -- as the semi-criminal youth gang that they appear to be...
KC Johnson:
Mindboggling [see comments] — Potter, who appears to adhere to the far-left neo-prohibitionism that the Duke case has spawned, might be correct that the Rutgers women's basketball players are all part of the roughly 20 percent of American college students who don't drink alcohol, and therefore are worthy of her praise as those Duke lacrosse players who drank beer are worthy of her condemnation...

comment: Potter should rename her blog "Tenured Defamer." And she wants Rutgers Univ. to "file a defamation lawsuit against the network?" Amazing.

John in Carolina:
An Explanation To The N & O — Dear Editor Barkin, ...

instead of giving a litany of what some at the N&O have done to me and others who criticize it, I want to offer a much more important example of how unfairly and cruelly the N&O often treats people: its treatment of the students at Duke who played on the school’s 2006 Men’s lacrosse team...

The N&O knew or should have known it was adding to the endangerment of all Duke students; and particularly to the danger the students pictured on your anonymous “Vigilante” poster photo already faced, forty-three young people, many still in their teens.

Now, if the N&O would do something like that to young people who’d done you no harm, what might you do to people who are speaking up and exposing your bias, factual errors and news manipulation? ...

William L. Anderson:
An Open Letter to Roy Cooper, Part III: What to Say When You Drop the Charges — Up to now, not one person associated with the State of North Carolina, Durham County, or the City of Durham has told the truth. Literally every government employee has lied. Police, prosecutors, the Durham city manager, and others not one time have made a public utterance on this case that was true. That is not an impressive record, sir, and you have a golden opportunity to reverse this sorry track record.

Thus, I will present the speech that I hope you will make when you (finally) drop these false charges: ...
I would like to give my most sincere apologies to the families of Mr. Evans, Mr. Finnerty, and Mr. Seligmann. It has been a most difficult year for all of you, and these young men have been robbed of many things because people entrusted with guarding the justice system decided to seek their own political gain. Although I cannot return that year to them, I can promise them, their families, friends, and loved ones, that this office will be tireless in its investigation of what went wrong and why Mr. Nifong decided to bring these false charges even though he had no credible evidence...
LS forum: Open Letter to Roy Cooper
Univ. of Minnesota alleged rape case

David Chanen & Bob von Sternberg, StarTribune.com:
No charges are filed against 3 U players — The investigation continues into a woman's report of rape, but attorneys for two of the football players said their clients are innocent. All three have left jail. -- As three University of Minnesota football players left jail Monday without being charged in connection with an 18-year-old woman's report of rape, attorneys for two of the players questioned how their clients now repair damaged reputations.

Prosecutors had until noon Monday to charge E.J. Jones, Alex Daniels and Keith Massey, release them or get court permission to continue holding them.

"All three guys are good, serious students and are dedicated to be football players," said Minneapolis attorney Jeff DeGree, who is representing Jones. "It's a terrible experience for them." ...

Slupbum Waller (Kill Your Masters) blog:
rapists should be castrated — Three University of Minnesota football players have been arrested for raping an 18-year old girl at University Village, which is campus housing. Various members of the Athletics Department, including the football coach and a number of players, told the media that they support the men accused of rape. The victim-survivor has not yet received public support.

This is a petition that is being forwarded about the incident. The people who wrote the petition are seeking signatures and support nationwide so that this situation doesn't turn into another Duke Lacrosse Team fiasco where the victim-survivor is shamed into silence. Please read the petition, consider signing it, and passing the link along to everyone you know. Here's the link:

University of MN: Rape Response (2007) Petition --
Dear University of Minnesota Administrators, Faculty, Staff, and Regents,

We the undersigned are University of Minnesota students and non-student community members, as well as their supporters nationwide. We are also allies in the fight to end sexual and gender violence in our communities. In light of recent sexual assault charges brought against three University of Minnesota football players:

1) We are supportive of all victim-survivors of gender violence, including sexual assault. We recognize that sexual assault can happen to anyone and that both victims and rapists come from all social, economic, cultural, and age groups and can be of any gender identification or sexual orientation. Coming forward about sexual assault is a difficult choice to make, and we support those victim-survivors who seek help as well as those who suffer in silence.

2) We are outraged at media comments stating "support" for the accused players made by football coach Tim Brewster and members of the University of Minnesota Athletic Department. Of the players, University Athletic Director Joel Maturi said, "It's our responsibility to stand by them and their families." We disagree: If the University, which is supported in part by state and federal dollars, signs your paycheck, you have an obligation to remain neutral in the media...
comment: Here we go again. An alleged victim is a "victim-survivor."
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LS: 3 MN Gophers football players jailed in rape
TalkLeft: 3 Gophers players suspected in alleged rape freed from jail

Duke Basketball Report:
Duke, Lacrosse, & Alcohol — In this article by Steven Marcus of Newsday, Duke Vice President John Burness says there will be no apologies to the indicted lacrosse players, assuming charges are dropped, and given the civil suits which are likely to be filed, apologizing for anything would just be brought up in court. Duke’s lawyers have surely ruled out any apologies and would be derelict if they didn’t do so.

As Burness points out, the lacrosse case brought up a lot of issues, not least of all alcohol.

Part of the reason why things unfolded as they did is because Duke has tried hard to push alcohol off campus, and we’re sure a major part of the reason for this was to avoid liability issues. It seems safe to say that that didn’t work out quite the way anyone hoped or expected.

Hard as it may be to believe for students now, back in the day alcohol was an accepted part of campus life, and keggers were just part of things...
more Marcus/Burness discussion:
KC Johnson: Responding to Marcus
Topix/Newsday: [see comments] Duke looks within...
FODU: Burness

Michael Gaynor:
Duke Case Persecution versus "Nappy-headed Hos" Remark — Shock jock Don Imus is a professional insulter, not a bigot. In the name of humor, he insults broadly. Examples: He or members of the cast of his show called Colin Powell a "weasel," New Mexico Governor.Bill Richardson a "fat sissy" and referred to Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, an American Indian, as "the guy from `F Troop.'" In the tradition of calling the men of the New York Knicks a group of "chest-thumping pimps," he called the women of the Rutgers basketball team "nappy-headed hos." ...

Self-described leaders who initially treated the Duke case as an opportunity and have yet to condemn it as a hoax treated the "nappy hos" nastiness as monumental misconduct pose a much greater problem that Imus...

Editorial, Duke Chronicle:
Admins hit target with new undergrad dean — More than two weeks after President Richard Brodhead announced the creation of the dean of undergraduate education, a search committee is scheduled to meet this week to discuss possible picks for the University's newest top administrative position.

The creation of the job is a positive step for the University, which has struggled in the past to create a holistic and unified vision for undergraduate life in particular-a fact made evident in what many now consider to be a less-than-smooth process of soliciting effective feedback for the recent Campus Culture Initiative report.

Though still in its developmental stages, the University sees the new dean as the go-to spokesperson who can bring an underlying educational philosophy uniting undergraduate academic and student life at the University...

Joan Foster:
Springtime Again in Durham
"The 88" are mourning the complete destruction and demise
Of the perfect meta-narrative to prove that THEY are, oh, so wise!
They're parsing words, and declaring themselves cyber-victims , oh, so cruel!
Yes, it's Springtime again for the 88, and Crystal played them all for fools.

They're folding up OurHeartsWorld, all the venting now looks poor.
The evil hearted white men were not guilty after all.
No, it was Sister Survivor who couldn't get her story straight.
And all those handpicked E-mails were only good for stirring hate...
Baldo, LieStoppers:
For What? — cartoon

KC Johnson:
Case Narrative, II — With a blatantly unconstitutional lineup and an accuser who won’t cooperate, it’s hard to imagine how things could move forward for much longer in the criminal case. In mid-October, I did a narrative post that looked at events in the case up to that time. I thought it might be useful to continue the narrative, to include events since October 16... Tomorrow: 2007 events.
TalkLeft: Case Narrative, II ...

David Duke, DavidDuke.com:
Racial Bias in News CoverageComparing the Duke Lacrosse Team “Rape” Coverage to the torture, rape and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom — For more than a year the District Attorney in the area of Duke University accused members of the Lacrosse team of a rape against an African American woman who happened to be stripper, drug addict and prostitute. The politically-minded prosecutor clearly committed the felonious crime of obstruction of justice as he hid exculpatory forensic evidence absolving the boys of any crime. After months of scandalous news coverage and universal condemnation against the Lacrosse team and Duke, the cases were dropped.

Because this incident concerned alleged White perpetrators and an alleged Black victim, the prosecutor felt he had a right to criminally obstruct justice to the point of jailing some young college men for a crime they did not commit. The controlled media used this incident to expose alleged White racism and White hate crimes against non-Whites. The Duke university Lacrosse “rape” story grew to the point where there is hardly a person in America, Canada or even Europe or Australia who has not heard of the case. In literally thousands of articles the media shamelessly brought an anti-White race angle into the case. The chronic theme was “White boys from decent families assault poor Black woman.” In a lynch mob atmosphere, 88 Duke University faculty members signed a letter calling for the punishment of the boys even before the investigation was completed. Vigilante posters picturing the Lacrosse team appeared all over the Duke campus. To quote the faculty letter:
The lacrosse team… may well feel they can claim innocence and sport their disgraced jerseys on campus, safe under the cover of silent whiteness. But where is the black woman who their violence and raucous witness injured for life?
Later, after months of unjust and brutal character assassination against the Lacrosse players, forensic evidence was finally released showing them completely innocent of the alleged crime. Perhaps even worse was the fact that “racism” was the word used in countless commentaries on the case in the press. Only problem was, none of the criminal allegations were true...
comment: The letter quoted above is from Prof. Houston A. Baker, Jr.

Mark Simeon - Attorney at LawLieStoppers:
This Day in Hoax History: April 9, 2006 — April 9, 2006, marks the anniversary of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong’s campaign speech at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. Buoyed by his newfound popularity in the black community resulting from his Hoax media blitz and advantaging himself of a newly forged political alliance, Defendant Nifong was introduced to the congregation by Durham attorney Mark Simeon, who Nifong had begun courting weeks before at an NAACP dinner. Simeon, perhaps best known for his failed campaign to oust Nifong’s mentor, Jim Hardin, described Nifong in his introduction as a “good prosecutor” and a “good man.”...

Simeon’s shady participation in the Hoax appears fitting for the attorney whose professional, political, and personal “highlights” include at least one State Bar complaint, failure to pay federal payroll taxes, unpaid student loans, accusations of illegally entering previous District Attorney Hardin's office, a failed bid for vice president of the Durham NAACP, 55 unpaid parking tickets rationalized as a business expense, and more...
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Michael Gaynor:
Duke case: Wicked Wendy Murphy is the worst — On August 30, 2006, LieStoppers announced a Hag of the Hoax contest, with hostess of her own show Nancy Grace as the first nominee (perhaps an affront to commentator Wendy Murphy).

LieStoppers put it this way: "With the approach of Labor Day, the annual return of that great American tradition,.. the Miss America Pageant... comes to our minds. LieStoppers is not sexist, but, in a chivalrous way, we seek to recognize several media damsels who stand tall above the crowd in their reporting on this case.

"In that spirit, LieStoppers is proud to announce its own 'Beauty is a Beast Contest': Miss Hag of the Hoax 2006...Still, it struck me as fair to ridicule nominees and prospective nominees, since they were lawyers who should have known better and they seemed to be exploiting the Duke case for their own agenda-driven purposes instead of providing what I would call helpful expert analysis.

Be that as it may, with Duke case dismissal imminent...WE HAVE A "WINNER" (ALSO A WHINER): WENDY MURPHY!...

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