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Monday, September 24, 2007

Duke Case — Sept. 24, 2007

Today's items - updated:

John Stevenson / Herald-Sun: [reg. req.]
Parallel seen to lacrosse case -- At age 40, Craig Fuller believes he is in the same boat as three much younger Duke lacrosse players falsely prosecuted for an alleged sexual attack on an exotic dancer.

"The story needs to be told," Fuller said Friday. "People can get trapped and locked up for something crazy. It's sad, man. It's an ordeal. Your whole life is turned upside down."

But the Durham District Attorney's Office contends it must stick up for alleged rape victims when they seem credible and need judicial help, regardless of the ultimate legal outcome.

Like the lacrosse athletes, Fuller was accused of sexual misconduct on a he-said, she-said basis.

Like the Duke students, he is now exonerated.

But there are important distinctions.

For one thing, Fuller's case received no international media attention like that which rained down on the lacrosse scandal.

In addition, Fuller had the benefit of doubt in the minds of grand jurors, who recently decided there was no reason to indict him.

The lacrosse athletes were indicted last year despite what turned out to be a dearth of incriminating evidence. [...]

KC Johnson:
Duke Basketball Report:
Lax Case - Civil Suit Misconceptions -- We can understand Cindy Wrenn’s frustration about the looming lawsuit against the city of Durham, but her letter to the Herald-Sun repeats a common misconception: that the citizens of Durham are somehow not responsible for the actions of city officials.

If the citizens of a city (or state or nation) democratically elect and maintain a government, who else could possibly be responsible for that government but those same citizens. [...]
John in Carolina:
Michael Gaynor:
Duke case: KC's countdown, corrected -- "In summary, you [Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead] have failed these young men; you have failed to demonstrate the courage, sense of honor and strong judgment that a leader must have to be successful. You have failed the parents of these student athletes and, most importantly, you have failed to properly lead Duke University through this difficult challenge. There are situations where the great qualities of leaders emerge or where their worst qualities are exposed. Unfortunately, for all those affected, you have been exposed." [...]

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