Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Duke Case: Innocence & One Degree of Involvement

Mike McCusker who writes the Crystal Mess blog describes his brief meeting with Phil Seligmann, the father of Reade Seligmann, at a youth lacrosse tournament in New Jersey on May 20th:

I was starting to walk away when I heard "...and I had to stand there with my SON, and walk past that angry mob, shouting, "Rapist!" "Dead man walking!" "You'll get yours, Rapist!" I don't know why I did it, but I stopped, stone still, really LOOKED at the man for the first time, and asked, "Excuse me, but what is your name?" He looked back at me with the focused peer of a night sentry seeking to ascertain friend or foe, met my eyes with confident self-assurance, extended his hand and said firmly, "My name is Phil Seligmann. Nice to meet you. What is your name?" The other man shortly bade goodbye and we chatted, then, Phil and me, for quite a while. As the game in front of us ended and I had to marshall up my fourth grade troops for their contest, he extended his hand again. We shook, each pulling the other into the warm hug of mutual fatherly understanding. I asked him to convey to Reade that there are millions of people across the country, like me, all of whom who can see, hear, read, and...know. His eyes misted just a bit as he embraced me more firmly and whispered in my ear, "Thank you. THANK you. You have no idea how much that means to me and my family."

"Persecution," by Stephen Miller [Crystal Mess, Aug. 29, 2006]

Persecution [Stephen Miller | DukeChronicle, Aug. 28, 2006]

Duke Lacrosse Case [TJN Archives]

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