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March 30, 2006


Of course the results of the DNA tests will be of particular interest, since eyewitnesses are unreliable in general. However, I'm still strongly inclined toward my initial reaction to the case; these women were escorts. This would mean that 1) they'd be used to a lot of shit, and 2) they wouldn't be inclined to regard the police as friends. Thus, if they went to the police, my inclination is to suspect that some really bad things must have happened. Of course, the DNA testing could convince me otherwise, but confusions in the testimony seem insufficient to me to make the claims of the alleged victims seriously dubious.

Yep, good point. On the first discrepency, seems that in all the crowd confusion (and recall, it's just possible that some drug-induced confusion might have been at work also)it's possible that the first woman assumed her friend was going back in with her, only to get inside and have her friend still be at her car. In fact, they may have deliberately detained her friend outside. Thing is, once everyone is sloppy-drunk (or drugged), getting details nailed down in impossible. Hard enough when all are sober.
On the second, possible that the woman who drove the other to Kroger didn't feel led to tell a grocery store security guard that she was a stripper performing at a party. I can see why someone would demure on sharing that type of detail to someone who was peripheral to the case.
I'm sure other discrepencies will arise...challenge will be to keep those that matter separate from those that don't.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I didn't read the article the same way as you did. I read it as saying that DNA tests were requested and the team agreed. However, before they were administered their lawyers intervened - probably advising them not to do so voluntarily. Then, when a court order was issued, the 46 guys provided the samples.

Rape shields were created in the 1970s to protect the alleged “victim” from having her reputation ruined by baseless assumptions, unfair judgments, public humiliation, and character assassinations, but any of this could describe what’s happening to every member of the lacrosse team.

Irresponsible “special interest groups” have held protests everyday holding the name and pictures of anyone on the lacrosse team, to having their pictures and hate slogans pasted all over school. The actions of these groups against these men are nothing short of harassment and unfair character assassination.

Media hungry District Attorney Mike Nifong stated he is positive a rape has occurred, but he isn’t sure if it’s by the members of the lacrosse team, yet he obtained an order to get DNA samples from only the members of the team, then he stated on a national news program that the lacrosse team has a “rowdy” reputation on campus – obviously playing up to sexist stereotyping of jocks to further prove his case. As he continues to play out his case for public consumption, he claims that the team is “stonewalling the investigation” because they claim not to have any knowledge of what transpired, but is Nifong now believing the men to be telling the truth as he recently changed his tune stating that even if the DNA evidence clears these boys that he’ll have other evidence.

Opportunistic political groups have descended on Duke’s campus using unscrupulous methods to get media attention at the expense of innocent young men who happen to be on the lacrosse team. Young men who were too recently, only boys not yet ready to handle this ugly side of the world. In today’s climate, we need the rape shield laws extended to protect all the innocent, including those who just happen to get in the way of media hungry district attorneys and opportunistic political groups.

It's very obvious what's going on in this current case, between the players not telling their side of the story. Point blank whether she was a "call-girl" or not is irrelevant to the fact that she was sexually abused. And what about the email that was sent from one of the players anonymously stating how he wanted to invite some more dancers over so he can kill and 'skin' them ? It's a matter of putting two and two together. The victim was also tested at the nurse's station on campus , with positive signs and results of a rape. The fact of the matter is not the descrepancies in her account of what happened.Why aren't we hearing the accounts from the players? Thats when you can compare "inconsistencies" existing within the stories from other side.

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