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March 30, 2006


Just a proofreading note--9/11 refers to the date, September 11, which people now take as a reference to 9/11/01. The emergency call number is 911 or 9-1-1, if you want to be technical about it.

Not really germaine to discussion of the issues, but it is always good not to undermine your analysis with a silly editing mistake.

Oops, that's a bizarre typo. Fixed above - thanks.

Hmmm. The Smoking Gun police report says that the numbers were there. I wonder if they took the victim's word for that in the request for a search warrant, or if somebody removed the numbers before the reporter stopped by in order to deliberately confuse issues (or if the reporter didn't really check and someone lied to the reporter about the numbers).

Re: the 911 call.

I see that Duke University's president is quoted in the press as saying he found the tape "disgusting," and that he is "sorry the woman and her friend were subjected to abuse."

My question is, who was on the tape?

Did the tape record the voices of those hurling epithets, or merely the voice of the accuser making a report?

I suspect that only the accuser's voice is on the 911 tape.

If that is so, then President Brodhead is being very unfair to the accused players,
by giving credence to unproved allegations.

Assuming any of the players are eventually charged, how will they get a fair trial if the University's president is already on record as saying, in effect, that they are guilty?

I'm local to Duke and there's SO MANY inconsistencies, but the media won't print them. The story is much sexier and people are getting on National shows with the first story.

The woman says in the Raleigh News and Observer on 3/25 that she reported the rape for her FATHER. She says her Father came to see her at the hospital - a direct quote.
Link: http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/421799.html

On 3/31, the FATHER is quoted by Knight-Ridder as saying he saw her the day after the incident and SHE NEVER SAID ANYTHING TO US.

NO ONE WILL TOUCH IT. I called the News and Observer and have written them e-mails and they say they're aware of it, but they won't report it in any way. They keep printing pictures of the Duke players and rehashing the dancers version of events, but they won't print anything when so much of the story really STINKS.

For instance, the News&Observer (and then everyone else) printed CHARGES that some players of the team have against them (most are open-container violations and maybe two
for urinating outside).. But they reported the Charges even when they were not convicted by the Judge (in many cases).

The woman has a CRIMINAL RECORD, but NO ONE will report Her convictions. The story we keep hearing at Duke is that the woman ARRIVED drunk or High. This is consistent with her CRIMINAL record. She has a DWI and her license has been suspended THREE times, and she's has an Eluding ARREST conviction.
Only one small, local TV station published this story on their web-site only:

It's really scary .. I've waited on hold and spoken to editors at Large Newspapers.. They won't print the other side. It's like
the Twilight Zone. I never would've believed it.

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 play his case for the media. As Nifong continues to publicly massacre the characters 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.

I would like to know if anyone knows the square footage and/or the layout of the Duke Frat House in question (alleged rape case).

Thank you.

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