Over the last few days, sources close to the defense have given ABC News an exclusive look at the evidence behind one player's alleged alibi -- evidence that includes electronic records, photographs and witness statements. If that material is authentic, it could prove that it was practically impossible for him to rape, kidnap or assault the alleged victim.There's a huge flaw here that many of those who are convinced that the alleged victim is a liar refuse to see.
Where to begin with the questionability of the alibis?
Let's start with this (from the ABC report):
Around midnight the night of March 13, Seligmann was already at the party when two women hired from a local escort agency arrived to dance for the boys
Isn't that interesting when the earliest reports say the dancers arrived on March 13 around 11:30 pm. Where's the missing half hour?
Here's part of a timeline from http://blog.lordsutch.com/archives/3347 (April 6):
11:30: women show up at house.But by April 18 the timeline has changed.
12:08ish: women leave
12:10ish: players skedaddle from house
From WRAL timeline:
Approximately 11:53 p.m.An exotic dancer, who later tells police she was raped, sodomized, beaten and strangled for 30 minutes, arrives at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., where she has an appointment to perform at a party in which members of Duke University's men's lacrosse team are present.Who provided this new arrival time to the media? The article only says: "The following timeline is based on public information ..." Would that have been information made public by defense attorneys?
Now on to the time-stamped photographs. There's still no mention of whether these photographs were taken with a digital camera. So there is no way to know how easy it would be to tamper with the time-stamps or if any portion of any of the pictures could have been photoshopped.
Now this: A taxi driver picked up 2 men, including one of the defendants, a block and a half from the party and drove them to a nearby bank -- if you are going to a nearby bank why walk a block and a half then take a taxi the rest of the way? Unless you think you might need an alibi.
Note: I heard from a reader who said this isn't an implausible scenario.
Update on taxi ride:
The details of the taxi ride have changed from what was reported in the ABC report.
From CNN: Defense attorneys: Timeline clears Duke rape suspects:
[taxi driver] said he picked up [one of the defendents] and a friend at 610 North Buchanan Blvd. at 12:19 a.m. He said he could tell that [one of the defendents] had been drinking, but that he didn't appear drunk.The call for the taxi was logged in at 12:14 am. If the dancers arrived around 11:30 pm, this still doesn't provide an alibi. Which means my questioning of the original taxi scenario was valid and that some of the information being fed to the press is inaccurate.
End of this update.
12:24 a.m. ATM card owned by one of the defendants used at a nearby bank. The importance of this time depends on the acceptance that the time-stamped photographs paint an accurate picture of the timeline. Also if all the players were contributing cash to the dancers payment wouldn't these men have all the cash they need for the night?
12:25 a.m Call to girlfriend out of state followed by a cab ride to a drive-thru fast-food restaurant and then dropping him off at his dorm. If he is guilty of rape this call makes perfect sense. Got to show the world that you have a girlfriend and don't need to rape anybody to get laid.
The hailing of a cab in the scenario described, along with possible tampering of time-stamped photographs, could be seen as a deliberate attempt to create an alibi using an impartial witness, bank transactions and a call to the girlfriend.
Especially with that missing half hour.
What could have happened during the missing half hour (maybe as little as 23 minutes)?
If the dancers were gone and all the players took of at 12:10ish, this alibi is no alibi at all.
For those of you who missed it, I'm raising questions about details that have been accepted by many as fact, not convicting anyone through my blog. I'll leave that to the courts.
While waiting for the men whom he would later drive to a nearby gas station, the Sudan-born driver saw a woman walking through a crowd of men toward a car, and heard someone say, "She just a stripper. She's going to call the police."Well, isn't that an interesting tidbit. I don't know about anyone else but that sounds consistant with what someone would say after committing rape or knowing a rape occurred.
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