Friday, August 25, 2006

Newsflash: There's Evidence Behind The Duke Rape Case Charges

NY Times

Defense lawyers, amplified by Duke alumni and a group of bloggers who have closely followed the case, have portrayed it as a national scandal -- that there is only the flimsiest physical evidence of rape, that the accuser is an unstable fabricator, and that Mr. Nifong, in the middle of a tight primary campaign, was summoning racial ghosts for political gain.

By disclosing pieces of evidence favorable to the defendants, the defense has created an image of a case heading for the rocks. But an examination of the entire 1,850 pages of evidence gathered by the prosecution in the four months after the accusation yields a more ambiguous picture. It shows that while there are big weaknesses in Mr. Nifong's case, there is also a body of evidence to support his decision to take the matter to a jury.

This is no surprise to me whatsoever.

I also expect the defense's operatives to attempt to spin the contents of this story into proof that a gang rape couldn't have happened. Everyone knows that all real crimes result in open and shut criminal cases where the guilty can't possibly be found not guilty. Right?

The defense team and those committed to denying that "nice young college men" could even possibly commit rape have put forth a nice fairy tale with the alleged victim as the wicked witch and the prosecutor as the evil genius attempting to give life to a lie. Their shouts of, "Innocent until proven guilty," very conveniently only apply to alleged rapists and not to alleged victims, prosecutors or law enforcement personnel.

The conspiracy theorists are marketing the Duke Rape Case as the Duke Rape Hoax with the hope that their attacks on everyone and anyone who supports the continuation of this case will pressure someone into dropping the case before it reaches a jury.

After all those nice boys don't deserve to face the legal justice system.

This issue is bigger than this one case. What's being attempted by those who attack this alleged victim is also being attempted against many other rape victims individually and as a group. All of us who have spoken up and said, "I was also a rape victim," are part of the conspiracy against men -- who of course have done nothing that should be a crime.

All sensible people know that sexual assault isn't a pervasive problem. After all, by conservative estimates, it only happens once every five minutes or so. Why there's a bigfoot sighting nearly that often.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:09 AM   5 comments links to this post


At August 25, 2006 1:01 AM, Anonymous cooper said...


I mean it is so frustrating to read all that crap out there and reading talk left forums about makes me want to vomit.
Certainly the DA isn't basing this on nothing and certainly three frat boys have no less reason to have to go through the justice system than any other person charged with a crime.

That whole website where the " support” Duke Lacrosse players is sickening and exactly what is wrong with this country and all the kids my age from he same socioeconomic background....they don't think the rules apply to them, they have their own rules, mommy and daddy have some how made it clear.

At August 25, 2006 11:28 AM, Blogger Pirouette1196 said...

Thanks for posting this, Marcella. When this case goes to trial, I would love to take a day off from work and sit in that court room. Still praying for our sister. She needs the support.

At August 25, 2006 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That alleged victims aren't 'innocent until proven guilty' isn't just 'convenient', as you put it. It's the bedrock of our whole legal system. The person being charged with something has more protection built in than the person doing the charging. If you really hate it that much, I'm sure there are a few politicians who would be willing to accept your votes. I'm just not so sure you'd feel comfortable endorsing them.

It may well be that the Duke community is behaving badly in giving unwavering support to one of their own, but I'm shocked at how willing sexual assault partisans are to line up along 'their' side. Especially in a case like this, where the holes don't seem like defense team contrivances.

Something nasty clearly happened. But your need to conflate this individual story to the fates of rape victims "as a group" is as dangerous as the locals who would deny to the grave that nice white boys could be rapists.

At August 25, 2006 5:03 PM, Anonymous todd said...

cops lie.

that much I know from past experience.

lets take it to court and see what jury says, what else can we do?

At August 26, 2006 12:55 AM, Blogger RachelsTavern said...

It was nice to see the first relatively objective piece on the case in the NY Times today. I wanted to post on it, but I've been having internet problems. Unfortunately, I can't put up anything about this case without being besieged by white supremacist men's rights activists. So I have to enable comment moderation, and check constantly, which you can do when your site goes down.


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