This is no surprise to me whatsoever.
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.
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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