So much of the debate about rape continues to center on the idea that the defendant or defendants are being unfairly characterized by rabid "victims" and prosecutors. Too often the defendant is successful at whitewashing a rape into consensual sex, a misunderstanding, or drunk sex, but this case isn't so easy to whitewash.
However that didn't stop the defense attorneys from giving it their best shot.
The girl, who didn't report the rape for two weeks after the February 2006 attack, missed a school bus and called one of the suspects for a ride. [Christopher D.] Hardy and [Dashuan Lee] Rice picked her up and took her to an apartment, where Rice raped her, prosecutors said.
The girl left, but the three suspects picked her up again and took her back to the apartment, where all three raped her while filming some of the attack, prosecutors said.
Police found the video, which shows the men raping and threatening the girl while she repeatedly says, "No."
"They tormented and humiliated her," prosecutor Lori DiGiosia said.
Defense attorneys said their clients were not as bad as what was portrayed on the videotape.
If that statement is true in other parts of their lives and these were young men of "excellent" character, it makes the crime nothing out of line with what typical, normal young men do.
And that is truly frightening.