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Monday, April 10, 2006

Are they fucking kidding?


Once upon a time, rapists were dealt with
in a rather different way. Especially in North
Carolina

Lawyer: Woman Came to Duke Party Injured


By SAMUEL SPIES, Associated Press Writer 1 minute ago

DURHAM, N.C. - Time-stamped photographs will show an exotic dancer was already injured and "very impaired" when she arrived at a party where she claims she was raped by members of Duke University's men's lacrosse team, an attorney for one of the players said Sunday.

Durham attorney Bill Thomas said some of the photographs, taken when she arrived at the house, indicate the woman was injured before getting to the party March 13. They show extensive bruises and scrapes on her legs, especially around the knees, he said.

"This young lady was substantially impaired. She had fallen several times during the course of the evening," Thomas said.

He declined to identify the player he represents and said he would not release the photos, taken by at least two cameras, until pending DNA tests are completed.

He also wouldn't say whether the photos were taken by a lacrosse team member or someone else; court documents have indicated that only team members were present at the party.

No one has been charged in the case, but the allegations that members of the nearly all-white team raped the woman, a black student at a nearby university, have rocked both Duke and Durham.

The allegations have led to the resignation of coach Mike Pressler, the cancellation of the lacrosse season and the suspension of one player from school.

Several dozen people gathered Sunday outside the house where the party took place, and pledged to return each Sunday until the case is resolved.

"Whether I want to believe it, or whether you want to believe it, something took place in there," said Johnny Williamson, 36, of Durham. "Something indecent took place."
...................

"These young men have been absolutely vilified in the press," Thomas said. "I think this week we will go a long ways toward clearing these young men's names. I can assure you that this has been a nightmare for each and every one of them."


Crazy Nancy Grace made a very good point on Friday, why hasn't the team been suspended.

Why? Hiring a stripper, underage drinking would be a nice start. Duke owns the building, obviously underage drinking is a lease violation, a team violation and a school violation.

The lawyers know that if the DNA jackpots, their clients, and not just the three rapists, are going to face, at a minimum, explusion from Duke, maybe charges as accessories before and after the fact, insane pressure to testify against the rapists, especially little Hannibal Lecter e-mailer. Talk about a future cooperating witness.

Make no mistake, the victim will have all the civil and criminal legal help she needs if this holds up. I think the lawyers are making a tragic mistake by downplaying the serverity of the crime. I don't think most of the kids lawyers are locals.

Because I don't think they understand, beinfg a defendant tied to Duke is not a good thing to begin with. Then you have a crime which harks back to the bad old days, before black people lost their fear.

The odor of privlege reeks from this case. The lawyers should have explained that cooperation with the DA would be wise. Stonewalling is going to look like a conspiracy to hide a brutal rape and whatever else these people may have had in mind.

Claiming that the alleged victim was injured when she showed up raises a bunch of questions, like why did they let a drunk, injured woman perform for them. Does this make them look good?

I get the feeling some of these folks in this are family lawyers used to dealing with local dustups and impressing judges. Because they should be giving as little fodder to Nancy Grace as possible, and that's like feeding her dinner with a martini.

posted by Steve @ 12:10:00 AM

12:10:00 AM

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