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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Monday, September 25, 2006

Duke stripper sentenced to house arrest

Roberts violated probation, is prosecution witness in rape investigation

The Associated Press, Sept 25, 2006

DURHAM, N.C. - A stripper who performed at a Duke lacrosse team party where another dancer said she was raped was sentenced to four months of house arrest Monday for an unrelated probation violation.
Kim Roberts was arrested nine days after the March 13 party, and charged with violating the terms of a probation agreement stemming from her 2001 conviction for embezzling $25,000 from a photo finishing company where she worked as a payroll specialist.
Roberts was with a woman, a student at nearby North Carolina Central, who told police she was raped in a bathroom by three men at the off-campus party.
According to arguments filed by defense attorneys, Roberts said during her initial interview with police that the rape allegations were a “crock” and that she was with the accuser the entire time they were at the party. In an April interview with The Associated Press, Roberts said she was not in the bathroom and therefore could not say for certain the accuser was not raped.
A grand jury indicted three lacrosse players…(I am not going to include their names even if they were in the AP Story)… on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual offense. Defense attorneys have strongly proclaimed their innocence. They have not been arraigned.
Mark Simeon, Roberts’ attorney, said his client will begin the house arrest on Oct. 9 and will be allowed to leave her home to work. The period of house arrest will be cut to two months if she catches up on her back restitution payments. Her probation will run through December 2009.

So what happened with the Duke lacrosse rape story? The media went out of their way to destroy the lives of three kids by accusing them of rape, and printed their names, photos and family histories all while protecting the identity of the accuser. There were marches, protests, boycotts, a coach was forced to resign, an entire team had to forfeit their season, and the three who were accused all had to leave school. Now months and months later, nothing.
I said from the beginning that these three were innocent and that the stripper was lying. They had credibility on their side while the two strippers did not and it was obvious the strippers were out to make a buck by destroying the lives of these “three rich white kids.” Well the strippers accomplished their second goal. I think the media owes these three kids an apology, and right behind them should be everyone else who almost seemed to want to them to be guilty. Those who acted as judge, jury, and executioner for these three boys in the face of overwhelming evidence that they were innocent should be ashamed.


Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I still disagree about the credibility issue. The one kid was found guilty on a seperate assault charge in DC. Why doesn't that hurt his credibility in your eyes? He's shown that he is capable and willing to use physical violence. It seems, and I may be wrong, that you are holding their (the strippers) profession against them. So if someone does that to make money, they automatically don't have credibility?

Tue Sep 26, 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Alec said...

While I am no fan of media sensationalism or our confused rape laws (I have not gotten to that topic in evidence, only in criminal law, but I eagerly await it), the character of the victim is not exactly dispositive. A lot of murder victims are themselves criminals. Unless there are special circumstances (i.e., heat of passion or self-defense), that does not downgrade the offense.

As an aside, you will note that the story mentions "arguments filed by defense attorneys," which is to be expected. That is not *evidence* of her statement. When the police officer is questioned, maybe that will come to light. But at this stage, no one has any basis for a conclusion.

Wed Sep 27, 12:16:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Rogue, no, I am not simply using their profession as a reason to question their credibility. The stripper who did not claim to having been raped, has changed her story, and contacted a PR Firm in NYC about using the story to make money was convicted of embezzling more than $25,000 from a previous employer. And the woman who accused the players of rape has a criminal record as well. From an earlier Post on April 22, 2006. According to Newsweek, “In 2002, she was accused of stealing a taxicab and trying to run over a police officer (but pleaded guilty to lesser charges)” (Newsweek, April 17, 2006). And, the forensic tests and her own testimony showed that she had had sex with multiple partners previous to that night.
The one player’s assault charge only shows that on one occasion he had too much to drink and got into a fight. An incident of drunken fighting does not show a proclivity to rape. But, there were up to 46 other lacrosse players who said no rape occurred, and yes I would take the word of 47 people over two with a history of breaking the law.

Thu Sep 28, 05:21:00 AM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I can see why you feel the way you do, I still don't agree. On the lacrosse side of it, I think I remember reading that part of the reason the coach was forced into resigning was because he had been warned before about getting his team "under control." Athletes seem to get a pass on bad behavior a good deal of the time, and I would venture a guess that a lot of people weren't exactly heartbroken to hear that some athletes were going to be punished. These guys may be paying for the sins of many athletes before them. No, it's not fair, but neither is saying that someone couldn't ahve been the victim of a crime because they themselves have commited crimes. Duke sucks anyway.

Thu Sep 28, 05:34:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Rogue, that was the point that alec made, and I 100% agree. People who have committed crimes CAN have crimes committed against them. But, my point was that so many people including the media were so willing to stand up and convict these three kids when there was so much evidence, and testimony that they were not guilty, and when you throw in the credibility issue, it makes it all the worse because how these kids were convicted to quickly and easily in the court of public opinion. As far as athletes go, yes often we excuse their behavior and here I am thinking of the Kobe rape trail where the media went after the accuser rather than Kobe, and she dropped the charges or J. Williams the former New Jersey Nets player who shot and killed his limo driver and I don’t think ever received any jail time. And then there is of course OJ.
Race is an important factor in all of these cases, and it can not be overlooked, and it wasn’t overlooked either.

Thu Sep 28, 05:47:00 AM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

There are people out there who are going to side with the girls on this because they themselves were victimized by athletes growing up. THey could relate more to the girls than they could the lacrosse team on this one. To be honest, I think there's credibility issues on both sides, and as per the usual, somewhere in the middle is what really happened that night. And there is only a handful of people who know.

Thu Sep 28, 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Rogue, except for the DNA evidence that shows that nothing occurred, you are probably right. There is a truth in there somewhere, but it is not the truth that many people, including the media, were hoping for.

Fri Sep 29, 02:55:00 AM  

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