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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Prosecutor Standing Firm

Associated Press, October 30, 2006

DURHAM, N.C. - The prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse rape case has heard the criticism from experts and armchair lawyers, and said Monday he is comfortable with nearly all the decisions he has made and confident about taking the case to trial…
Nifong, running for election against two challengers who have attacked his handling of the case, obtained an indictment against three athletes accused of raping a stripper at a team party in March. They have strongly declared their innocence.
In the early days of the case, Nifong granted numerous newspaper and TV interviews, at one point calling the players "hooligans" and declaring that DNA would identify the guilty. DNA failed to connect the players to the accuser.
Nifong said Monday that granting so many interviews was his only regret…
The latest questions about Nifong's handling of the case came last week, after he said he and his staff have yet to interview the accuser about the facts of the case, leaving that work to police. He said Monday his responsibility is to direct the investigation, not conduct it…
Nifong declined to comment on an interview, aired by ABC on Monday, with Kim Roberts, a second stripper at the party. Roberts said the accuser was clearly impaired and "talking crazy" after they left the party and drove to a grocery store.
Roberts said she was unable to get the accuser to leave her car, and pushed on the woman's arm and leg to try to force her out. Roberts quoted the accuser as saying: "Go ahead, go ahead. Put marks on me. Go ahead. That's what I want. Go ahead."
"And it chilled me to the bone," Roberts said…

So the DA has never even talked to the accuser? I said from the beginning this was nothing more than someone seeking reelection and playing the race card to win. According to one report I saw on TV, there is now the possibility that Nifong might be prosecuted due to his handling of the case. He should be prosecuted for ruining the lives of three people, only this time, there is enough evidence to prosecute.


Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I still say SOMETHING happened there that night, something that is not entirely on the up and up, but here we have another case of a prosecutor totally blowing any chance he had. He hasn't actually talked to the girl yet?!?! Pardon my French, but WTF? This other dancer has more stories than Stephen King. I wonder what she'll come up with next week.

Wed Nov 01, 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I think all of it goes to show that no rape occurred. Instead, a drunk, or high, stripper showed up to a party with a bunch of drunk college kids, and she was looking to make more money off them. Instead, she ruined their lives.

Wed Nov 01, 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I don't think you can put it all on the stripper...there is something else going on here. If she had wanted to make more $$$ off of them, she should have foregone the drinks and kept on dancin'.

Thu Nov 02, 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Each stripper was paid $400 but they stopped early because the accuser kept falling down. Then the accuser tried to go back into the house after she was helped to the car by the Duke players, to try and make some more money. She was upset when they locked her out of the house.

Thu Nov 02, 10:48:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

The Duke players just seem to get better and better in these accounts. I'm sure we'll soon hear how they bought them dinner and told them to keep their clothes on, because they respected them too much as people. Jiminy Christmas! I think they all received their Community Service Badge from the Boy Scouts for all of their hard work reaching out to these two lost souls. Are you having the Duke LAX team over for the Holidays?

Fri Nov 03, 05:45:00 AM  
Anonymous mike said...

for a different view of the duke lacrosse case, see,

Fri Nov 03, 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I checked out the link Mike, thanks for pointing it out. He makes some good points, and he, being in the area, is probably privy to some info that the rest of us aren't getting in the news. I still am of the opinion that something, I don't know what, but something happened that night. ANd that both sides seem to have something to hide.

Mon Nov 06, 01:17:00 PM  

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