I've tried to reserve judgment in the Duke University rape case but with the most recent news, I'm beginning to wonder if there's a case at all, at least against two members of the LaCrosse team. The defense attorneys have been talking often since this case began and they are very insistent that their clients are innocent. In this CNN story, the defense attorneys claim they have some pretty credible evidence that the boys were elsewhere, and specifically that Seligmann could not have been at the scene of the alleged crime.
Ok, no Seligmann and also no DNA.
How is it possible there was no evidence of DNA on that woman or her clothing? She said she was gang raped by four men right? Yet there is no evidence of her DNA (or theirs) in the bathroom where it allegedly took place.
Sure she could have been assaulted, but the question is was it perpetrated by the people being accused? Some might say she may have been mistaken in her memory of the incident and inadvertently accused the wrong boys. The thing is, she was shown photos of the boys and she picked them out of the photos, not out of a random lineup. There's little chance this was just a simple error.
I know, I know, reserve judgment....but I am having some serious doubts here. I just don't believe the lawyers are blowing smoke because if there was real evidence one or both was there, any good attorney would be spending this time trying to come up with a valid defense like for instance "consensual sex". At least that defense could be feasible. Maybe not entirely believable, but feasible.
The thing is, since day one, the lawyers have insisted the boys did not do it. I'm now beginning to wonder myself.
There's something else that bothers me. Duke's own President stated the team had a "history of boorish behavior and underage drinking" and what I have to wonder is why the coaches and staff on up to the President knew about this behavior and did nothing to curb it. If the President of the University knows his athletes are breaking the law and wreaking havoc, why wasn't it stopped? Is the LaCrosse team's record that good it would exempt them from punishment?
I guess it's now obvious why the team's schedule was suspended so quickly and why their coach resigned shortly afterwards. Sounds to me like Duke is trying to cover its ass and I can't say I blame them. The President of the University is facing one hell of a lawsuit and my guess is that the rich and prestigious alumni who give generously each year, especially the rich old conservative widows, are not happy with the negative publicity surrounding this old and prestigious private university.
I suppose the truth will eventually come out and if those athletes really did commit the rape, they should be punished severely with a prison term. And if turns out the alleged victim lied, she should be face a prison term.....but that's not likely though as I am sure her defense will be that "society" forced her into becoming a stripper to make money to care for her child and go to school because there were no decent paying jobs for a young black woman in that area. And oh yes I am sure the white male persecution of young black women will come into play somewhere in that defense.
The thing about her lie is that it will reward her not with a prison term but with her college tuition and expenses paid in full by Jesse Jackson & the Rainbow Coalition.
One no longer has to think very hard to figure out what is wrong with America.