Skip to comments.District Attorney: Duke lacrosse case 'not going away'
Posted on 04/11/2006 8:47:19 AM PDT by Arec Barrwin
Updated: April 11, 2006, 11:32 AM ET
District Attorney: Duke lacrosse case 'not going away' Associated Press
DURHAM, N.C. -- The district attorney said Tuesday he will not abandon his investigation of allegations that an exotic dancer was sexually assaulted and beaten at a party thrown by members of Duke University's lacrosse team.
"A lot has been said in the press, particularly by some attorneys yesterday, that this case should go away," District Attorney Mike Nifong said at a community forum. "My presence here means that this case is not going away."
On Monday, attorneys representing members of the lacrosse team said DNA from 46 lacrosse players did not match evidence collected from the woman who says she was raped.
"No DNA from any young man tested was found anywhere on or about this woman," defense attorney Wade Smith said Monday.
He said he hoped Nifong would drop the investigation.
No charges have been filed in the case, but Nifong has said he believes a crime occurred at the March 13 party, which according to court records was attended only by lacrosse players.
Nifong, who has said he doesn't necessarily need DNA evidence to prosecute, was calmly defiant at Tuesday's forum, attended by about 700 people on the campus of North Carolina Central University, the historically black university a few miles from Duke where the alleged victim is a student.
"The fact is that this case is proceeding the way a case should proceed," Nifong said to applause.
The 27-year-old woman told police she and another woman were hired to dance at the party. The woman told police that three men at the party dragged her into a bathroom, choked her, raped her and sodomized her. The allegations led to days of protests on and off the Duke campus.
"this case is not going away..."
I'm guessing a jury will have the last say on that, not you.
Yep, let's just keep flogging that dead horse.
"No charges have been filed in the case, but Nifong has said he believes a crime occurred at the March 13 party, which according to court records was attended only by lacrosse players."
Sounds like the crime that occurred may have been on HER part. If that's the case, I certainly hope they file charges.
"What a joke. The woman, according to the tests, DIDN'T EVEN HAVE SEX. Where's the crime?"
The crime is in the false allegations made by the complainant. She should be vigorously prosecuted.
What is going away is his reelection chances, he had a lot staked on the race card.
No, actually, DNA tests don't conclusively prove that, or that a crime didn't happen, but this sure doesn't help. The DA seems to be not entirely objective about this case, though. Just in the last few days, he promised that DNA would prove a crime.
Of course it's not going away. The feminazi's and race pimps have had a field day persecuting the guys on the Lacrosse Team and now that they've got their teeth in they don't want to let go. Sheesh...
That's the problem. It's beginning to look as though this is not about the Duke University Lacross players. It's about an existent racial tension in Durham and the DA is exploiting it to win re-election.
To be fair, I still don't know what happened that evening. Until now, it seemed to me something may have happened, but now I wonder. But whether it did or not, this case, or lack thereof, should NEVER had been in the media like this. This DA has now trapped himself and he really has to prosecute it or totally lose all credibility--and the next election. If he prosecutes and loses, he can blame it on the jury.
The president of Duke University ought to resign for not supporting his institution. He's behaved shamefully. What a dreadful president.
the gal came in with injuries...no DNA match....sounds like she got mad at these guys...and so she accused them of gang rape...NO evidence this accusation is true whatsoever...what's with this DA anyway
This clown made his announcement at a political rally for black Democrats. If that doesn't disqualify him from this case -- and from the bar -- I don't know what does.
He was right - it proved slander on the part of the woman.
Being a rich white male(first impression).
What is he doing? Is he crazy? This was an after-thought set-up to extort money from these students and nothing more. They ought to sue her for defamation and the DA ought to bring charges of false reporting. Absurd. Obscene. Ridiculous.
The actual crime committed is by that lying blk female. She should be charged with a crime. Then the young men accused of gang rape should file a suit against her. She has NO money or assets but a point needs to be made bigtime.
27 going on 50!
Doesn't the DA realize that if he were to Win this case in spite of the lqack of DNA evidence, he would be screwing up the chances of his "Brothers" getting out of prison based on any new analysis of DNA evidence that proves they were not the ones perpetrating the rape and/or murder?
He is playing with a Two Edged Sword here.
The need a Grand Jury. But which of the "White Boys" do they charge?
Well then, who does the DNA belong to?
Stubborn son of a gun, ain't he?
I don't think we should leave out the other "exotic dancer". After all she made the calls and drove the accuser to Kroger's--personally, I think she put her up to it since the girl was falling down drunk.
Does it prove that?
Could the alleged victim identify anyone in a line-up? If not, you are right - who are they going to charge?
Two words: Tawana Brawley. I wonder if there would be such if it were a white girl and the Duke Basket Ball team.
I've been wondering whether what happened is, the hiring of the strippers was simply botched.
According to the reports, the lacrosse player Dan dealt with the escort agency and used the fake name Adam.
Maybe Dan was put in charge of the task of hiring the strippers, and instead of planning ahead, and taking the time several days prior to the party of actually going to a local strip club, checking out the strippers and arranging for two in particular to entertain at the party, Dan procrastinated.
He waited until too late, maybe even the afternoon of the party, and then desperately started calling around numbers out of a phone book. He found that the only place he could get someone to strip on such short notice were the two escort agencies, that it would be expensive ($800 plus tips), and then, when they actually showed up, Dan discovered he had hired older, overweight, drugged up african-american women.
Dan called the agency (Allure) that same afternoon and specfically requested white dancers. The team had a game in California on the 11th (incident was on the 13th) and had just gotten back into town. Not much time to plan ahead.
Where is "kim"? If the accuser was passed out on the lawn as the pictures purportedly show--who made the rape claim and when? Was it Kim, was it the boyfriend, or did the accuser sober up and suddenly remember?
Did Kim witness anything? Or did she wait outside for a half hour making 911 calls?
What was the alcohol level of the accuser? Could she ever be a reliable witness given her DUI's and rap sheet?
After the second 911 call to Kroger's did the accuser ask to be taken to the hospital? Was an ambulance called since she had so many cuts and bruises? Did the police send her off with the boyfriend? Wouldn't that be odd if she'd claimed rape right away?
From everything I've read, the time sequence relative to your questions is:
The two strippers start dancing sometime after midnight and stop dancing after only 3-4 minutes. According to the defense, they stopped dancing and went and locked themselves in the bathroom for 30 minutes. They then emerged and left the house and got into Kim's car.
The neighbor, who is watching the scene from next door, then overheard the accuser say, "I've got to go back in to get my shoes."
According to the defense, who claims to have a number of time-stamped photos supporting their account, she goes to the back door and bangs on the door but they don't let her in. They take pictures of her banging on the door with a big smile on her face, and she then falls down on the lawn, apparently sleeping or passed out.
According to the defense, the accuser was only passed out for a short time. One of the Duke students went out and helped her up, and there is a photo showing him helping her into Kim's car at 12:41.
The neighbor heard someone from the house shout "thank your grandpa for my nice cotton shirt" as they drove away.
At 12:55, Kim makes the first 911 call, complaining that a group of frat guys outside a house called her and her black girlfriend the n-word as they were (inconsistently) driving by/walking by/sitting in front of the house, and she gives the specific house address three times.
At 1:22, the security guard at Kroger calls 911 after Kim tells her a woman she picked up walking along the side of the road won't get out her car. The security guard notes the woman in the car appears intoxicated.
The police come. Within an hour, the designation of complaint is changed to a rape case, so it appears that it was when she was in the Kroger parking lot that the accuser told police she was raped. It is unknown if Kim was still around at this point, but it seems likely Kim left the scene as soon as she could. Apparently there are news reports saying that according to Kim, the accuser never told her she was raped.
At some point the boyfriend is called and comes to Kroger to get the accuser, and according to reports the boyfriend is the one who takes her to the hospital.
no sex (per DNA non-evidence) = no rape
One of the new lines now is that the negative DNA results were a direct result of a conflict of interest. The conspiracy is that the tests were done at Duke University Hospital and not at UNC Hospital in order to whitewash the results.