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Duke Lacrosse Player: 'I'm Absolutely Innocent'
Fox News ^ | 5-15-06 | FOX News' Megyn Kendall, Liza Porteus and The Associated Press

Posted on 05/15/2006 2:12:04 PM PDT by Main Street

DURHAM, N.C. — A third Duke University lacrosse player indicted for his role in the alleged rape of a 27-year-old exotic dancer said Monday that he is "absolutely innocent" of all charges and that the allegations against him "are lies, fabricated...and they will be proven wrong." David Evans, a 23-year-old senior, said he and his roommates helped police search for evidence after the incident was reported. He also answered questions and gave a statement to police without a lawyer present "because I knew I had done nothing wrong." He also said he...voluntarily turned over DNA samples,...and asked to take a polygraph test — which he said was refused by the Durham police. Evans said that for weeks he has been trying to contact District Attorney Mike Nifong, who is prosecuting the case. Defense lawyers have complained that Nifong was not accepting evidence that may prove their clients innocent. "All of my attempts have been denied. I've tried to provide him with exculpatory evidence to show him this could not have happened," Evans said, adding, "apparently, there's a lack of interest in my story — the true story." Evans said he finally got a former FBI polygraph expert to give him a polygraph test. "I passed that polygraph for the same reason I will be acquitted of all these charges," Evans said. "I have done nothing wrong and I have told the truth, I have told the truth from Day One … I have the truth behind me and it will not phase me." He added: "I am innocent, Reade Seligmann is innocent, Collin Finnerty is innocent, every member of the Duke lacrosse team is innocent. You have all been told fantastic lies … the truth will come out."

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TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: duke; rape; tawanabrawley

1 posted on 05/15/2006 2:12:05 PM PDT by Main Street
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To: Main Street

Duke Lacrosse Player: 'I'm Absolutely Innocent'

We know but the DA is not!


2 posted on 05/15/2006 2:12:48 PM PDT by Scribbz (Navy brat and proud! My dad has more stripes on his butt than you do on your arm!)
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To: Main Street

It really does strike me strange that the DA is not willing to speak with the defense at all.


3 posted on 05/15/2006 2:13:58 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Main Street

Evans is the same player the accuser identified with 90 percent certainty in an earlier photo line-up.

Defense attorneys have stressed that the DNA results do not conclusively match that of any member of the team and that the lineup was flawed.

Cheshire said that during the lineup, the accuser told police she would be 100 percent sure of the identification if Evans had a mustache — something he said his client has never had.


4 posted on 05/15/2006 2:14:12 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Main Street

Man, if any good comes from this, it will be to focus attention on out-of-control prosecutors such as Fitz and Nifong.


5 posted on 05/15/2006 2:14:14 PM PDT by dirtboy (An illegal immigrant says my tagline used to be part of Mexico)
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To: Main Street; All

Where is Mike Nifong going with this?!

Unless the defense is lying, there appears to be no solid evidence that the players are guilty of anything but bad taste in strippers!

Can anyone speculate on Nifong's reasons for dragging this out - other than he has delusions of grandeur?!


6 posted on 05/15/2006 2:15:49 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Main Street

Memo to the dirtbag D.A.: how do you explain your little angel alleged victim working as a stripper for an escort service?

What about her history of unsubstantiated rape charges against 3 prior men?

How about her bizarre and hystrionic demeanor?

Hey I am sorry, but false rape charges (and convictions) are fairly common in the USA. The facts and evidence strongly support the defense. And the evidence so far is devastating to what appears to be a politicalized and corrupt prosecution.

The Duke lads are being persecuted here.


7 posted on 05/15/2006 2:16:14 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: dirtboy

...and Earle.


8 posted on 05/15/2006 2:25:00 PM PDT by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: MplsSteve
Where is Mike Nifong going with this?!

If he were to back down now, the charges that he did this for political reasons would stick.

9 posted on 05/15/2006 2:27:42 PM PDT by dirtboy (An illegal immigrant says my tagline used to be part of Mexico)
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To: taxcontrol

-aren't most DAs begging to talk to suspects with or without their lawyers.......? this makes no sense, unless the DA is looking to hang this "crime" on these boys.


10 posted on 05/15/2006 2:30:37 PM PDT by tioga (Spring is here, and allergy season is in full bloom.)
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To: Buck W.

And you can't forget Philly DA Lynn Abraham, who prosecuted Don Adams for assaulting the fists of Teamsters with his face.


11 posted on 05/15/2006 2:30:38 PM PDT by dirtboy (An illegal immigrant says my tagline used to be part of Mexico)
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12 posted on 05/15/2006 2:58:25 PM PDT by Main Street (Stuck in traffic)
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To: Main Street

And what he has if "Nofing", except a sleazy politically-motivated prosecution which was initiated in a (successful) effort to be re-elected by galvanizing certain minority voters. Both the accuser and the prosecutor should suffer profoundly for this, but I guaran-damn-tee they won't.


13 posted on 05/15/2006 3:39:23 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Main Street

And what he has iS "Nofing", except a sleazy politically-motivated prosecution which was initiated in a (successful) effort to be re-elected by galvanizing certain minority voters. Both the accuser and the prosecutor should suffer profoundly for this, but I guaran-damn-tee they won't.


14 posted on 05/15/2006 3:39:56 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Main Street

Be sure to check the thread on DU - keep Barf Bucket next to chair. Then, pray that Jury Nullification is an unknown term in NC...


15 posted on 05/15/2006 3:48:26 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: Main Street

I don't know why, but everytime I read about this case, I think about this cartoon.

16 posted on 05/15/2006 4:15:00 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Going armed to the terror of the public.)
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To: Main Street

I hope this is the righteous indignation of the innocent. I would love this story to turn out to be fabricated.


17 posted on 05/15/2006 4:19:40 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Paisan
You are going to see an all black jury send some innocents to prison for nothing more than being white and well off. Its going to be Tawana Brawley and O.J. Simpson all rolled into one nightmare.
18 posted on 05/15/2006 4:48:15 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Scribbz
This whole case S-T-I-N-K-S. She has a record of acting strange. The owner of the Strip Club she auditioned for describes her acting weirded out the night she stole the taxi cab and almost ran over a cop:

"Owner of a strip joint tells FOX: A came to his club to audition. After she danced she went into dressing room where she was found "collapsed under a table" "She was asked to leave and said she had NO RIDE" "cab was called......when driver arrived he went to use the bathroom.....that is when she took his keys....left with the taxi"

19 posted on 05/15/2006 4:58:54 PM PDT by apro
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To: Main Street

She said they said. I don't think that the DA can even prove that she was raped at the LAX house.


20 posted on 05/15/2006 5:07:39 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Proud soldier in the American Army of Occupation..)
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To: taxcontrol
It really does strike me strange that the DA is not willing to speak with the defense at all.

If the DA talked to the kid's lawyers he would have had to tell the GJ about any exculpatory evidence that was presented to him.

21 posted on 05/15/2006 5:09:58 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Proud soldier in the American Army of Occupation..)
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To: Mike Darancette

But doesn't a defendant also have the opportunity to present evidence at a GJ hearing?


22 posted on 05/15/2006 5:13:12 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol
But doesn't a defendant also have the opportunity to present evidence at a GJ hearing?

Only the prosecution.

23 posted on 05/15/2006 5:29:33 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Proud soldier in the American Army of Occupation..)
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To: taxcontrol

No, only ding-bat Nifag. The prosecution can basically indict just about anything when taking "evidence" to the Grand Jury. Its what he/she presents during a trail that really counts, 'cause that's when both sides are heard.


24 posted on 05/15/2006 7:40:29 PM PDT by apro
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To: MplsSteve
Where is Mike Nifong going with this?!

Make no mistake - Mike Nifong is the "justice" we will get if Hillary or any other radical fem gets back into power again.

In many justisdictions - this is the way the law is applied.

25 posted on 05/15/2006 8:13:46 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: Emmett McCarthy
"Nofing", except a sleazy politically-motivated prosecution

Nifong get a judgeship or even an administrative position if the rats carry the next election. He's just polishing his bona fides.

26 posted on 05/15/2006 8:15:47 PM PDT by Fido969
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