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Posted on 01/11/2007 6:01:20 AM PST by TBBBO
Commentary: Feeling Sorry for Those Poor, Falsely-Accused Duke Lacrosse Players? Cry Me a River Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 By: Gregory Kane, BlackAmericaWeb.com
Commentary: Feeling Sorry for Those Poor, Falsely-Accused Duke Lacrosse Players? Cry Me a River Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 By: Gregory Kane, BlackAmericaWeb.com Michael Nifong, the district attorney of Durham, N.C., recently dropped rape charges against the three white Duke University lacrosse players accused of raping a black North Carolina Central coed. As expected, the cadre of right-wing commentators defending the three have gone into overdrive.
And, once again, Im compelled to write about how Im so not feeling any sympathy for these guys. I say again, they got off easy.
Why do I day that?
Four reasons: Calvin Crawford Johnson Jr.
Twenty-three years ago, Johnson found himself in the same boat those Duke players say theyre in: falsely accused of rape. The similarity in their situations ends there. Lets look at how they differ, shall we?
The three players are white. Johnson is black.
The three players were accused of raping a black woman. Johnson was accused of raping two white women.
The three Duke guys were arrested, charged, arraigned, posted bail and walked out of jail.
Johnson didnt get bail. He went to court every day with his hands and feet shackled.
The lacrosse players have had conservative media pundits rushing to their defense, taking to the airwaves and publishing columns listing every reason the trio couldnt possibly be guilty.
Johnson had no one in the media to tell people that one of his supposed victims picked not him, but another guy, as her assailant during a line-up and then admitted her identification was a deliberate lie. He had no one to write that he had a full beard at the time of the attack, but that the victim said her assailant had no beard.
There were no media commentators to tell the public that the woman admitted on the witness stand that she knew Johnson was her attacker and lied about it because she couldnt bear to look at him.
This is what an all-white Georgia jury in 1983 considered a credible witness. Oh, it gets better. A lab technician for the state of Georgia testified that hairs found on the victims bed did come from a black man, but that the black man wasnt Johnson. The ONLY physical evidence in the trial exonerated Johnson. Johnsons mother and father -- whose credibility was never challenged -- testified he was home when the victim was raped.
Think he got acquitted? Now, theres a do Rockefellers eat welfare cheese? question if ever there was one. Of course he wasnt. That all-white jury in Clayton County convicted Johnson of rape. The judge sentenced him to life in prison.
In 1999, DNA evidence proved exactly what the state lab tech testified to in 1983: Johnson wasnt the man who committed the rape. Johnson was freed.
He recounts his experience in the 2003 book Exit To Freedom. There is one passage in his book that explains why Johnson spent 16 years in prison -- part of it spent working in putrid, vermin-infested Georgia swamps on sweltering summer days -- while those poor, oppressed Duke lacrosse players have been walking around free on bail.
I need people on the outside to be convinced of my cause, Johnson wrote, to have faith in justice and to find the answers to vague questions of law and science. Johnson actually had two trials. The second was for a rape that occurred in Fulton County, Ga., at about the same time as the rape in Clayton County. The rapist in both cases had the same modus operandi and was believed to be the same guy. A jury with blacks on it acquitted Johnson of rape, but it had no impact on the Clayton County conviction. By the end of the second trial, Johnson said his familys financial resources were depleted.
So, Johnson wasted 16 years of his life in a Georgia prison until he hooked up with some folks from the Innocence Project. By 1999, DNA science had developed to the point where Johnson could prove -- for, in essence, the second time -- that he was innocent.
Think of what may have happened if Johnsons family had been able to afford the best lawyers after his second trial. Think what may have happened if Johnson had the benefit of prominent newspaper columnists and radio and television talk-show hosts proclaiming his innocence at every opportunity.
Think, in other words, what may have happened if Johnson had the benefits and advantages of those three Duke lacrosse players. Theyre out on bail and will never do time. Compared to Johnson, theyve gotten off damned easy.
Those who continue to defend them can holla at me after theyve done 16 years on a jive humble charge.
Nifong's real mistake was picking on white boys of means.
Tell me again how the law applies evenly to the high and the low of society?
Sorry Kane, completely irrelevant. Any injustice done to your guy doesn't justify what happened to the Dukies.
To use your own words, "cry me a river."
So the author, Gregory Kane, thinks it is justifiable that innocent white men were being charged with rape, since it was a "payback" for someone else's false conviction? Gregory Kane is a racist, pure and simple.
He's an Idiot. The racism stuff is incidental to being stupid.
"Nobody feels sorry for these rich white boys. Even if they didn't rape her, they need to be punished as payback for their ancestors raping black slave women hundreds of years ago. It's only fair."
Man, this guy is really disappointed that the charges weren't true. He'd be happy to see a black woman raped by white guys if it furthered his grievance-driven agenda. What a prince.
How did they "get off easy?"
They were falsely accused by a woman and their lives have been wrecked, all because a prosecuter wanted to get re-elected. I feel bad for Calvin Johnson but just because he was shafted doesn't mean these boys should pay for it.
The author of this article should have written about how both DA's abused their power to railroad innocent people, that's the real issue. The author should be happy that these three boys didn't suffer the same fate as Calvin Johnson... but he's not because race is coloring his judgement.
I thought this writer was going to bring up the earlier names of people this same stripper claimed raped her in previous years.
Instead he plays the race card and says "good" that some Americans had their civil rights violated and their lives trashed (it has set back their educational path).
He clearly does not like white people if he can say "good".
Sure. Just like setting OJ free was "payback".
The answer is to fight injustice...not propagate it.
"a village is missing an idiot" ping
Kane is an insult to his race, and should be ashamed of himself and his blatant racism.
That's liberal logic for you. It happened to some black guy 23 years ago, so it's okay if it happens to whitey.
A blatantly racist website. Lovely.
Why stop there? Why shouldn't the author advocate lynching them? Tar and feathering in the media is enough?
Eye for an eye justice and all that. Sins of the forefathers...
Ping for your black conservative list, should you deem it worthy.