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Posted on 03/21/2007 5:27:46 PM PDT by CondorFlight
Duke Lacrosse Case: America's Top Sex Crimes Expert Cites Serious Problems Linda Fairstein Questions Whether Case Will Go Forward By LARA SETRAKIAN ABC News Law & Justice Unit
March 21, 2007 - With the Duke Lacrosse investigation in its final weeks Linda Fairstein, the former head of the Manhattan District Attorney's Sex Crimes Unit and one of the nation's leading experts on sex crimes, told ABC News that she would be shocked if the case went forward.
Having investigated and prosecuted thousands of rape cases, Fairstein has a unique ability to evaluate the strength of the case. A pioneer in the field and an advocate of victims' rights, Fairstein points to serious flaws in the investigation and evidence that have surfaced to date.
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"Despite the best that has been done by everyone, the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage..." Emperor Hirohito Aug. 15, 1945
LOL - that about sums this up for the Fong.
If I had to vote for the most despicable participant in this whole sham, it would have to be Nifong. What an ass.
Not far behind would be the accuser, Ms. Magnum.
and tied for 3rd would be these morons:
LIST OF INDIVIDUAL NAMES (The Duped 88)
IN SUPPORT OF THE WERE LISTENING
Abe, Stan (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies)
Albers, Benjamin (University Writing Program)
Allison, Anne (Cultural Anthropology)
Aravamudan, Srinivas (English)
Baker, Houston (English and AAAS)
Baker, Lee (Cultural Anthropology)
Beckwith, Sarah (English)
Berliner, Paul (Music)
Christina Beaule (University Writing Program)
Blackmore, Connie (AAAS)
Jessica Boa (Religion & University Writing Program)
Boatwright, Mary T. (Classical Studies)
Boero, Silvia (Romance Studies)
Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo (Sociology)
Brim, Matthew (University Writing Program)
Chafe, William (History)
Ching, Leo (Asian & African Languages and Literatures)
Coles, Rom (Political Science)
Cooke, Miriam (Asian & African Languages and Literatures)
Crichlow, Michaeline (AAAS)
Curtis, Kim (Political Science)
Damasceno, Leslie (Romance Studies)
Davidson, Cathy (English)
Deutsch, Sally (History)
Dorfman, Ariel (Literature & Latin American Stds.)
Edwards, Laura (History)
Farred, Grant (Literature)
Fellini, Luciana (Romance Studies)
Fulkerson, Mary McClintock (Divinity School)
Gabara, Esther (Romance Studies)
Gavins, Raymond (History)
Greer, Meg (Romance Studies)
Glymph, Thavolia (History)
Hardt, Michael (Literature)
Harris, Joseph (University Writing Program)
Holloway, Karla (English)
Holsey, Bayo (AAAS)
Hovsepian, Mary (Sociology)
James, Sherman (Public Policy)
Kaplan, Alice (Literature)
Khalsa, Keval Kaur (Dance Program)
Khanna, Ranjana (English)
King, Ashley (Romance Studies)
Koonz, Claudia (History)
Lasch, Peter (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies & Latino/a Studies)
Lee, Dan A. (Math)
Leighten, Pat (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies)
Lentricchia, Frank (Literature)
Light, Caroline (Inst. for Crit. U.S. Stds.)
Litle, Marcy (Comparative Area Studies)
Litzinger, Ralph (Cultural Anthropology)
Longino, Michele (Romance Studies)
Lubiano, Wahneema (AAAS and Literature)
Mahn, Jason (University Writing Program)
Makhulu, Anne-Maria (AAAS)
Mason, Lisa (Surgical Unit-2100)
McClain, Paula (Political Science)
Meintjes, Louise (Music)
Mignolo, Walter (Literature and Romance Studies)
Moreiras, Alberto (Romance Studies)
Neal, Mark Anthony (AAAS)
Nelson, Diane (Cultural Anthropology)
Olcott, Jolie (History)
Parades, Liliana (Romance Studies)
Payne, Charles (AAAS and History)
Pierce-Baker, Charlotte (Womens Studies)
Petters, Arlie (Math)
Plesser, Ronen (Physics)
Radway, Jan (Literature)
Rankin, Tom (Center for Documentary Studies)
Rego, Marcia (University Writing Program)
Reisinger, Deborah S. (Romance Studies)
Rosenberg, Alex (Philosophy)
Rudy, Kathy (Womens Studies)
Schachter, Marc (English)
Shannon, Laurie (English)
Sigal, Pete (History)
Silverblatt, Irene (Cultural Anthropology)
Somerset, Fiona (English)
Stein, Rebecca (Cultural Anthropology)
Thorne, Susan (History)
Viego, Antonio (Literature)
Vilaros, Teresa (Romance Studies)
Wald, Priscilla (English)
Wallace, Maurice (English and AAAS)
Wong, David (Philosophy)
A memorial with the names of the Duke 88 should be erected in the center of the McClendon Commons to serve as both a reminder that these faculty members failed to demostrate the most basic premise of our judicial system, innocent until proven guilty.
To my thinking the biggest villain in this whole picture is the ordinary racist idiot living in or around Durham NC who was part of the 95% black vote which returned the Fong to office after the parameters of this story were fairly well known. Duke needs to get rid of Brodhead and the 88 super losers, and then move. No parent in his right mind would send a kid to ANY school within 30 miles of Durham NC at this point.
Yes, the race-baiting Magnum is correctly placed, just under Nifong in the cavalcade of corruption. Too many, for various weak reasons, want to give her a pass.
Well, well...not much hard science, business, mathematics or technology amongst those ProfessorLosers of the We-Hate-White-Christian-Males 88"
You really need an expert to come to this conclusion?
Evidently somebody does, really, really dense people, I guess..........LOL.
Also President Brodhead is to blame.
Duke University behaved very badly in this and I see no great changes there afterwards. Very shameful performance by a very overrated University.
"To my thinking the biggest villain in this whole picture is the ordinary racist idiot living in or around Durham NC who was part of the 95% black vote which returned the Fong to office after the parameters of this story were fairly well known."
I have been saying this all along. While Nifong grossly and repeatedly abused his power, and should not only be disbarred but jailed, his heinous actions were driven by his correct perception of the political capital to be gained by going after white boys....especially "rich" white boys from Duke. The racist environment of Durham is the fuel that made this whole thing go.
"Duke needs to get rid of Brodhead and the 88 super losers, and then move."
Won't happen, but if you want to see a weak, quivering academic melting under even a tiny bit of pressure, catch the coward Brodhead on a replay of his 60 Minutes appearance from a couple of months ago. I doubt he has been able to form a solid stool since.
"No parent in his right mind would send a kid to ANY school within 30 miles of Durham NC at this point."
For a variety of reasons, at this time, no parent in his right mind should send their child to ANY of the "elite" American universities.
Along with a notation that the President of the University at the time, Dick Brodhead, was exited from the scene for the lack of leadership he showed during the time.
But she shoots herself and her points in the foot with this quote: "Whatever the outcome, Fairstein worries about the impact of the Duke lacrosse case on rape prosecutions around the country. Her concern is that the high-profile investigation will inhibit aggressive prosecution of sexual assault cases. "If there is a dismissal there will be many more people who encounter rape in the future with greater skepticism. It will reinforce the stereotype that many of these rapes are false reports."
Her overall is that Nifong didn't do his job; wouldn't do the hard work. 30 years, I've seen far too many prosecutors not do the hard work operating on the feminist agenda mantra of "two legs good, three legs bad and guilty".
Aggressive prosecution of sexual assault cases isn't JUST for those asserting they'd been raped.
I was frankly surprised at her closing sentences in this articles. It's so darned at odds with the very clear assertions she'd made previous.
You'd win that bet. Every single DBM outlet jumped right on the Fong bandwagon - according to them, we didn't need no stinkin' trial. Three rich white boys raped a poor black working girl trying to feed her family, so save the tax money and get the rope. To be fair, ABC wasn't the worst or shrillest of them - that would have been Nancy Grace at CNN and Kimberly Guilfoyle at Fox. But ABC was all too happy to follow the lead of these two shrews and pile on.
Don't bet on this one, one way or the other, anything could happen. Both Duke University and the city of Durham are facing legal liabilities big enough to shut them down and that opens doors to a lot of possible outcomes.
Dante3 wrote: Also President Brodhead is to blame.
Oh yeah, forgot about that dumbass.
He is living proof of that adage, that a "fish rots from the head"... or in this case, "that a fish rots from the Brodhead."
His name belongs at the top of the list. Disgraceful.
I am proud to say that there were only 4 hard science prof's on that list of idiots and bigots. Let's hear it for rational thinking...
What a true statement!
Sometimes being an expert is pretty damn easy.
Nifong was in way over his head from the start. My belief is that he:
1. First thought a rape had happened.
2. Then when the DNA came back, tried to hide evidence get an indictment to see him through the primary.
3. He knew there was no crime but figure they would have to take it and probably planned to dismiss the charges after he was safely elected.
4. The families of course were NOT about to take it.
5. Then Nifong felt he could not drop the charges because he knew these families were after him, well before the 60 minutes segment when it was made clear to everyone.
6. And this article is the latest example how much more savy these families are than Nifong.
7. Finally this whole case shows why prosecutors don't go after people of means and people without prior records unless they have the goods on them. People with something to lose can and will fight back.
If she were an expert on the racial politics game, she wouldn't be so damn shocked.
Facts have nothing to do with this case. Just ask the Rev's Jackson & Sharpton. Those rich white boys did it --- even if they didn't.
And way overpriced.
It's about time people start voting with their pocketbooks on these scams called "elite" universities.
I vote for a bronze oak tree with three nooses and all the 88 names of the lynch mob engraved on the trunk.
I'll pitch in a donation for the memorial.
Yup, all they need is a black jury and those boys could still go to jail.
I suggest a bronze simulated fire hydrant engraved with the names of the infamous 88,placed in the center of a designated dog walking area.
I like your idea even better.
PER FOX NEWS!!!!!3/22/07ALL CHARGES MAY BE DROPPED AS EARLY AS TOMORROW!!!..FOR THE 3 ACCUSED YOUNG MEN!!!!!!!!!!!WOOO HOOOO!!
wahooo....I hope the prosecutor gets "Nifonged"
I check in every morning before I start my work. I read the entire article posted. Started to well up. I realize now I am not alone -- there is sanity out there. Thank you.
There may be good news as early as tomorrow? maybe our prayers have been answered?
Dear Friend, it won't be the first prayer I've had answered (it's one of many, many), but there has never been one since my prayer for the ability to have a child that I have prayed as fervently or as diligently. He does hear and answer.
I hope so. I pray for justice. For ALL involved.
Well, I hope so too.
Friday seems to be the day in this case for big news.
I have to wonder what they were at 610 for, though.