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Duke Lacrosse Case: America's Top Sex Crimes Expert Cites Serious Problems
ABC ^ | 3/31/07

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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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: dukelax

1 posted on 03/21/2007 5:27:46 PM PDT by CondorFlight
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To: CondorFlight

bad link!!


2 posted on 03/21/2007 5:28:56 PM PDT by Enchante (Joe Wilson: "DUH...What do you mean there is uranium smuggling from DR Congo?")
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To: Enchante

Easily fixed:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/print?id=2971265


3 posted on 03/21/2007 5:32:56 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: CondorFlight

"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


4 posted on 03/21/2007 5:36:17 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy ( for those in Rio Linda, there's Conservapedia)
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To: proxy_user
Thanks.....

This part is easy to explain, LIEfong wanted to railroad these guys and it would not have been possible had he devoted the most miniscule due diligence to the case:

"For Fairstein, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong's biggest mistake in his handling of the case was a lack of tough questions — and a lack of effort to ask them. Nifong's first known meeting with the accuser was at least nine months after her initial accusations. "There's no excuse for the way this prosecution has proceeded," she said. "The shocking aspect of that to me is that Nifong only met with her once or twice. He himself had not done a sit down interview once he learned that the initial allegations seemed to be inconsistent."
5 posted on 03/21/2007 5:37:18 PM PDT by Enchante (Joe Wilson: "DUH...What do you mean there is uranium smuggling from DR Congo?")
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To: CondorFlight

bump


6 posted on 03/21/2007 5:42:35 PM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

LOL - that about sums this up for the Fong.


7 posted on 03/21/2007 5:45:47 PM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: CondorFlight

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 “WE’RE 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)
Maffitt, Kenneth(History)
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 (Women’s Studies)
Pebles-Wilkins, Wilma
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 (Women’s 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.


8 posted on 03/21/2007 5:47:39 PM PDT by UglyinLA
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To: UglyinLA

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.


9 posted on 03/21/2007 5:56:01 PM PDT by rickdylan
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To: UglyinLA

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"

As expected.


10 posted on 03/21/2007 5:57:05 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: abb; abner; Alia; AmishDude; AntiGuv; BerniesFriend; beyondashadow; Bitter Bierce; bjc; ...

DukeLax Ping!!!


11 posted on 03/21/2007 5:58:56 PM PDT by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Howlin

You really need an expert to come to this conclusion?


12 posted on 03/21/2007 6:03:43 PM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: the Real fifi

Evidently somebody does, really, really dense people, I guess..........LOL.


13 posted on 03/21/2007 6:06:23 PM PDT by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: UglyinLA

Also President Brodhead is to blame.


14 posted on 03/21/2007 6:10:02 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Dante3

Duke University behaved very badly in this and I see no great changes there afterwards. Very shameful performance by a very overrated University.


15 posted on 03/21/2007 6:11:38 PM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: rickdylan

"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."


Bulls-eye.

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.



16 posted on 03/21/2007 6:12:55 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: UglyinLA
It would be interesting to see how ABC News handled the charges when they were first brought out and in the following months. I bet they were on the guilty band wagon and contributed to the hysteria.
17 posted on 03/21/2007 6:14:12 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: UglyinLA

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.


18 posted on 03/21/2007 6:15:59 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Howlin
Fairstein is batting 100% in her points in this article.

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.

19 posted on 03/21/2007 6:19:35 PM PDT by Alia
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To: Parley Baer
It would be interesting to see how ABC News handled the charges when they were first brought out and in the following months. I bet they were on the guilty band wagon and contributed to the hysteria.

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.

20 posted on 03/21/2007 6:24:39 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (Go Gators! NCAA Football and Basketball Champions!)
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To: EyeGuy

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.


21 posted on 03/21/2007 6:29:30 PM PDT by rickdylan
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To: Dante3

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."


22 posted on 03/21/2007 6:29:41 PM PDT by UglyinLA
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To: UglyinLA
I recall when O'Reilly tried to interview those gang of 88. None agreed, showed one of them running from him.
23 posted on 03/21/2007 6:32:09 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Dante3

His name belongs at the top of the list. Disgraceful.


24 posted on 03/21/2007 6:38:31 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (...what I was born to do, don't have to think it through.....)
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To: UglyinLA
LIST OF INDIVIDUAL NAMES (The Duped 88) IN SUPPORT OF THE “WE’RE LISTENING”

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...

25 posted on 03/21/2007 6:43:49 PM PDT by Illuminatas (Being conservative means never having to say; "Don't you dare question my patriotism")
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To: EyeGuy
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.

What a true statement!

26 posted on 03/21/2007 6:45:04 PM PDT by T Ruth (Islam shall be defeated.)
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To: the Real fifi
You really need an expert to come to this conclusion?

Sometimes being an expert is pretty damn easy.

27 posted on 03/21/2007 6:45:19 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Enchante

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.


28 posted on 03/21/2007 7:07:53 PM PDT by JLS
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To: CondorFlight
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.

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.

29 posted on 03/21/2007 7:12:21 PM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: the Real fifi
Very shameful performance by a very overrated University

And way overpriced.

It's about time people start voting with their pocketbooks on these scams called "elite" universities.

30 posted on 03/21/2007 7:15:39 PM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: UglyinLA
A memorial with the names of the Duke 88 should be erected in the center of the McClendon Commons...

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.

31 posted on 03/21/2007 7:25:09 PM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: UglyinLA
Brod Dickhead has been a rotting fish for a long time. He stood by and even gave support to a legal lynching of a professor when he was Dean of Students at Yale, and he continued that pattern here.

Make no mistake, despite his great efforts to seem fair and even-handed with this matter, he is just another of the Gang of 88. He shares their every ideal.
32 posted on 03/21/2007 7:32:54 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Ditto

Yup, all they need is a black jury and those boys could still go to jail.


33 posted on 03/21/2007 7:48:04 PM PDT by Pete98 (After his defeat by the Son of God, Satan changed his name to Allah and started over.)
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To: Ditto

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.


34 posted on 03/21/2007 9:36:04 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell
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To: F.J. Mitchell

I like your idea even better.


35 posted on 03/22/2007 5:25:39 AM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: Howlin; everyone
*******PING EVERYONE!!!******

PER FOX NEWS!!!!!3/22/07ALL CHARGES MAY BE DROPPED AS EARLY AS TOMORROW!!!..FOR THE 3 ACCUSED YOUNG MEN!!!!!!!!!!!WOOO HOOOO!!

36 posted on 03/22/2007 7:02:29 AM PDT by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President, 2008!!)
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To: Guenevere

wahooo....I hope the prosecutor gets "Nifonged"


37 posted on 03/22/2007 7:06:13 AM PDT by evad
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To: CondorFlight

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.


38 posted on 03/22/2007 7:21:03 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

There may be good news as early as tomorrow? maybe our prayers have been answered?


39 posted on 03/22/2007 7:37:46 AM PDT by Neverforget01
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To: Neverforget01

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.


40 posted on 03/22/2007 7:47:15 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Neverforget01

I hope so. I pray for justice. For ALL involved.


41 posted on 03/22/2007 7:51:48 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (...what I was born to do, don't have to think it through.....)
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To: Sue Perkick

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.


42 posted on 03/22/2007 8:52:46 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: CondorFlight
In the meantime, as this case drags along, the trial date for Mike Nifong has been set for June 12. It's remarkable how swiftly justice moves when those in power want it to move.
43 posted on 03/24/2007 8:03:30 AM PDT by Nomorjer Kinov (If the opposite of "pro" is "con" , what is the opposite of progress?)
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