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12-22-06, 03:01 PM #1
DUKE rape charges dropped
Update on the Duke lacrosse rape fiasco...
Rape Charges Dropped in Duke Case
Friday, December 22, 2006 1:40 PM EST
The Associated Press
By AARON BEARD
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors dropped rape charges Friday against three Duke University lacrosse players accused of attacking a stripper at a team party, but the three still face kidnapping and sexual offense charges.
According to court papers filed Friday by District Attorney Mike Nifong, the accuser told a prosecution investigator on Thursday that she now does not know if she was penetrated during the alleged attack.
Nifong had previously said he would rely on the woman's account because of a lack of DNA evidence against the players.
Lacking any "scientific or other evidence independent of the victim's testimony" to corroborate that aspect of the case, Nifong wrote, "the State is unable to meet its burden of proof with respect to this offense."
Nifong did not immediately return calls seeking comment Friday, and a sign posted on his office door read, "No media, please!"
The accuser, a 28-year-old student at North Carolina Central University, has said three men raped her in a bathroom at a March 13 Duke lacrosse team party where she was hired to perform as a stripper.
The indicted players — Dave Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann — all say they are innocent, and their attorneys have consistently said no sex occurred at the party.
The defense attorneys have repeatedly cited a lack of DNA evidence in the case as proof of their clients' innocence, while Nifong had said he didn't need DNA evidence to win convictions.
"It's highly coincidental," said defense attorney Joseph Cheshire, that the charges are being dropped a week after the director of a private DNA testing lab acknowledged that he initially, with Nifong's knowledge, withheld from the defense test results showing none of the players' DNA was found on or in the accuser's body.
Testing also showed that genetic material from several males was found on her undergarments and body.
"The reality is, what else could the DA do?" said Stan Goldman, who teaches criminal law, evidence and criminal procedure at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "Once the DNA evidence came out last week, I can't imagine how they could sustain a rape charge."
That the accuser had again changed her story hurts Nifong's case on the other charges, as well, Goldman said.
"It strikes me that a case based on this particular complaining witnesses' credibility appears to be in jeopardy," he said.
Defense attorneys have said for months that the woman has told several different versions of the alleged assault, and Seligmann's attorney has said she has given investigators at least a dozen different versions of the alleged attack.
The defense also has argued that the woman misidentified her alleged attackers in a photo lineup and they have asked the judge to prevent the accuser from identifying the players from the witness stand."
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12-22-06, 03:11 PM #2
The alleged victim changes her story about as often as I log onto LEF... everyday! If I say anymore I'll just end up in trouble.
12-22-06, 03:20 PM #3
This kind of thing does no good for the real cases.
We are the thin blue line
and all the money in the world.
And no you can't have any.
12-22-06, 03:42 PM #4
I'm speaking about the alleged victim in this case particularly, but IMO anyone that files false rape charges should be given the same sentence a rapist would get.The virtue of spirit has no need for thanks or approval. Only the certain conviction that what has been done is right. -Jor El, as played by Marlon Brando
12-22-06, 10:29 PM #5
Both the fake victim and the DA ought to receive prison sentences. There was never any real evidence, even when the fake victim had a good story."I'm not a coward,
I've just never been tested
I'd like to think that if I was,
I would pass"
~Mighty Mighty Bosstones~
12-22-06, 11:24 PM #6
The DA is the one who should be held accountable, he KNEW there was no DNA linking the accused, hell he even told the lap to with-hold that evidence. All to get re-elected...what a waste of oxygen
12-23-06, 02:11 PM #7
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