Before Duke suspended its men's lacrosse team's season, she sarcastically noted on the air, "I'm so glad they didn't miss a lacrosse game over a little thing like gang rape!" On January 3, 2007, Brodhead invited Seligmann and Finnerty back to Duke as students in good standing even though they still faced charges. When the prosecutors went forward, they clearly have said this girl is the victim, so why would we be trying the victim?" Why don't we just all move to Nazi Germany, where we don't have a justice system and a jury of one's peers? (Not all Duke faculty members have been so slavish in their adherence to the Gospel of Houston Baker and Mike Nifong; I have received one email from the wife of a Duke faculty member who believes that Mangum’s charges are nonsense, but it seems that the sane and reasoned voices at Duke have pretty much been silenced by those who believe that charges, no matter how ridiculous, always are true, at least if the people being charged fall into a "politically incorrect" category.). When O'Reilly mentioned recent news reports that DNA testing had failed to match any of the defendants, Sharpton said, "I think that all of the facts that you have laid out the DA had — and I know this DA is probably not one that is crazy. First, they must deflect public attention from their boorish, racist, and illegal behavior by mounting outlandish attacks on the survivor and the D.A. Once the facts took the turn they did in December, then we had to rebalance those things. ", Later, Brodhead apologized to the lacrosse players and their families for the university's "failure to reach out" in a "time of extraordinary peril. More than three dozen current and former Duke lacrosse players plan to file a federal lawsuit today against the university, the city of Durham and others involved in the case. He said Duke has joined other colleges and universities in the "blind-eying of male athletes, veritably given license to rape, maraud, deploy hate speech, and feel proud of themselves in the bargain." The Times story further indicated that "there is also a body of evidence to support [Nifong's] decision to take the matter to a jury. 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Finnerty, Seligmann), NPR: Duke Lacrosse Players Arrested on Rape Charges, Collected stories from The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer, Actual McFadyen email from The Smoking Gun, Viewing the case in a larger jurisprudential context, Analysis of evidence, media coverage, and prosecutorial misconduct, by William L. Anderson of, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Reactions_to_the_Duke_lacrosse_case&oldid=961990957, Articles with dead external links from June 2016, Articles with dead external links from March 2016, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 11 June 2020, at 13:55. She was at first unable to select the attackers from a collection of photos of lacrosse team members, then later claimed to be nearly certain about photos she'd bypassed before, photos of men who differed significantly from her initial descriptions of the perpetrators. At an event outside a house rented by several lacrosse team members, organized by a visiting instructor in English Department, protesters held signs reading, "It’s Sunday morning, time to confess." Soon after the indictment, as the Duke …  The committees have been criticized by some observers, including KC Johnson, former student president Elliott Wolf (offered a seat in the Campus Culture Initiative), and the Chronicle, since it was chaired by several Group of 88 members such as Anne Allison, Karla FC Halloway, and lacrosse critics Prasad Kasibhatla and Peter Wood. " in April 2006 and "The Administration's Mismanagement of Lacrosse" in October 2006), Dr. Baldwin strongly criticized the administration's handling of the case, especially with respect to Coach Mike Pressler. , The day after DNA results came back negative, Nifong and other city officials such as Durham Mayor Bill Bell spoke at a community forum on April 12, 2006, on violence against women at N.C. Central, where the accuser was a student. Richard H. Brodhead, president of Duke University, was quoted by WRAL-TV as saying to the Durham Chamber of Commerce on April 20, 2006, "If our students did what is alleged, it is appalling to the worst degree. Certainly, they deserve to be compensated for their ordeal, but the $30 million lawsuit they subsequently filed against Durham (on top of the undisclosed but probable $20 million they received from Duke) exacerbated the town-and-gown friction in Durham. Nevertheless, Nifong made countless appearances before the press, relaying Mangum's tale of lurid and hateful abuse at the hands of young athletes who already had a reputation around town for getting away with fratty excesses. In other words, the local activists suddenly decided that a person’s right to mount a vigorous defense should be denied. It would be justice for things that happened in the past. Instead, they hire them lawyers to trash the victim and the prosecutor. Undaunted by the lack of DNA evidence, CNN's Paula Zahn insisted that "the DA would not be proceeding with this case if he didn't believe that this alleged victim had been raped." After the defense began to lay out documentation questioning the charges, the NAACP demanded that lawyers be gagged from making further statements. Copyright © 2019 Salon.com, LLC. Not only did they get away with repeated incidents of drunk and disorderly behavior, but they so dominated the university's social life that, as one Durham journalist memorably put it, parents were shelling out "close to a quarter of million dollars, no bargain, for a jock-dominated sex zoo where Junior can play Hugh Hefner to a hutchful of willing bunnies with high SATs.". Washington Post columnist Mike Wise wrote "[I]t's hard to embrace everyone as a victim. Among the conclusions of the Group-chaired committees was shared governance of athletics by faculty members, and required classes for students by Group members. He continued that the "...fantasy's as old as slave masters impregnating young slave girls [...] The character of this thing is chilling [and] [s]omething happened that everybody's ashamed of..." Defense attorney Joe Cheshire found Jackson's comment about "slave masters" odd because the players did not ask for black strippers. Duke up, Central down." With all due respect to those 'INNOCENT' bracelets worn around Durham this year, this isn't "To Kill a Mockingbird II. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. "They don't really have a chance to play their season, which is a shame. ", Brodhead appointed Duke Law Professor, James Earl Coleman, Jr., to head the committee to examine the lacrosse team's culture. , On December 20, 2006, Brodhead stated that "the DA's case will be on trial just as much as our students will be. Also in the report, while it was stated that the rates of alcohol abuse for the lacrosse team were higher than most other Duke athletic teams, "their conduct has not been different in character than the conduct of the typical Duke student who abuses alcohol. The shame of this is unconscionable. The case attracted widespread media attention almost from the moment it became public. The Duke lacrosse players did not commit a crime in Durham; they were the victims of a crime (several crimes in fact: false accusations, and much more). Suspect Still At Large, Business Owners Boarding Up in Case Party of Love and Tolerance Loses, ‘Fire Fauci!’ – Trump Rally Explodes Over Coronavirus Doom And Gloomer, Leaked Zoom Calls: Federal Workers Conspiring to Shut Down White House in Contested Election, Election Special Part 3: How The Bipartisan Swamp Is Engineering Election Chaos In Philadelphia, Biden-Harris Favor National Lockdown; Rebellion Will Result.