The Duke lacrosse players had their problems, but their accuser has bigger ones with her credibility. You won’t find this on the front pages of the major dailies.
The worst worsens
By Thomas Sowell
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
…After all this time, it finally came out in court last week that the DNA samples collected from the underwear and private parts of the alleged victim contained DNA from other men — but none from the Duke lacrosse players who were accused of raping her.
The head of the DNA testing laboratory testified in court under oath that both he and Nifong knew this and kept it secret.
You think that is incredible? How about a statement made afterwards by District Attorney Nifong that he didn’t say anything about this publicly because he was “trying to avoid dragging any names through the mud”?…(Full Story)
F4L: It appears that the rape trial of the Duke Lacrosse Players will still go ahead in the spring of 2007. There is no information as to whether the woman who claimed to have been raped has been or will be indicted for making false rape allegations.
Update 2009 01 02: Jim Kouri, fifth vice-president of the US National Association of Chiefs of Police, wrote (in “Duke Rape Case All Too Common” 2006 12 06, American Chronicle):
Zepezauer concludes his indepth study with this: “Believing the self-proclaimed victim of sexual misconduct has thus evolved from ideological conviction to legal doctrine and, in some jurisdictions, into law. California now requires that jurors be explicitly told that a rape conviction can be based on the accuser’s testimony alone, without corroboration. Canada is proposing that a man accused of rape must demonstrate that he received the willing consent of a sexual partner.”
The studies cited by Frank Zepezauer correlate with this writer’s experiences working on sex crimes case in New York. I found that about half of the cases were false complaints and, in fact, during intense interviewing, the women sometimes freely admitted and rationalized the bogus complaints.
The current case of the Duke University Three, who are facing rape charges based solely on the word of an intoxicated stripper and prostitute, is a perfect example of the dynamic of politics and political correctness outweighing justice.
This is an unjust situation we face within our justice system. False charges of rape hurt women who are indeed victims of predators, and they hurt men, such as the Duke lacrosse players who have had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend themselves against a woman who will pay little if anything for her deception.
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