Duke Dudes In Cuffs
Jesse Jackson, who has already declared the entire team guilty, won't be happy but my guess is that they will walk. They won't walk because both of the hired strippers were black and they are white, they'll walk because of reasonable doubt, if they ever get to court.
A couple of the cops showed up on campus to talk to the accused, who were respesented but didn't have lawyers present. The DNA testing done was negative for any team member, and everyone at the party claims the stripper was already drunk when she showed up. And, supposedly the team has photos that show a timeline that blows up her story.
So why is this going forward, when it seems just from what's in the media that the case will end up a non-starter? One theory is that the DA, Mike Nifong, who is up for re-election, is looking for a high profile conviction to show he's tough. The fact that it's against some of the elite from Duke doesn't hurt the street cred of the DA, either.
The other reason it's going forward is Jesse Jackson and other prominent folks in the African American community have come forward to speak on behalf of the alleged victim. Even if the DA's case is as weak as the French economy the case would move, to keep the allegations of protecting rich white kids from coming up.
Do I think they are guilty? I don't have a clue, but if what's been leaked by the lawyers is true, I think that a conviction is going to be tough to get.
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