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Duke lacrosse alleged rape case gets more interesting
05-03-2006, 10:39 AM
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Duke lacrosse alleged rape case gets more interesting
Duke Lacrosse Player Speaks OutEyewitness News Exclusive
By Darla Miles
(05/02/06 -- DURHAM) - A Duke lacrosse player is breaking his silence exclusively with ABC11 Eyewitness News.

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It is the first on-camera interview with a Duke lacrosse player since the story of the alleged rape broke. The player, who did not want his identity revealed, said there was no rape at the March 13 party and is defending the coach and the team.
Says Duke officials abandoned team
The player says Duke University officials turned their backs on the team.
"From the get-go, we've only had each other to fall back on," he said. "We've been convicted in the media. Our university turned its back on us...They didn't stand up for us. We feel neglected, and we feel that our loyalty to the university wasn't reciprocated."

He said the allegations have brought players closer together.

"We've stayed strong for this, and we still have each other. We'll be best friends for life," he said.

Coach 'was forced out'
The team was on its way to the national championship when the rape investigation began and Coach Mike Pressler resigned.
"He didn't resign. He was forced out," the player said. "The notion that he quit or resigned is ridiculous."

The player talked about a committee's report, released Monday, that detailed issues with the lacrosse team's culture and previous reports of misconduct.

"As the report shows, there was a clearly a disconnect between student affairs and the athletic department and [Pressler] took the fall for a lot of things he didn't know about. They said that he fostered an atmosphere with his behavior, and that's not true at all. All the incidents he knew about, he dealt with," he said.

Certain that rape didn't happen
The player said he was 100-percent certain that a rape did not happen.
"From the beginning, it was rape and these guys did this and this definitely happened, but only now do you see that there are two sides of the story," he said.

He said the day two players were arrested was the "most emotional day of my life." He worries about a third indictment.

"I just pray [Nifong] doesn't go through with it, that he doesn't indict another innocent person," the player said. "We're all anxious, because even if it's not me, it's going to be somebody else, who I care about."

The player is upset with the way District Attorney Mike Nifong has handled the investigation.

"I wish he hadn't said the DNA was going to exclude innocent parties. Because in our minds, we thought this was all going to come back negative and this is going to be over. So from our perspective, we thought this was going to be over, and from the communities perspective, they thought they were going to get three guilty parties. And neither came back," he said.
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05-09-2006, 09:00 AM
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Duke lacrosse alleged rape case gets more interesting
How about this for her credibility..she originally said she was raped by 20!
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke's response to rape allegations involving members of the men's lacrosse team was too slow and relied too heavily on secondhand information, a report commissioned by the university has found.

That included assertions by Durham police that the accuser "kept changing her story and was not credible," the report released Monday said. Relying on such opinion, the report said, was a mistake.

The day after the March 13 team party where a 27-year-old black woman claimed she was raped, Durham police told campus officers that "this will blow over," the report said. The woman initially told police she was raped by 20 white men, then said she was attacked by three, the report said.

Police told Duke officers that if any charges were filed, "they would be no more than misdemeanors," the report said.

But more than a month after the party, a grand jury indicted two team members on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual assault. District Attorney Mike Nifong has said he hopes to charge a third person.

The rape allegations also led the school to cancel the highly ranked lacrosse team's season and accept the resignation of coach Mike Pressler.

The report — commissioned by Duke's president and prepared by two former heads of universities — does not say who at the Durham Police Department cast doubt on the accuser's complaint, but said taking those comments at face value and allowing them to shape Duke's thinking "was a major mistake."

Nifong and Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael declined to comment on the report
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05-23-2006, 12:39 PM
Post: #93
Duke lacrosse alleged rape case gets more interesting
Case is falling apart for the poor D.A /cry
DURHAM, N.C. — The woman who has accused three members of the Duke University lacrosse team of raping her at an off-campus party told investigators several different stories about the night of the alleged incident, sources close to the defense team representing the players have told FOX News.

The differing accounts are included in the 1,300 pages of evidence delivered to defense lawyers last week by Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong, the sources said.

Nifong had no immediate comment on the information said to be included in the documents. The information also has not been verified by police sources.

Meanwhile, the Durham Herald Sun reported Tuesday that medical records of the 27-year-old accuser suggest she might not have been tested for drugs or alcohol, according to a defense filing Monday. Defense lawyers for suspect Reade Seligmann say they were not given any toxicology reports by Nifong.

Nifong told a local Durham radio station that he turned over all the evidence he has and that he will hand over any new information to the defense when he gets it.

Regarding the 1,300 pages of evidence, sources told FOX News that the accuser allegedly did not tell the officer who met her at a supermarket after responding to a 911 call that she had been raped. Later, the woman told a doctor at a mental health facility that she had been sexually assaulted. She later denied that claim to a police officer when she arrived at the Duke hospital for care.
At least two sources also said there may be a discrepancy in the number of men the accuser says were involved.

The woman also originally claimed that a second dancer who accompanied her to the party, Kim Roberts, was inside the bathroom during the alleged rape, the sources said. The accuser claims she was assaulted and sodomized in that bathroom for about a half an hour and that she tried to fend off her attackers.

When police asked Roberts whether she was in the room at the time, Roberts reportedly told police, "that's a crock."
Defense sources also say the accuser admitted to having had sexual intercourse with at least three men around the time of the alleged attack. According to those sources, when investigators questioned her after DNA tests on the semen found inside her body did not match any of the Duke players, the accuser gave police the name of her boyfriend and two men who drove her to her dancing engagements.
The drivers say in police statements that they brought the accuser to at least five separate gigs the weekend before the alleged attack, defense sources said.
According to the sources, the papers handed over by Nifong also reveal that the forensic nurse who did a gynecological exam on the accuser did not find abrasions, tears or bleeding in the ******l area, which is often present in forcible rapes. They say she did find swelling in the ******l area along with tenderness in the accuser's breasts and lower right quadrant.

Several people described the accuser as being severely impaired on the night of the incident, with one of the first police officers to see her describing her as "passed out drunk." But some have suggested she may have been given a date-rape drug. Nifong apparently hinted at this possibility in a story published in Newsweek earlier this month.

The Durham Herald Sun reported Tuesday that the nurse who filled out a report on the physical exam given to the accuser indicated no toxicology tests were performed, according to the defense motion filed Monday by Seligmann's lawyers.

The lawyers said no toxicology information was contained in the 1,278 pages of data Nifong gave them last week. But if such a report exists, the lawyers said they have a right to see it and asked a judge to force Nifong to turn it over.

Nifong declined to comment to The Herald-Sun on this information
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06-08-2006, 06:49 PM
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Duke lacrosse alleged rape case gets more interesting
Second dancer told police rape charge was a crock...that crooked DA should be charged with malpractice and wrongful prosecution
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06-12-2006, 09:12 AM
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Duke lacrosse alleged rape case gets more interesting
This DA looks worse and worse as the case falls apart
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