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04-18-2006, 07:12 AM
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Duke lacrosse alleged rape case gets more interesting
[COLOR="Purple"][SIZE="3"]Arrests follow sealed indictments relating to rape allegations at team party[/SIZE]

DURHAM, N.C. - Police took two Duke University lacrosse players into custody early Tuesday morning, a jail official said. The arrests came a day after two team members were indicted under seal and more than a month after a stripper told police she was raped at a team party.

They have been charged with rape, sexual offense and kidnapping, an official said.

“Today, two young men have been charged with crimes they did not commit,” attorney Robert Ekstrand said in a statement on Monday. “This is a tragedy. For the two young men, an ordeal lies ahead. ... They are both innocent.”

Ekstrand, who represents dozens of players, did not say which players were indicted or what charges they faced.

The grand jury adjourned around 2 p.m. Monday, handing up indictments a short time later to Superior Court Judge Ronald Stephens. A filing at the courthouse said the judge had sealed at least one indictment, citing a state law that allows an indictment to be “kept secret until the defendant is arrested or appears before the court.”

Bathroom attack
A 27-year-old black woman told police she was attacked March 13 by three white men in a bathroom at a party held by the lacrosse team.

The racially charged allegations have led to near daily protest rallies. The school canceled the highly ranked team’s season and accepted the resignation of coach Mike Pressler after the release of a vulgar and graphic e-mail that was sent by a team member shortly after the alleged assault.

An attorney for Ryan McFadyen, the player who sent the e-mail, said his client was not among those indicted.

“I’ve heard there were two sealed indictments returned,” Glen Bachman said, declining to say who told him about the indictments. “Nobody’s called me specifically and said you need to have your client here in the morning. I think you guys will know what you need to know” on Tuesday.


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Butch Williams, who represents team captain Dan Flannery, also said prosecutors told him that his client was not among those charged.

Defense attorneys have urged District Attorney Mike Nifong to drop the case, saying DNA tests failed to connect any of the 46 team members tested to the alleged victim.

Nifong has said 75 percent to 80 percent of rape prosecutions lack DNA evidence. According to court records, a medical examination of the woman found injuries consistent with rape.

There were numerous conferences involving defense lawyers and members of the district attorney’s office in hallways of the courthouse Monday morning. At several points during the day, Nifong declined to comment when asked about the case.

At Duke, the university’s chief spokesman said the school knew little about what had taken place in court.

“We are aware that the district attorney made a presentation to the grand jury today, but we have no knowledge about the contents of his presentation,” said John F. Burness, senior vice president for public affairs and government relations.

ID'd by dancer
Earlier, the exotic dancer identified two players with 100 percent certainty and a third at 90 percent as having raped her at a party last month, ABC News reported Monday, citing what Durham County prosecutors told the players' attorneys.

ABC News also obtained an audio recording in which a female security guard, who possibly was the first person to see the alleged victim, said she did not mention anything about a rape and that there were no signs that a sexual assault occurred.

"There ain't no way she was raped — ain't no way, no way that happened," the guard purportedly tells a private investigator in the recording, ABC News reported. The guard had called 911, after which police found the alleged victim at a grocery store parking lot, where the guard was working.

The tape was recorded April 3, three weeks after the alleged sexual assault, ABC News reported. On the tape, the guard says she called 911 after a driver of a car entered the grocery store and said that a woman — the alleged victim — refused to get out of her car.

The guard said the driver said she picked up the alleged victim, whom she had never met, after hearing people yell racial slurs at her as she was walking down the street, ABC News reported.

The guard further says on the tape that she smelled alcohol on the driver , but not the alleged victim, and that the alleged victim was unable to talk, ABC News said.
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04-18-2006, 12:17 PM
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04-18-2006, 05:47 PM
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or sounds like no one gives an f.

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04-18-2006, 05:54 PM
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Why don't they publish the ladys name ?

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04-18-2006, 06:22 PM
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ROLLTIDE Wrote:Why don't they publish the ladys name ?
privacy and security reasons, I'd imagine

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04-18-2006, 06:26 PM
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Her name should be posted just like the guys names are . What does she have to hide ? The 2 guys that got charged had to pay 400 k to get out of jail lives are messed up regardless if they are inocent or guilty.

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04-18-2006, 06:27 PM
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ROLLTIDE Wrote:Why don't they publish the ladys name ?

I think anytime there's a sexual assault, the say "because the nature of the crime, the victims name's being withheld". It protects the privacy of the victim. Who wants everyone to know that happened to her, ya know.?.

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04-18-2006, 06:31 PM
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Then don't publish the guys name either. Even in the Kobe Bryant case they never used her name. No DNA evidence and they arrest these 2 guys ? One 0f these young men was even seen on ATM video cam . Something is very fishy about this case .

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04-18-2006, 08:17 PM
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She is a victim.

If it was your daughter...would you want her name all over the media?

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04-18-2006, 08:24 PM
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I don't think that she is a victim . Her story just doesn't add up

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