April 10, 2006

Durham Bull?

I've refrained from making any comment on the Duke University lacrosse team rape allegations, for the simple reason I tend to blog about politics and the media, not criminal proceedings. That does not mean I've been ignoring the case, however, and I've been quite interested in seeing what the DNA tests of the lacrosse team would reveal.

It revealed nothing.

Wade Smith, an attorney for members of the Duke University lacrosse team, announced late Monday afternoon that no DNA samples taken from the 46 athletes matched any DNA on the alleged victim and that he hopes Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong will consider dropping the case.

Nothing on the victim's skin. Nothing on the victim's clothes. Nothing on internal swabs of the victim's mouth, anus, or vagina. Nothing on her fake fingernails found in the bathroom. Nothing, anywhere. Nothing.

The local and national media have been on something of a witch hunt against the lacrosse team from the very beginning, painting a picture of spoiled rich kids abusing a girl working her way through college any way she could. That narrative presented by the media seems all but shattered now.

Once again, a witch hunt provides no witches, and the prosecution's case seems reduced to so much Durham bull. And yet, I doubt we'll hear anything in the way of media apologies...

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 10, 2006 05:31 PM | TrackBack

Why would the LSM print any kind of correction to their tribal positions of whites (Republicans) oppress blacks? You'd never catch a bunch of hard working liberal college kids partying like that, right?

No substantiating DNA evidence does nothing toward overturning the public opinion guilty pronouncement fostered by the LSM. They've moved on to other more pertinent issues now, like Bush lied. They can't be bothered with the facts now.

Posted by: Old Soldier at April 10, 2006 07:24 PM

Yo! Old Soldier ...

Does LSM equate to Lame Stream Media? :-) :-)

Posted by: Retired Spy at April 10, 2006 08:23 PM

Guilty until proven innocent, then ignored. Typical MSM tactics - too bad about your reputation because they'll never let anyone know you were not guilty.

Posted by: Fish at April 10, 2006 10:41 PM

This is why they ARE guilty no matter the evidence.

The victim? Woman, "impoverished" and Black. The accusation? RAPE.

There is no forgiving that ever, even if it is a blatant lie. and there is no recovering from it.

Posted by: Wickedpinto at April 10, 2006 10:51 PM

The station here in Baltimore, Channel 2/ABC says that DNA is just 1 of the things that police use to make a case and that it isn't nearly over. BUT if a black man in jail for 20 years is cleared by DNA well..........that's it, he didn't do it. DNA is 100% correct in saying he didn't do it. OMG what a farce. I really feel for those kids. Lets see the pictures of the beat up girl when she got there, now please!

Posted by: ticketplease at April 11, 2006 07:37 AM

Retired Spy, yes, LSM = Lame Stream Media. “MSM” seems to bestow some degree of legitimacy that the media (by and large) does not deserve; at least in my feeble old mind, anyway.

Posted by: Old Soldier at April 11, 2006 12:10 PM

Ticketplease, you said it, the same DNA evidence is somehow 100% reliable when used to exculpate a defendant, but is said to be "unreliable" to convict.(See O.J.Simpson case).

Posted by: Tom TB at April 12, 2006 07:49 AM