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April 11, 2007

Duke Biology Professor Says She STILL Doesn't Know If Accused Were Guilty of Rape!!!
Update: Shep Smith Goes Nuts (Video); Finnerty Thanks KC Johnson
More: Duke Admits No Fault!

Wow. The "reality-based community," huh?

But for some at Duke, the possibility of dropped charges left as many questions as answers -- and a feeling that the full truth of what happened that night in the house on North Buchanan Boulevard may never be known, in part because the investigation was mishandled.

"Since we haven't gone through a normal legal process, we don't know what really happened," said Duke biology professor Sheryl Broverman. "The fact the charges were dropped doesn't mean nothing happened. It just means information wasn't collected appropriately enough to go forward."

Broverman said she couldn't say one way or the other whether the players sexually assaulted the exotic dancer -- and that the investigation did little to clarify that. "For me, it just means we'll never know," she said.

Gives me all sorts of confidence in that "scientific consensus" on "global warming" knowing tenured elite-university biologists don't quite understand DNA.

In fairness, this sub-atomic psychokinetic fissionist seems to have been speaking yesterday, asked about reports that charges would be dropped.

But does anyone really expect her to change her opinion after today's amazing press conference? I don't. The most we can expect is that she'll get a lot quieter about her psychoses.

From the comments at Durham In Wonderland. The article is here.

...

The victims are holding a press appearance now. And by "victims," I mean the accused and their families.

So far nothing much to report.

They're all grinning like schoolgirls who just got asked to prom.

The families and the boys will take no questions. Huh? What's the point, then?

I suppose they're going to make statements, but not answer questions. I guess their statements have been vetted so as not to prejudice or damage the coming blizzard of lawsuits.


BONUS! Shep Smith goes ballistic on Nifong in a video update at Hot Air.

Plus, Finnerty thanks KC Johnson of Durham In Wonderland for his "diligent work" in exposing the truth day after day.


They're Still Not Innocent, Claims FoxNews Panelist! "Something bad" happened at this party, he alleges. Even if they're not guilty of rape, it seems, they're guilty of quasi-rape.

After all -- they were drinking underage! They had strippers at a party! Only "bad," semi-rapist young men do such things!

A Newsday douchebag quoted a Duke adminstrator as saying similar things, and he seemed to be in solidarity with him. At least, he offers no challenge for these sorts of statements.

Fake but accurate. Innocent but guilty... of something.

None of the three have attempted to return to Duke, where as one administrator said, they are "no choirboys," regardless of the outcome of the legal matters. Duke has been humbled, knocked down a peg on the prestigious scale of universities, admits John Burness, a former Stony Brook University official and current senior vice president and media point man at Duke throughout the sordid episode.

...

Duke reviewed its own house and is dealing with the exposed warts. A special committee found, among other issues, what it termed Duke's "own ambiguity regarding underage alcohol consumption [concluding that the university] conveys inconsistent messages and confuses expectations regarding alcohol. Duke University has fostered a number of problems among its undergraduates, including lacrosse players, by its ambivalent policies toward underage and over consumption of alcohol at Duke. The problem now needs serious review and remediation within the university."

The report also cited an unspecified number of lacrosse players [in the past] who have "disturbed neighbors with loud music and noise, both on and off campus. They have publicly urinated both on campus and off. They have shown disrespect for property. Both the number of [lacrosse] team members implicated in this behavior and the number of alcohol related incidents involving them have been excessive compared to other Duke athletic teams…"

Burness said, "We have much stronger codes that are bring enforced. We have a much higher degree of accountability; there's no ambiguity about that."

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Even if all charges are dropped against the three players, Burness believes other legal hurdles exist for the university. "We're expecting that there's probably going to be civil suits from folks trying to get money out of us, that comes with the turf."

Burness said there is a segment of the population that has asked him if Duke will apologize to the players if their legal problems disappear. "I said," Burness replied, "for what?"

Public urination, underage drinking, loud music which annoys neighbors... pretty much an indictment of every single male college student living off campus next to quieter, older folks. (And those living on campus do the same -- there just ain't so many complaints about it, because almost all of their neighbors are guilty of similar behavior.)

Is this good behavior? Of course not. But to even bring this small-bore bullshit up when we are talking about boys accused of vicious, violent rape and forcible sodomy is, how do I put this, fucking insane.

Oh, sure, maybe they didn't "rape" a girl. But you know -- they were blasting Ben Folds' cover of Bitches Ain't Shit a couple of nights, while, eyewtinesses reports say, they were drinking beer despite being two years below the legal drinking age!

So, you know, who's really to blame here? They were asking for it. Look at how they behaved. They were dressing like hooligans with their caps all backwards 'n shit, shakin' their little tight white asses; they were almost begging to be raped by the legal system and Duke University.


The Statements Of The Boys, Their Lawyers, And Their Families: Seemed kind of sweet but uneventful to me, but if you want the full skinny, KC Johnson liveblogged every statement. Just keep scrollin', as the man says.


Duke's Official Response: Um, they manage to admit the obvious:

Let's be clear about what was said today. The Attorney General did not dismiss the allegations on narrow, equivocal or legalistic ground. He determined our students to be innocent of the charges and said they were "the tragic result of a rush to accuse." In short, he used the strongest language of vindication.

But refuse to take any responsibility for what happened, or apologize for the adminstration's behavior, or confess any error whatsoever:

From the outset, I have been careful to note that these students were entitled to the presumption of innocence and I looked to the legal system to determine the merit of the charges. Now, finally, that process has given us a decision based on a thorough and objective review of the evidence. This is what we have all needed from the start. I trust the State Bar's review will be equally thorough so that we can understand the District Attorney's conduct in this case. As for Duke, while not reliving the past year, we won't be afraid to go back and learn what we can from this difficult experience.

During the past year, the world has known these young men, their teammates and a great university largely through the filter of unproven allegations. I trust that today's decision will begin a new day for all involved.

Meanwhile, the Group of 88 remains unrepentant. A tenured Duke biology professor says she still thinks that maybe a rape occurred.

A new day will begin, sure enough. A day of a massive lawsuits against Duke, among others.

I imagine the Sol Rosenberg rule of lawsuits will obtain -- Sue everybody. (Except the accuser; they've decided she's a "troubled young woman." Also, she has no cash.)

Thanks to Sluey.


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