Duke Lacrosse Lawyers Cite Photo Timeline
April 16, 2006 — Lawyers for lacrosse players at Duke University swept up amid allegations of rape are citing a timeline of photographs that they claim proves the accuser actually was manicuring her nails at the only time the rape could have occurred.
ABC News viewed more than a dozen photos taken by a student at the house party where the assault is alleged to have occurred, many of which were blown up to identify details.
In the photos, ABC News could see three couches in a semi-circle with the dancers in the center. The scene looks like a typical college fraternity house — with a sign on a wall bearing the Duke insignia and saying, "It's hard to beat a team that never gives up."
Sources from the players' camp say the photos corroborate the players' version of events and their claims that no sexual assault took place. Students are shown drinking and horsing around, but do not reach out toward, or make contact with, the dancers during the four- to seven-minute performance captured in photos.
Some players are talking among themselves and not paying close to attention to the dancers, which sources say contradicts the accuser's claim that the boys were growing "excited and aggressive."
A shot of the accuser during her dance shows what appear to be bruised knees and lacerations. Sources among the students' legal team argue that she may have had some of the bruises she says are from a sexual assault before ever arriving at the house.
Some of the woman's fingers are missing nail extensions. Sources associated with the players' legal team link this to the hypothesis that she was fixing her nails in the bathroom and that is why broken nails were found there — not because she was clawing at her alleged attackers in self-defense.
Interesting, eh? With each day it just seems that more and more of the accuser's story is washed away into the sewar. I can't wait to see how the rabid mob over at NCCU and the other nutjobs try to spin this one. No doubt they'll claim that the photos are somehow complete fabrications put together in some sort of CIA or FBI tech lab. Hell, they might as well just cut to the chase and say that martians are behind the conspiracy and join up with some other conspiracy theory whackjobs.
Now, there's no ability to tell if these were all the photos that were taken that night so we can't make any judgements about whether the lacrosse team did ignore the strippers for the whole dance or refrained from touching them. That's going to be lost in the fog of war and in the fog of he said, she said. What it does seem to show is that she had injuries _before_ she claims to have been assaulted and far more importantly, that she was missing those damn fingernails before the supposed attack too. That last point is pivotal as many assorted wanks have cited the broken nail evidence as proof of an attack despite the lack of any DNA on them.
At this point, I can't wait to see what the next surprise revelation is. It's going to be delicious to watch all the black racists and feminazis eat crow on this one if it pans out as a fabrication.
If she lied then the flame and the sword. Metaphorically speaking of course.