In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
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Timeline proves innocence

Well, it looks like the fucking DA has a lot to answer for after this last round of evidence about hte duke lacrosse case. It seems that rather than simply proving a lack of guilt, the preponderance of the evidence is now showing that at least one of the players is innocent completely. I don't know what sort of moron investigators the DA has working for him but it's ridiculous that none of them found out about this earlier. Here's the timeline that I've compiled from various news sources into a whole. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

11:02:36 p.m. Timestamped Photo: Men are sitting around the house. Many have plastic cups in their hands.

11:08:28 p.m. Timestamped Photo: Men throw their arms in the air as if they are cheering and posing for the camera.

11:09:25 p.m. Timestamped Photo: A closer picture of a few men posing for the camera.

12:00:12 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The first picture of the dancers. The accuser, wearing pink and white lace lingerie, is lying face down on the floor.

12:00:21 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The accuser and the second dancer are dancing together.

12:00:29 a.m. Timestamped Photo: Dancers are performing. The accuser has what looks like bruising on her knees. Her right shoe is missing from her foot. It can be seen in the background.

12:00:40 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The two dancers are performing. A crowd of about 15 men is visible in the photo. The men are sitting on couches. They are not showing much reaction.

12:02:16 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The accuser is on top of the second dancer. The accuser's right thumbnail does not have a fingernail or polish on it. Her right pinky nail also does not have a nail. The men are smiling. The dancers are smiling.

12:02:46 a.m. Timestamped Photo: A young man, who appears to be passed out, sitting in a chair.

12:03:57 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The dancers by the door. The accuser's right shoe is on the floor. The men in the room are sitting.

12:10:39 a.m. Timestamped Photo: A young man passed out. His shorts are slightly pulled down.

12:14 a.m. Phone Record: Seligmann calls cab company for cab.

12:19 a.m. Statement by Seligmann and Cabbie: Cab arrives.

12:24 a.m. Timestamped Security Camera: Shows Seligmann making a withdrawl from an ATM miles away.

12:?? a.m. Statement by Seligmann and Cabbie: Cab swings by a drive-through hamburger stand where the passangers pick up food.

12:30:12 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The accuser is on the back steps of the house, alone. Her right shoe is off. She has a purse.

12:30:34 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The accuser is still on the back steps of the house.

12:30:34 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The accuser is still on the back steps of the house.

12:30:47 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The accuser is on the stairwell of the back steps. Her mouth is open and her teeth are showing.

12:30 a.m. Witness Statement: Next door neighbor notes that the accuser exited the house and then re-entered.

12:3? a.m. Statement by Accuser: Rape begins in bathroom.

12:37:58 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The accuser is lying on her back on the back stairs. She has a cut on her right foot. She has cuts on her right butt cheek. The stair rail has pink spots on it.

12:38:07 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The accuser is lying on the back steps. A tan object can be seen in the background.

12:38:18 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The accuser is still on the ground.

12:41:32 a.m. Timestamped Photo: The accuser is seen getting into a black Honda Accord.

12:46 a.m. Timestamped Swipe Card: Seligmann enters his dorm, cabbie statement says he watched seligmann enter.

12:53 a.m. Timestamped 911 Call: Second stripper makes call to 911 claiming that as she was driving past, people at the house made racial slurs.

12:58 a.m. Police Dispatch: Officers arrive to find no party.

12:5? a.m. Statement by Accuser: Rape ends 30 minutes after it begins.

1:22 a.m. Timestamped 911 Call: Call from a Kroger's saying that a woman refuses to get out another person's car.

1:2? a.m. Statement by Security Guard: Woman in car appeared to be passed out drunk but fine.

1:?? a.m. Police Dispatch: Officers arrive.

So there it is. So can anyone see a way around this where it dosen't show that the accuser's story is full of crap? I mean seriously. If the DA really went to a grand jury without even doing the most basic amount of investigation that would have uncovered this, he should be fired immediately. The stuff with the cabbie completely rips apart the prosecution timeline. There's nothing left of it short of some gigantic conspiracy theory where the whiteys are all in on it, bribing a cabbie and cab company to enter into a spree of evidence fabrication. They would also have had to gotten the bank manager at the ATM in on it and someone to mess with Duke's ID swipe system, but I wouldn't be surprised if some whackjobs out there actually believes that's possible.

As posted in the comment section, there's been some questions about whether the rape occured before or after 12:30am of that night. In my timeline I have it listed as after because this seems to be what the police themselves believe in their interpretion of the evidence, though it of course could be erroneous.

A document attached to an application for a search warrant in the case said "the victim and her fellow dancer decided to leave because they were concerned for their safety."

The report said "one of the suspects" left the house, apologized and persuaded the women to go back inside.

A neighbor who reportedly saw what was going on said that interaction took place about 12:30 a.m., according to a written statement to police that was provided to CNN by a source with knowledge of the case.

On the off-chance that it is claimed the rape occurred before 12:30am, this would mean that the strippers stopped dancing at 12:04 at the earliest (time of the last timestamp), went outside to the car, got convinced to come back inside, were seperated, the accuser was the raped, and all in time for Seligmann to be picked up by the cab at 12:19. Of course, during this time he also makes a few phone calls, some assumably in the midst of the rape. It means the timeline is even more problematic from that point of view, making it even less likely a rape occurred. Teasing apart the timeline for the various elements leaves very little time for an assault, and would have to mean that assorted telephone calls took place in the middle of it.

At least on the backend of 12:30 am, there's a timeline gap of 12 open minutes with no intervening events. Of course, to believe Seligmann guilty of that you would have to believe he could travel from his dorm to the house, rape the girl with the others, and then manage to race away before the officers arrived to find the place empty.
Tags: crime/law, duke lacrosse case

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