Lacrosse Player's Lawyer Seeks Evidence
DURHAM, N.C. Apr 24, 2006 (AP)— The attorney for one of two Duke lacrosse players charged with raping a stripper demanded on Monday that prosecutors turn over the accuser's medical, legal and education records for use in attacking her credibility.
Kirk Osborn, who represents player Reade Seligmann, said the material will provide "rich sources of information for impeaching the complaining witnesses."
Frankly, I don't like the idea of digging through the medical records just willy nilly looking for ammo. It's one thing if there had been past accusations on her part that didn't pan out or something that actually applied to the case, but the idea of fishing expeditions make me sort of queasy. I guess the defense attorneys wouldn't be doing their jobs if they weren't doing everything possible to get their clients off, but IMO there are better ways to go about it. The unfortunate part is theat the evidence seems to hinge more and more on the accuser's testimony and her IDs. None of the physical evidence seems to have come through so far and the lineup is already suspicious in the way it was conducted. If they can shake her credibility, then they figure the house of cards collapses. It's too bad that there's no way for a judge or someone impartial to look at the records and see if there's anything exculpatory in there before deciding whether the information should be turned over.
In the ABC article they go on to state that the defense will be pushing for a pre-trail hearing to challenge the accuser's credibility and whether she can even give reliable testimony. One thing I know for sure is that this will not be improving the reputations of lawyers any. Well, other than with those charged with a crime that is.