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The case that keeps on giving

Well, I had assumed that the fact that it looks like the Duke Lacrosse case likely wouldn't hit the courts for a trial until near a year from now, meant that there wouldn't be all that much more to chew over. At best, we would get a leaked DNA report on the 15th and then I figured there might be sporadic murmurs from one side or the other, but a general detante of silence. Of course I was wrong, or perhaps it's just going to take a weee bit longer for new information to stop coming in. Here's the latest buzz out of the report released by Duke:

Durham police initially said the accuser "kept changing her story and was not credible," according to a university report issued Monday.

The day after the March 13 team party where a 27-year-old black woman claimed she was raped, Durham police told campus officers that "this will blow over," the report said. It said that the woman initially told police she was raped by 20 white men, then said she was attacked by three.

This really is turning out to be something like christmas for the defense attorneys lately. First the previous accusation of rape, the reported mental instability by the accuser's own parents, and now this. This cross-examination is going to be a circus and not only that but it's going to look something like what happens when you chuck a pot roast into a piranah tank. Going from 20 men raped me to 3 men raped me is going to raise quite a few eyebrows if it's actually in some police report somewhere. Not to mention that whichever officers who stated they didn't believe her story because it was kept changing are going to make interesting defense witnesses when called.

Nifong better be praying those DNA tests come back positive and that the DNA was from some normally inexcessable spot on the accuser. It'll be near impossible for the defense to explain away the DNA of the defendent found in her cooch, but something more peripheral might not even sink them now the way things are going.
Tags: crime/law, duke lacrosse case

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