Report: Family wants Tawana Brawley case reopened
NEW YORK (AP) -- Twenty years after her allegations of a racially charged rape became a national flash point, Tawana Brawley's mother and stepfather want to reopen the case, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Glenda Brawley and Ralph King want to press New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to re-examine the November 1987 incident, which a state grand jury ultimately concluded was a hoax, the Daily News reported.
"New York state owes my daughter. They owe her the truth," said Glenda Brawley. She reiterated her stance that her daughter was indeed raped by a group of white men who smeared her with feces and scrawled racial epithets on her body.
Representatives for Spitzer and Cuomo did not immediately respond to telephone and e-mail messages.
Brawley was 15 when she went missing for four days from her home in Wappingers Falls, about 75 miles north of New York. After being found, she made the shocking allegation that she had been abducted and raped by six white law enforcement officials.
The case quickly made headlines and drew the attention of the Rev. Al Sharpton, who became an outspoken advocate for the teen.
But a special state grand jury found evidence Brawley had fabricated her story. A former Dutchess County prosecutor who had been implicated in the case later sued Brawley, Sharpton and other Brawley advisers for defamation, winning a $345,000 judgment against the advisers and a $185,000 judgment against Brawley.
A spokeswoman for Sharpton, who was held liable for $65,000 in the case, did not immediately respond to an e-mail message early Sunday. The former prosecutor's attorney did not immediately return a telephone message.
Brawley has changed her name and become a nurse, the Daily News reported.
Amazing. I hope they do re-open this hoax and remind people once again just what sort of scum were behind the mess in the first place. I would also hope that the added attention might out Tawana from whatever rock she's been hiding under for the past 20 years. She's never apologised for her blatant lies and bullshit. Maybe she has no part of this resurrection and it's just her wankjob of a father trying to snatch a few headlines. Even then, she still has an obligation to tell the truth once and for all, something she has never done.
The evidence that this was a hoax is simply overwhelming. Even if you disregard every single eye-witness statement (assuming, of course, that The Man has bought them off) you would still have to explain the complete lack of physical evidence. Negative on the rape kit, negative on any signs at all of sexual assault, negative on any cuts or bruises or contusions, negative on the effects of exposure or dehydration after being tied outside for 3 nights in sub-zero weather, etc.
It wouldn't surprise me at all if her father simply was trying to cash in one more time. After all, it worked so well the last time to the tune of $300,000 and no doubt he's seen the gravy train roll in for others like the Jena 6. If you think that sounds cynical, then you're fooling yourself. There's no way that any sane person, even one wanting to believe that a kidnapping and gang rape occurred, could look at the evidence and conclude that she was attacked. Hell, even Al Shapton himself stopped mentioning the case and began ducking questions about it after the grand jury findings came out.