Monday, April 10, 2006

DNA Testing Did Not Match

As reported in the NY Times:

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- DNA testing failed to connect any members of the Duke University lacrosse team to the alleged rape of a stripper, attorneys for the athletes said Monday.
Citing DNA test results delivered by the state crime lab to police and prosecutors a few hours earlier, the attorneys said the test results prove their clients did not sexually assault and beat a stripper hired to perform at a March 13 team party.
No charges have been filed in the case.
''No DNA material from any young man was present on the body of this complaining woman,'' said defense attorney Wade Smith.
The alleged victim, a 27-year-old student at nearby North Carolina Central University, told police she and another woman were hired to dance at the party. The woman told police that three men at the party dragged her into a bathroom, choked her, raped her and sodomized her.
Authorities ordered 46 of the 47 players on Duke's lacrosse team to submit DNA samples to investigators. Because the woman said her attackers were white, the team's sole black player was not tested.
District Attorney Mike Nifong stopped speaking with reporters last week after initially talking openly about the case, including stating publicly that he was confident a crime occurred. He went on to say he would have other evidence to make his case should the DNA analysis prove inconclusive or fail to match a member of the team.
Smith said Nifong now has the evidence needed to change his mind.
''He doesn't have to do it,'' Smith said of filing charges. ''He is a man with discretion. He doesn't have to do it, and we hope that he won't.''


Brother Lightness said...

Where does the witchhunt go from here?

Brother Lightness said...

This has got to be one of the biggest media let-downs in recent memory. The media was just waiting to pounce on a positive DNA match and stigmatize all claims to white privilege in the process.

I'd venture so far as to say that the cultural proportion of this revelation can be equated in some ways to the finding of OJ Simpson's innocence in the mid-90's.

Brother Spotless said...

Hate to say I told you so (especially since I had very harsh words against the Lacrosse players), but we all rushed to judgement.

It's not over; just because no semen was found doesen't mean a rape didn't occur. And it says nothing about racial slurs. What I find most interesting today is that, while the defense attorney is using the DNA tests as proof that no rape occured, the head coach quit. I do believe more will come out of this, because National Coach of the Year winners don't quit amid simple aligations...

RAK said...

He had announced his resignation earlier, just made it official recently. He quit in light of the unbelievably disgusting email that went public from one of the lax players.

I wonder what the next step is for the district attorney who had staked a lot of his reputation on this incident. Let's see what happens next.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reporting this BL. I live in Durham, went to grad school there, and I can tell you the witchhunt will go on, in one way or another. Just wait, those "elitist, racist, sexist white kids", and the University that encouraged them, will not be allowed off the hook. Because as we all know in Durham, the Top 10, multi billion dollar University that employs thousands and churns hundreds of millions into the local is the problem!!! Not the old southern economy, welfare state and lack of reeducaiton and economic development programs in the area.

Brother Spotless said...

an update on the investigation: