Duke Lacrosse: One Year Later

I haven't written much about the Duke Lacrosse case lately, because, not much is really happening. Well, today is a milestone. It is one year since the two strippers went to a house near the Duke campus to dance at a party thrown by the lacrosse players. And, at this time, the State still does not know what they want to do with the case.

The rape charges have been thrown out. The DA has stepped down from the case. One of the players has returned to Duke. The team is playing again. And the three men charged with the crime are still hanging in the wind, their lives on hold. Justice delayed is justice denied. Has no one from the prosecution side read the Sixth Amendment?

The boys are innocent till proven guilty. They have a right to a speedy trial. And they should have been supported by the school

DURHAM – Mike Krzyzewski, the face of Duke athletics, was virtually silent last spring as the lacrosse case put the school and its athletic teams under scrutiny.

Now, a year after an escort service dancer alleged being gang-raped at a lacrosse team party, the men's basketball coach says the university should have shown more support for the players.

"The one thing that I wish we would have done is just out, publicly say, 'Look, those are our kids. And we're gonna support 'em, because they're still our kids.' That's what I wish we would have done," Krzyzewski told Bob Costas, a sports commentator who has a television show on HBO. "And I'm not sure that we did — I don't think we did a good job of that."

"We had almost 100 professors come out publicly against certain things in athletics," Krzyzewski told Costas, "and I was a little bit shocked at that. But it shows that there's a latent hostility or whatever you want to say towards sports on campus. I thought it was inappropriate, to be quite frank with you."

A professor in the article disagrees, saying that most of the faculty are for the athletics. I must disagree, too. It wasn't about athletics, per se. It was about convicting the lacrosse players because they are white, rich males who abused a poor, black woman, who happened to be a stripper with a child. The lacrosse team was known as big time partiers. Big deal. East Carolina U knew how to party much more during my time there. And lacrosse players being a little bit crazy is something you will find on most campus'.

Dozens of Duke professors have been targets of outrage for the past year for signing an advertisement that ran in the student newspaper shortly after the gang-rape allegations. Critics accuse the 88 professors who signed the ad of being too quick to condemn the players. The professors, or Group of 88 as bloggers have nicknamed them, brush aside the criticism, saying they were speaking out about issues of race, sexual violence and social elitism that plague the campus culture, not taking a stand on the guilt or innocence of the players.

I have nothing else to say about that other then: BS, pure BS.

And still, one year later, the ACLU has neither gotten involved in protecting the accused players rights, nor answered one email or letter I have sent them. Figures.

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