April 18, 2006

The Daily Duke Lacrosse Roundup

Two Duke Lacrosse players, Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Fells, N.J., and Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y., were arrested today in the alleged rape of an unnamed female. The District Attorney is seeking a third player might be arrested but whose identity has not been revealed. Attorneys for the defendants are furious are blowing steam and claim that at least one of the accused will be vindicated by "multiple witnesses and a commercial transaction":

Bill Thomas, a lawyer for a player who has not been charged, said that one of the two men under indictment did not even attend the party. He would specify which one, saying only that "multiple witnesses and a commercial transaction" would provide an alibi.

According to a filing made by the district attorney's office, the residents of the house where the party took place told police that Seligmann was one of six players who did not attend the party.
Another attorney, Robert Ekstrand, who represents dozens of players, said neither Seligmann nor Finnerty was at the party "at the relevant time."

The indictment represents "a horrible circumstance and a product of a rush to judgment," Ekstrand said.

Can't quite tell yet what media spin we will get on this. Does the title of this AP piece give us an indication? - Duke rape suspects come from money . In this AP article, the writer couldn't even couldn't even cough up the name of the accused before opining:

Two Duke University lacrosse players were arrested on rape charges Tuesday in a scandal that has rocked one of America's elite campuses and raised explosive questions of race, class and the privileged status of college athletes.

The article continues with more salient information:
The two players _ both graduates of Northern prep schools _ were promptly booked
and released on bail.
The impeccable objectivity continues:
Well before the scandal, the nationally ranked team had a reputation for a swaggering sense of entitlement and boorish frat-boy behavior that included public intoxication and public urination. After the scandal broke, the university announced an investigation into whether it put up with such behavior for too long.

What about the behavior of the stripper? The whole team has been indicted by the AP and the conduct if the accused is wholly ignored. And I thought this case was about whether those young players raped a young woman.


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