Friday, April 13, 2007
Terry Moran is a Maroon
DON'T FEEL TOO SORRY FOR THE DUKIES
Mike Nifong, the North Carolina prosecutor who pursued a case of rape and kidnapping against three Duke University lacrosse players, has been found to have been reckless and deceitful in the discharge of his duties according to the state's attorney general. He abused the power the people of Durham granted him. Based on the public record of what he did in this case, he may well be properly disbarred.
The accuser in this case has been shown to be either a vicious liar or a troubled fantasist.
The three young men who she accused are truly innocent of the charges brought against them according to the North Carolina Attorney General and the investigation led by his office.
But perhaps the outpouring of sympathy for Reade Seligman, Collin Finnerty and David Evans is just a bit misplaced. They got special treatment in the justice system--both negative and positive. The conduct of the lacrosse team of which they were members was not admirable on the night of the incident, to say the least. And there are so many other victims of prosecutorial misconduct in this country who never get the high-priced legal representation and the high-profile, high-minded vindication that it strikes me as just a bit unseemly to heap praise and sympathy on these particular men.
So as we rightly cover the vindication of these young men and focus on the genuine ordeal they have endured, let us also remember a few other things:
They were part of a team that collected $800 to purchase the time of two strippers.
Their team specifically requested at least one white stripper.
During the incident, racial epithets were hurled at the strippers.
Colin Finnerty was charged with assault in Washington, DC, in 2005.
The young men were able to retain a battery of top-flight attorneys, investigators and media strategists.
As students of Duke University or other elite institutions, these young men will get on with their privileged lives. There is a very large cushion under them--the one that softens the blows of life for most of those who go to Duke or similar places, and have connections through family, friends and school to all kinds of prospects for success. They are very differently situated in life from, say, the young women of the Rutgers University women's basketball team.
So being the butt of an ill considered joke by Don Imus is much worse than being falsely accused of gang rape. It is rapidly becoming a tell tale of the lefties' mind that they cannot distinguish between enormous differences in either degree or kind.
The young men were able to retain a battery of top-flight attorneys, investigators and media strategists. The scum!
Much, much worse. Those poor innocents from the Rutgers women's basketball team were frog marched into the Governor's mansion in Trenton, doing the perp walk which as well you know is not a hip-hop dance. Have you ever been to Trenton? It ain't Washington crossing the Delaware let me tell you.
New Jersey Governor John Corzine was so averse to meeting these young ladies at the mansion that he contrived to become involved in a motor vehicle accident in which he was very seriously injured.
Let us consider of what else these young ladies have been deprived as a result of Mr. Imus' ill considered so-called jest. They have lost the opportunity to be suspended from school after having lost the opportunity to have their season cancelled.
Their coach, Ms. Stringer, like Mr. Pressler, a future HOFer was not forced to resign. I think this is more proof that God is dead or at least on sabbatical.
None of these young ladies had their scholarship revoked. The injustice of it all!
I cannot imagine the angst felt by these paragons of the parquet; the sleepless nights they will experience by not having to incur large legal bills as a result of being falsely accused of being "nappy-headed hos." Is there no justice? They won't have to contemplate the prospect of spending the best years of their youth in prison. Is America really the land of opportunity when we deprive our young women so? I think they should go right out and attend a soccer game w/ their heads uncovered.
I am quite certain that we are of one mind when we agree that it is entirely worse to be characterized as a "nappy headed ho" than to be accused of foul sexual assault.
Does this mean that the left sleeve of my suit jacket is now empty and I must pin it to my jacket?