Enough Duke Lacrosse Evidence For Jury To Decide: Times


The New York Times took a close took at the evidence in the Duke University lacrosse-rape case. By disclosing pieces of evidence favorable to its side, the defense has created an image of a case “heading for the rocks,” the Times says. A Times examination of the entire 1,850 pages of evidence gathered by the prosecution in the four months after the accusation produces a more ambiguous result. It shows that while there are big weaknesses in prosecutor Michael Nifong's case, “there is also a body of evidence to support his decision to take the matter to a jury.”

The Times says the case files help answer some important questions and raise others and they “add rich detail” to the story. narrative of what happened that night. The story of alleged sexual violence and racial taunts shows “better why this case has radiated so powerfully.”

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/25/us/25duke.html?hp&ex=1156564800&en=2a2bba3c

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