I'd like to talk to you all about the allegations against the Duke University lacrosse team and the alleged victim in the case, a hired exotic dancer.
This is going to be one heck of a case to try, especially if police are unable to find any DNA evidence that would be a slam-dunk in the case against members of the team.
Why do you ask? Well, let's look at some aspects of the case:
First of all, she was called and went over to the party on her own — she was hired.
Defense attorneys will likely try to blame the alleged victim especially if prosecutors have evidence a gang rape occurred.
As for the jury, women may not be sympathetic to the victim. In my experience they may be very judgmental about what she was going to do while at the house.
The bottom line is that it's going to be an uphill battle for the prosecution. But even though there are those elements, don't discount race as being a key component to the case.
The jury in Durham won't be the upper crust students that attend prestigious Duke University. They will be the good folks of Durham, North Carolina, and the ethnic makeup of the jury — if this case does in fact go to trial — may make all the difference in the way it's ultimately decided.
There's a long process we still have to go through before there will be any conclusion.
That's the way I see it. Let me know what you think. Drop me an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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