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Duke Lacrosse Players Exonerated

It is being reported by CNN that not only have all charges been dropped in the sexual assault case against the three former Duke University lacrosse players by North Carolina’s Attorney General, but the AG has gone further. Attorney General Roy Cooper states:

"We believe that these cases were the result of a tragic rush to accuse and a failure to verify serious allegations. Based on the significant inconsistencies between the evidence and the various accounts given by the accusing witness, we believe these three individuals are innocent of these charges." [CNN report concerning the three former Duke Lacrosse Players]

It is no wonder that people mistrust the justice system. This is yet more evidence illustrating the imperfections of our justice system. Yes, innocent people go to jail. Yes, innocent people are charged with crimes they don’t commit. Yes, the justice system fails on a regular basis.

We all watched O.J. Simpson walk after a jury returned a verdict of "not innocent" in his favor. We watched the trial judge in the Anna Nicole Smith burial hearing cry from the stand. It was enough to make us all cry, not in empathy with Judge Seidlin, but at the justice system itself which was being once again embarrassed.

Unfortunately, only the most outrageous cases, which depict the justice system in the worse light, get the most press. Even worse, there are thousands of cases of regular individuals who suffer grave injustice at the hands of the legal system whose stories are never told…



I don’t think this means much. The AG (or a new AG) could file charges tomorrow if new evidence came up. I think the dismissal was without prejudice.

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