Friday, September 16, 2022


DeSantis’s Martha’s Vineyard Stunt

This is just playing crass political games with human beings.

Via Fox News: Ron DeSantis sends two planes of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard*

“Yes, Florida can confirm the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived in Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” the governor’s communications director, Taryn Fenske, told Fox News Digital.

“States like Massachusetts, New York and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden administration’s open border policies,” she said.


Fox News Digital reported in April that Florida’s budget since approved by the state legislature included $12 million for the Florida Department of Transportation to remove illegal immigrants from the state and relocate them.

More details on this story, including accounts of the deceptive way these people were lured to be flown to Massachusetts can be found via NPR’s Morning Edition: Fla. Gov. DeSantis sent migrant flights to Massachusetts, his office says. Weirdly, the migrants were not in Florida, but were in a shelter in San Antonio, TX:

The plane arrived out of the blue on a sunny afternoon. The passengers, men, women and children, almost all from Venezuela, arrived at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport. They had boarded the plane earlier that day in San Antonio. Officials were not informed ahead of their arrival. Once on the ground in Massachusetts, local authorities and nonprofits scrambled to feed and house them. Lisa Del Castro, who runs the island’s homeless shelter, said resources were scarce at first.


Three migrants each separately described to NPR how they were lured onto the plane with promises of help getting work. Each of the three were told they were being flown to Boston and that, once they were there, they could more quickly get work because they were told it is a sanctuary city. Andres Duarte, a 30-year-old Venezuelan, said he had recently crossed the border into Texas and eventually went to a shelter in San Antonio. A woman who he and other migrants identified only as Perla approached them outside the shelter. They say she arranged for some of them to stay at a hotel, offered them food and then got them on a plane.

By the way, since Venezuela is one of the countries that the American right uses as a great bogeyman, it seems odd to pick on potential refugees from a country that is very much experiencing an economic disaster (but logic and reason are hardly the core of the actions being described herein).

Let me underscore that the main incentive for immigrants coming to the US is that they are seeking better lives for themselves and their families. And while we can debate the notion of sanctuary cities, the odds that such are primary drivers of migrant flows is rather absurd. Indeed, even mentioning them is just evidence of how all of this is red meat politics. The jobs migrants can get are the main incentive, and many of those jobs are in Texas and other Republican-controlled states (if that is the game that DeSantis wants to play). But, of course, the over-arching incentives are difficult to remove and the failure at setting a national policy to address the complexities of the issue is both long-standing and bipartisan (although so as to note that I am not just both-sidesing this, at least the Democrats aren’t trying to scapegoat and demonize immigrants).

Regardless, while there might some legitimate debate to be had concerning the burden of unauthorized immigration into the US on border states, the solution to such inequities should be addressed by the federal government via the federal legislature, not via stunts at the state level. This isn’t even Florida sending persons in Florida to other states, it is Florida sending persons in Texas to other states. It is absurd as any kind of policy or as an act of responsible governance.

Beyond any of that, and central to why this story should be highlighted: we are talking about human beings here. It is flatly grotesque and inhumane to use humans, especially extremely vulnerable ones, as pawns in a political game.

This is all made the worse by the fact that not that long ago, DeSantis was stoking fears about “secret flights” when the Biden administration was moving underaged immigrants around the country to alleviate pressure on border states. Here’s a Fox News story along those lines from November of last year: Florida gov says Biden admin has landed dozens of secret flights carrying illegal migrants into the state. These stories made it sound like the Biden administration was just dumping migrants around the country in some nefarious secret plan. Yet, as NPR reported in June: ‘Ghost flights’ are the latest GOP effort to weaponize immigration ahead of midterms

“There’s no warning,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at a press conference last week. “It’s just in the middle of the night. And then you’ll wake up and someone will say, ‘they brought a bunch of unaccompanied minors.'”

But federal officials insist that these flights happened exactly the same way during previous administrations, including under former President Trump. 

“This is completely consistent with the law and our responsibilities,” said Jorge Silva, a deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at U.S. Health and Human Services, in a statement. “Our legal responsibility is to care for unaccompanied children while they are on our watch, and that includes connecting them to vetted sponsors.”

Federal officials say that flights carrying migrant children happen at all hours, and that they don’t release information about the children on board to protect their privacy. Even the contractor operating the charter flights hasn’t changed since the Trump administration, they note. 

What has changed is that the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border reached an all-time high last year, topping 100,000 for the first time. And immigrant advocates say the amount of fear-mongering about them is rising too, in a way that’s “really just divorced from reality and from facts,” Nagda said.

Look, I fully understand that all of this is DeSantis just stirring the base, so trying to talk about actual public policy solutions is almost pointless, but this whole thing is beyond galling. Dumping human beings in various liberal-leaning states to basically own the libs for TV purposes is grotesque. Again, these are people. That there are poor, likely have brown skin, and don’t speak English doesn’t make it okay to treat them like objects.

When I see things like this, it is hard not to think of the following, especially since a lot of the base DeSantis seeks to please are likely self-identified Christians.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 

All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

One need not adhere to the Christian faith to appreciate these sentiments.**

If GOP politicians don’t like to be referred to as “semi-fascist” they shouldn’t treat a group of people like sub-human pawns nor should they engage in pure power moves just to score political points. And, likewise, those in the public who relish these kinds of actions need to engage in self-reflection (note that my expectations are not high on this count.***

This really is indefensible behavior. Again: human beings and vulnerable ones at that.

Can we have differing, legitimate policy positions on how to deal with immigration and refugees? Of course we can, but no one should be allowed to pretend like tricking vulnerable people into boarding a plane to be taken two thousand miles to a place unprepared to help them is a legitimate policy position.

It is cruelty and a clear case where the cruelty is very much the point.

Update: FWIW, I had not seen Jonathan V. Last’s Bulwark post until after I had written and posted the above. But he had very similar thoughts about both the cruelty of it all and the clear betrayal of core Christian principles evidenced in DeSantis’ behavior.

*I see that James Joyner also noted this story in Thursday’s Tabs. I started writing this before his post, but was unable to come back to finish until much later–also why I am only seeing the discussion in that thread now.

**Sentiments that I have to mischievously note sound pretty damn woke to me.

***Dare I note another woke notion: that we should treat others as we would like to be treated, as some long-haired social justice warrior once said. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

growing consensus among social justice advocates that bigoted or simply emotionally triggering speech is akin to physical violence and should be regulated as such.

 This point at the end of her article stuck out to me and set off alarm bells.

“an important [Question] meriting coolheaded analysis”… “of the seemingly growing consensus among social justice advocates that bigoted or simply emotionally triggering speech is akin to physical violence and should be regulated as such.”

No, “growing consensus among social justice advocates ” does not trump Free Speech.

Two Books Explore the Furor Over Rape on Campus

This is too bad, because the question of how campuses should combat sexual assault while upholding important principles of legal fairness is an important one meriting coolheaded analysis. The same is true of the seemingly growing consensus among social justice advocates that bigoted or simply emotionally triggering speech is akin to physical violence and should be regulated as such. But unlike Kipnis’s book, “The Campus Rape Frenzy” is neither thought-provoking nor revealing of uncomfortable truths — except, perhaps, in demonstrating that implicit misogyny continues to permeate American culture, contributing not just to sexual violence itself, but to the ways we understand, discuss and write books about it.

Outside the Beltway cesspool of Liberals — DailyKOS 2.0

Smooth Jazz says:

Yawn. How many times have we heard since Trump started campaigning in 2015 that the walls are ‘closing’ in? 576? Mueller? Russian collusion? Alfa bank? Pee tape? Dirty dossier? etc etc etc. Trump is boorish, self centered, narcissistic & clearly can’t control himself, but you can’t charge people for being “cray cray”, tweeting fanciful stuff that crazy people run with, for challenging a dubious election where Dems in certain key states changes codified state laws to benefit their candidate under the guise of COVID, or because the DC cocoon doesn’t like his personality.

At a time when inflation is approaching the Carter malaise years & folks purchasing power are destroyed by the policies of this Admin, this 1 sided “January 6th” is revealing itself to be a CNN & MSNBC side show, perceived as a fraud by 50% of the Country. The people who have thought Trump was Hitler ever since hem came on the scene will buy into this, but half the Country can see through this January 6th committee BS & grandstanding, including the lack of exculpatory evidence such as when Trump told the people to march to the Capitol ‘peacefully’ in his Jan 6 speech. This is a BIG deal, but this 1 sided committee apparently thinks he was joking, while serious about other thoughts they want to put in his mind.

Their “bombshell” witness Ms Hutchison credibility has been compromised & most of the other “bombshell” testimony is from people on his staff who didn’t think the election was stolen. Yawn. He felt otherwise. Trump didn’t commit a crime for having the POV that the election was stolen. & this pressure on the DOJ to “charge” Trump is unseemly. Charge him for what exactly? For being “cray cray”. If that’s the case, maybe the DOJ should charge people that objected to Repubs winning the Presidency in 2000, 2004 & 2016.

I realize you Dems need something to mitigate the wipeout that is coming in the Midterms this Nov, but this grandstanding Jan 6 committee isn’t it. Sorry. It is obvious the people on this committee are about the lucrative anti-Trump DC grift @ this point (CNN hits, etc) & got nothing beyond a few crazies who rioted at the Capitol. 


“As if all he did was have a point of view. Get the fuck out if you’re going to try gaslighting us with this bullshit.”

This is why I was saying the other day that this once middle of the road blog has evolved into a cesspool of Liberals — DailyKOS 2.0 for example — who only listen to each other in a self reinforcing cocoon where dissent is not tolerated and where Conservatives are attacked.

Your profanity laced post is 1 of the reasons why Conservatives no longer post here from what I can tell. You people R getting more unhinged by the day as you come to the realization Biden is failed POTUS & you’ve put everything in this 1 sided January 6th committee.

What did Trump do that is a chargeable offense?? What has this January 6th proven beyond hearsay & grandstanding by NeverTrumpers looking to cash in on anti Trump $ grift & CNN hits? Be specific.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

New Narrative for Blue Wave 2022.

 Overturning Roe and allowing the unevolved to carry guns in Blue States is <a href="">causing the earth to shift under our feet, woke a sleeping giant and cause a semantic groundswell Blue Wave election 2022</a>.  Liz Cheney will be the next Republicans minority leader in 2023. 

Traitors Rand Paul , Jim Jordan, Paul Gosar, Matt Gaetz, Elise Stefanik, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert will be thrown out of Congress and replaced with Prochoice, Gun Safety Democrats. 

Democrat must campaign on the widely popular issues (90%) Gun Control and Federally supported abortions.

Universal background checks/full gun registration and full mandatory gun buybacks/confiscation

Federally funded abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics on Federal land and property at anytime before birth.

Democrats are coming and hell is coming with them.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Soon to be declared Verboten subjects for the OTB community.

Joining the Duke Lacrosse and Rolling Stone/UVA Frat gang rape hoaxes.

Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion murders

Wichita Massacre and Swatting

Murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom

Sacramento County church shooting

Draw Mohammed shooting.

Shooting of Kate Steinle.

Murder of Mollie Tibbetts

Go on, Democrats. Run on repealing the 2nd Amendment. I want you to run multiple ads and make it part of every campaign speech across the country. You want to do something? Do that.

Democrats control all three branches of government. They can lean into any gun ban bill they desire. They won’t do it though because they’d lose even worse in November. Hence finger wagging at Republicans instead of legislation.

Monday, May 16, 2022

US Deaths

2017 2,813,503

2018 2,839,205

2019 2,854,838

2020 3,383,729

2021 3,458,697

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Don’t Feel Too Sorry for the Dukies

Apr 12, 2007 7:49am
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.
And, MOST IMPORTANT, there are many, many cases of prosecutorial misconduct across our country every year.  The media covers few, if any, of these cases. Most of the victims in these cases are poor or minority Americans–or both. I would hate to say the color of their skin is one reason journalists do not focus on these victims of injustices perpetrated by police and prosecutors, but I am afraid if we ask ourselves the question honestly, we would likely find that it is. Look for a moment at what James Giles endured
I hope we all keep him and others in mind, as we cover the celebrated exoneration of well-heeled, well-connected, well-publicized young men whose conduct, while not illegal, was not entirely admirable, either. They aren’t heroes. They aren’t boys. They are young men who were victimized by a reckless prosecutor–and had the resources the fight him off.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Duke Lacrosse Update: Crimes and Torts committed by Duke Lacrosse Team Players on 3/13 and 3/14 as Reported in the press, mainly from the Three Players’ Defense Attorneys.

Duke Lacrosse Update: Crimes and Torts committed by Duke Lacrosse Team Players on 3/13 and 3/14 as Reported in the press, mainly from the Three Players’ Defense Attorneys.

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  1. The Lacrosse Team Captains who hosted the party, including Defendant Evans, lied about their identity to the dance services when they ordered two female dancers.

  2. The Lacrosse Team Captains who hosted the party, including Defendant Evans, lied about the nature of the party, stating it was a small bachelor party of less than 10 men, and that the dancers would not need an escort.
  3. The Captains, including Defendant Evans, knew it was the policy of such escort services, particularly when Duke University athletes were involved, to send a bodyguard with a female dancer if the party would have more than 10-15 males in attendance. Other Duke athletic teams have had that experience in the past.
  4. After Duke outlawed drinking on campus, some its more affluent white students merely rented or bought a nearby satellite "frat" or "party" or "team" house, to hold keg parties and hire female dancers for stag parties. A recent UNC study found that only about one out of three students took part in the binge-drinking parties held at these satellite party houses that are found near both Duke and UNC-CH. These satellite party houses have no means of direct control by the Universities, although they are the scenes of massive underage drinking, date-rapes, and other sexual assaults. Although some of the satellite party houses are informally sponsored by fraternities or athletic teams (such as 610 Buchanan Street in Durham), the University maintains it has no authority or legal liability for the acts of its students at these houses.

  5. The satellite party houses, although owned or rented by Duke students, are not under the jurisdiction of the Duke police. Thus, if a Duke coed were to be given a date-rape drug at a party in one of these houses, and was gang-raped, Duke police and Duke would not have to report this in the annual sexual assault reports that Federal Law mandates.
  6. Any underage drinking, assaults, hate-crimes or other crimes associated with late or latent drunken adolescent socializing falls under the jurisdiction of the over-worked Durham Police Department. DPD has a working relationship with the Duke Police Department, but, even when the property is owned by Duke University, such as 610 Buchanan, the Duke P. D. claims it has no jurisdiction off campus.
  7. In response to complaints from neighbors about the loud and drunken acts of the Lacrosse Team who had been having parties at 610 Buchanan, six weeks before the alleged gang-rape, Duke bought 610 Buchanan Street on February 1, 2006. Duke continued to rent it to its lacrosse team captains. Duke did not notify its own Police Department it had jurisdiction over this property, and it is still unclear whether Duke P.D. could have made arrests that night if it had known that alleged felonies were taking place on Duke property. Certainly it must have known that there were at least 20 underage students drinking at 610 Buchanan, and that the Team Captains who had apparently bought a keg and several cases of beer were aiding and abetting this underage drinking.
  8. The captains of the team, including Defendant Dan Evans (23), carried out a plan for a party that included providing alcoholic beverages to members of the team who were under the legal drinking age of 21, including Defendants Collin Finnerty (19) and Reade Seligmann, (20). Over 40 members of the team came to the party. The party began on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m., March 13. The kegs and cases of beer, and other alcoholic beverages were readily available to the young men, who by midnight when the two invited women came into the house, had been drinking for approximately 10 hours. The majority were under 21, and everyone there knew they were breaking the law.
  9. Team parents have written that the reason for holding the drunken party at the party house was that everyone knew they could not go to a downtown bar because most of the boys were underage.
  10. The team captains who rented 610 Buchanan, including Defendant Evans, made a common plan to trick two female dancers to come to the party unescorted, for 40 young athletic men. On information and belief, the hosts requested one white and one Latino dancer. As part of the plan, they called at least two different dance services to obtain the dancers. Their misrepresentations convinced the manager of Allure Escort Services, at about 8:30 p.m., to notify CM, a recently hired dancer, that she had a job going to dance for a small bachelor party near Duke.
  11. On information and belief, when trying to hire the dancers, the Captains said it was a party for the Duke Track or Baseball team, which have more African American athletes on them. In fact, the lacrosse team has 47 members, 46 of whom are white. The only Black player, a Freshman, left the party before the dancers arrived.
  12. On information and belief, Ms. Kim Roberts, one of the dancers, arrived in her own car about 11:30. Ms.Roberts, a former student at UNC-CH, had danced for bachelor parties before. She is part Korean and part African American and, on information and belief, the lacrosse players believed she was the Latina dancer they had requested.
  13. Mr. Jason Bissey, who lived next door to the Duke-owned satellite house, saw several young men drinking beer in the back yard of 610 Buchanan at 2, 4, and 11:30 p.m.
  14. CM was dropped off by a friend in the front of 610 Buchanan just before midnight. She was a full-time honor roll student at N.C. Central University. She had taken the night-job because she has two children in elementary school, and she wanted to save the few day-time hours she had free after her studies, to be with her children.
  15. Mr. Bissey saw both Ms. Roberts and Ms. M walk around to the back door where a man greeted them, just before midnight. He saw the man talk with the women, and at midnight the two women entered the house. On information and belief, the lacrosse team member asked the women to dance and simulate sex acts between them, similarly to scenes from a book and movie that several of the Lacrosse team members enjoyed reading and talking about—American Psycho. The hero of this book/film is a 26 year old white stockbroker who works on Wall Street by day, and enjoyed hiring escort service dancers who did not know each other, having them come to his place to dance, requesting that they have sex with each other while he watches, and then he tortures and kills them. He also likes to kill poor Black homeless men, first torturing them and then killing them.
  16. Ms. Roberts and Ms. M, who did not know each other at all, say they went into the bathroom in the middle of the house and put on their skimpy dance costumes. Although the men were drinking beer, a player offered both of them a clear-colored liquid drink. Ms. Roberts declined it, but Ms. M drank her drink and possibly some of the drink that had been offered to Ms. Roberts.
  17. Although the women had been told it was going to be a small bachelor party, 44 out of the 47 lacrosse team members were reportedly present. The women began to dance and the men urged them to simulate or perform real sexual acts on each other. The men were standing and sitting all around the women—at least two dozen jammed into the small living room with the women in the middle. At least one player took digital photographs of the women, without their knowledge or permission.
  18. It is unknown how many photographers were present or how many photographs were taken at the party. Defense lawyer Joseph Cheshire has made some of them available to Joseph Neff, a reporter for the News and Observer who worked closely with Cheshire for several years in helping to free a man who was unjustly sentenced to death. One photo allegedly depicted a young man with his shorts off and his underwear wet.
  19. After about three minutes of dancing, with the men getting more and more excited, one man yelled at Ms. Roberts and Ms. M if they had brought "any sex toys." When they said, "No," a player held up a broomstick, and said he had a sex toy. There were racial remarks made.
  20. `The two dancers stopped and went into the bathroom. Several young men were knocking on the bathroom door, and Ms. M yelled at them to leave us alone, according to Ms. Roberts.
  21. Ms. Roberts retrieved her belongings from the bathroom, went to her car and changed into her street clothes.
  22. Ms. Roberts said that some of the men came to her car and said Ms. M was passed out on the backporch of the house. Ms. Roberts suggested they bring Ms. M to her car.
  23. After Ms. M got in the car, she said she wanted to go back in.
  24. Ms. Roberts said Ms. M, who had acted normally and showed no marks on her body when she first came, was acting as if she was very drunk. Ms. Roberts tried to convince Ms. M, whom she had never met before, to leave with her.
  25. Mr. Cheshire told the media the two women remained locked in the bathroom for 27 minutes and some men slid money under the door to them.
  26. Some men left after the dancers stopped and Ms. Roberts made it clear that the simulated sex between the "Latina" and the African American dancers was not going to happen.
  27. Other men noticed Ms. M seemed quite vulnerable after drinking the clear liquid. They went out to the car where she was and begged her to return to the house.
  28. Around 12:20 a.m. Mr. Bissey heard two men talking about money in the alley between his house and 610 Buchanan. One man said, "It’s only $100." He saw a man leaning into the window of a car parked outside of 610 Buchanan. He saw Ms. M. get out of the car, saying she needed to get her shoe and went around to the back porch again.
  29. Mr. Cheshire has produced a photo of her on the back porch, returning to the house.
  30. Ms. Roberts stayed in her car.
  31. On information and belief, around 12:20, some men who saw the vulnerable Ms. M returning to the house called their friends who had taken cabs and gone to get some cast from an ATM. Some returned. Sometime between approximately 12:21 and 12:53, Ms. M has stated she was kidnapped into the bathroom, beaten, robbed, choked, and vaginally and anally raped.
  32. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at Duke Hospital confirmed her injuries matched her reports when she was examined about 2 hours later.
  33. During this same period, Ms. Roberts said she waited outside for Ms. M to return. Ms. Roberts was frustrated with her and decided to leave. About 12:30 she started her car, and went a hundred feet or so down Buchanan Street. Then, suddenly, she changed her mind, put the car in reverse and backed to a parking space in front of the house. The cab driver who had taken Mr. Seligman to get some cash at a nearby ATM then dropped him off near his dorm, and had returned to 610 Buchanan Street for another fare, saw Ms. Roberts’ change of heart.
  34. Mr. Cheshire has given out digital camera photos that have 12: 37 a.m. and 12:41 a.m. on them. The first shows Ms. M in a coma on the back porch. The second shows someone dumping her into the passenger seat in Ms. Roberts’ car.
  35. Around 12:50 a.m. Mr. Bissey heard a man standing behind the wall on the other side of the street, on the grounds of Duke’s East Campus, shout at the two women in or near Ms. Roberts’ car: "Thank your grandpa for my nice cotton shirt," the man said.
  36. At 12:53 a.m. Ms. Roberts called 911 from her car and said: "It’s me and my black girlfriend. And the guy—there’s like a white guy by the Duke wall and he just hollered out "nigger" to me. . . .They’re just hanging out by the wall on Buchanan." When the operator asked which side, the caller said: "It’s right outside of 610 Buchanan. I saw them all come out of, like, a big frat house." She said she was "not going to press the issue, I guess," but she was obviously distraught. Ms. Roberts said she told the men she had just called the police.
  37. About 12:53 a.m., Mr. Bissey saw the car with at least one woman in it "speed away" from in front of 610 Buchanan. Then one man said, "Guys, Let’s go!" several times.
  38. Duke police were alerted by the 911 operator. However, although they were much closer to the house, they believed they had no jurisdiction, and they claim they had not been informed Duke had recently bought the property at 610 Buchanan.
  39. When the drunken partygoers were told the cops had been called, within a minute the place was cleared and all the lights were turned off.
  40. Two minutes later at 12:55 a.m. two Durham police cars pulled up. The officers saw cups, beer cans and beer kegs, and spoke to a neighbor who said there had been a party. But no one answered their knock on the door, the lights were off, and there was no sign of the woman caller.
  41. At 1:06, after 11 minutes of checking the Duke-owned house, the police left.

  42. Sixteen minutes later, at 1:22 a.m., a female security guard at Kroger’s on Hillsborough Road saw a woman in the passenger seat of Ms. Roberts’ parked car who appeared intoxicated and was not speaking or moving. The security guard reported this incident to Durham P.D.
  43. Ten minutes later, at 1:32 a.m., Sgt. John Shelton, Durham PD, responded to the Kroger parking lot call. He found a "scantily clad woman passed out, and she would not get out of the car. When he got no response when he talked loudly to her, he pressured her wrists to try to get her out of the car. Ms. M. grabbed the parking brake, and struggled to stay in the car. When he got Ms. M out, she collapsed on the pavement of the Kroger parking lot. Shelton directed her taken to a 24-hour mental health facility called Durham Access, where intoxicated people can be held.
  44. Ms. M would not speak with Sgt. Shelton, so he "did not know her namre or where she lived," he wrote, and "Taking her home was not an option."
  45. Ms. M was interviewed by a staff nurse, a supervisor and a security guard at Durham Access. Off. Joseph Stewart witnessed these short interviews and wrote that during the "check-in process the victim was asked if something had happened to her and she said yes. She was then asked if she had been raped and she stated yes."
  46. The registered nurse at Access said the woman was incoherent and her responses appeared "as if she were psychologically hurt" according to Off. Stewart’s notes.
  47. The nurse observed that Ms. M’s answers were "more of a traumatic response rather than a drunk response, because her thoughts were broken, but logical due to her trying to hold on to reality." The Access staff directed the police to take Ms. M to Duke Emergency Room.
  48. An hour and a half after Ms. Roberts brought Ms. M to the Kroger’s parking lot around 1 a.m., and about 2 ½ hours after some of the players gave Ms. M a clear liquid drink around midnight Durham PD Officer Willie Barfield transported Ms. M. to the Duke ER.
  49. Within 20 minutes, Durham P.D. and the Duke Rape Team officially classified the complaint as "rape." A full rape analysis was done and the Durham P.D. collected DNA samples from the rape kit, took photos of her wounds, and interviewed her.
  50. The sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) found the "victim had signs, symptoms and injuries consistent with being raped and sexually assaulted vaginally and anally." The SANE also said the injuries and the victim’s behavior were consistent with a traumatic experience. Theresa Arico, the SANE coordinator at Duke Hospital said "there was a certain amount of blunt force trauma present to create injury" and that the injuries the victim suffered were "consistent with the story she told." The ER doctor on duty that night also has reported that Ms. M. suffered trauma consistent with her story.
  51. During the early morning hours, according to notes of the different police officers and staff at the ER, Ms. M.’s account of the rape included an accusation that Ms. Roberts had urged her to have sex with her and with the men, and that Ms. M. was taken into the bathroom and raped anally, vaginally and orally, and the three men used racial and sexual slurs during the assault.
  52. The serial killer in American Psycho followed a similar pattern with his female victims.
  53. The Duke PD wrote a report trivializing the incident, based on what a Duke cop had overheard of one side of a phone conversation a Durham cop was making. According to a study paid for by Duke, Duke President Brodhead was not told anything about the rape charges for several weeks.
  54. During the week of the party and the charges of rape made within three hours, Duke’s nationally ranked basketball team had moved into the quarterfinals of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Its coach was seen several times a night giving a commercial based partly on the reputation of Duke and its athletics.
  55. On the morning of March 15, Ms. M saw two doctors at UNC Hospital, where she had received health care before, because she had severe pain in her neck. Now over the affects of what ever narcotics were in the one or two drinks she was given that evening when she got to the party, she said that she was dancing at a bachelor party and wanted to leave, but the other girls (sic) wanted her to stay. She said she was pushed into a bathroom and raped by three men. "The UNC records said, " She was knocked to the floor multiple times and hit her head on the sink during one of these episodes. "She states she was drunk and had a lot of alcohol that night. She said she denied any pain in the emergency room because she was ‘drunk and did not feel pain.’"
  56. Some Duke students who were at the party reportedly gave detailed accounts of the night to Duke Administrators. D.A. Mike Nifong has said he would ask Duke to disclose them voluntarily. If Duke did not comply, he would get a Court order. Police took statements and DNA samples from the three captains and scheduled a meeting for the week of the March 20th to interview the other 43 white players. On information and belief, Nifong also has obtained statements from some of the players who attended the party.

  57. On information and belief, Captain Evans, knew that he was in trouble, the minute the Ms. Roberts called 911 at 12:53 a.m. He had hosted the party, may have been involved in mixing the drinks, and has produced no alibi during the critical two periods when his own lawyer’s photos indicate Ms. M, almost passed out from some kind of narcotic, was brought back into the house.
  58. On March 16th, Durham PD interviewed Ms M again, and then they interviewed the three captains, including Evans. After developing probable cause and obtaining a search warrant at 6:55 p.m., 40 hours after classifying the crime as "rape," the officers served the warrant at the house. Crime scene technicians were inside the house for seven hours on the night of the 16/17 of March. They found broken fingernails, a purse and a cell phone that belonged to Ms. M. They also seized a number of computers, cameras, cloth and paper towels, rugs and bath mats, fingernails and a photograph.
  59. Mr. Evans knew two days after the party, when police came with a search warrant and found several items belonging to Ms. M in the bathroom, including some of her false fingernails, some towels and other materials, that he might be charged.
  60. Mr. Evans consulted with his father, a Washington, D. C. lawyer, who in turn, hired one of the best criminal lawyers in North Carolina and a man with good skills at working the media, Joseph Cheshire. Cheshire had close working relationships with one of the best investigative reporters in North Carolina, Joe Neff. Cheshire and Neff together had pieced together enough evidence to help get Cheshire’s client, Alan Gell, exonerated for a crime that a jury had convicted him of, and sentenced him to the death penalty.
  61. The Evans family and other parents who had watched their boys play Lacrosse for Landon Prep school in the Montgomery county suburb immediately worked out an arrangement with Robert Bennett, a powerful D.C. lawyer who had represented Pres. Bill Clinton against the accusation of sexual harassment by a state employee in Arkansas, Ms. Paula Jones. Mr. Bennett and other supporters of Pres. Clinton spent much time and energy trashing Ms. Jones. In fact, one of the favorite names for her was "Trailer Park Trash." Ms. Jones had not brought criminal charges against Pres. Clinton for the alleged advances he made toward her—she had merely sued him in civil court for violating her rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
  62. On information and belief, some of the information found on the seized computers from 610 Buchanan, as well as from other team players, refer to scenes from American Psycho. A mother of one player wrote several players were in a Duke psychology class and had American Psycho assigned to them for analysis.
  63. One partygoer, Ryan MacFadden, went back to his dorm room and about an hour after Ms. Roberts’ 12:53 a.m. call to the cops had abruptly ended the party, sat down at his computer and sent out a drunken cry to his team-mates: And about an hour later, one of the "kids" sent out an e-mail to the team saying: "To whom it may concern: tomorrow night, after tonight’s show, I’ve decided to have some strippers over………... However there will be no nudity. I plan on killing the b_____as soon as the[y] walk in, and proceeding to cut their skin off while cumming in my duke issue spandex. All in besides arch and tack please respond. ‘41’" (Sic[k]) Defense lawyers said he was just joking, and that proved there was no rape. Later he told Duke investigators he was just joking, and he was sorry. Pres. Brodhead reinstated McFadden as a student in July.

  64. On information and belief, this American Psycho depravity is sprinkled throughout some of the young men’s computer files that the State controls. Mr. Evans and his defense team, people at Duke (the University has access to all e-mails and files on its computer system) and Duke’s alumni and sports backers are aware that if these ideas or reports of some of Duke young athletes were to be published—like Mr. McFadden’s e-mail that night—all the spin doctors in the world could not stop the public from having an adverse reaction to the type of education Duke provides.
  65. The cousin of Ms. M has reported that Duke supporters have approached her with an offer of $2 million if she will retract her testimony. Other people who have access to Ms. M also have reported being approached with offers of huge sums of money if the case will go away. Sam Hall, the communications director for the Duke Alumni Affairs, checked with other officials to see whether Duke Alums had bade such an offer. Mr. Hall told the press that "We have no information about that. I think there’s been a rumor of it since the beginning, but I’ve never heard it discussed."
  66. Although the players first indicated they would voluntarily give DNA, a few days after the computers were seized, on March 20, a lawyer told the D.A. that none of the players would voluntarily submit to DNA tests. The State obtained a Court Order for the DNA.

  67. On March 23, ten days after the State’s investigation began, 46 Duke students, with their shirts over their faces, walked into the forensics unit of the Durham Police Department, and they were seen by a reporter and photographer from the News and Observer. The next day, March 24th, the story broke for the first time publicly.
  68. About the same time, Duke was eliminated in the NCAA basketball tournament. That weekend, a Duke alumnus witnessed about 20 members of the lacrosse team acting like drunk children at a local bar. She published an account in the Duke newspaper, the Chronicle. In late March, she was told not come back to the bar.

  69. The next week, two weeks after the party, several team members retained some of the best criminal lawyers in the area. The three team captains, who lived at the House (it is unclear whether they paid Duke rent for the house and they all moved out) have hired top-dollar attorneys: James "Butch" Williams (Capt. Dan Flannery), Joe Cheshire (Capt. Dave Evans), and Kerry Sutton (Capt. Matt Zash).
  70. Cheshire attacked the D. A. for creating a "lynch-mob mentality in the community," and said Nifong "has judged these young men to be guilty." Williams accused Nifong of doing the "two step," because Nifong first said he wanted to get the DNA results back before considering what to indict for, and then later said a negative DNA test did not prove innocence. Ms. Sutton said Capt. Zash was ¨locked in his room watching the Dave Letterman show" when the alleged attack took place in the 3-Bedroom house. (Zash’s semen was on a towel in the bathroom where the rape took place.) Cheshire chastised the D.A. for "trying the case in the press." All the lawyers have maintained there was no sexual attack at the house that night.
  71. Ms. Roberts, seeking legal advice, contacted Mr. Williams. He told her he represented one of the men, and then told her about the photos and implied she was going to look bad if there was a trial. He tried to get her to tell him what she knew. Ms. Roberts has since made public interviews, describing her role and saying Mr. Nifong and the Durham P.D. have handled the case professionally.
  72. Mr. Nifong made comments about possible accessory charges, since it is hard to believe that a gang rape in the bathroom could occur without other party-goers knowing something about it. He gave several interviews about the case the first few weeks, when it created a media firestorm. He once estimated he gave "50 to 70" interviews during that period, and the defense lawyers have used that figure repeatedly. He has since apologized for giving so many interviews to the media, which would camp outside his office everyday until he stopped granting any interviews.
  73. Since about two weeks before his successful primary election, maintained a professional quiet with the press.
  74. The defense lawyers are paid large fees to zealously represent their clients. A tactic in every sexual assault case is to intimidate the survivor/witness of the attack into refusing to testify. As part of this tactic, they released their photos of the dancer, they have dug up old stories about how she was traumatized as a teen-ager, and have tried to put her past character on trial, knowing well her past sexual history is off limits before the jury.
  75. The strategy of the Duke 3 Support Group is as old as sex. Attack the survivors, the vulnerable women. Trash them to re-traumatize them. First the night of the assault, and then every night after on the tv talk shows, the blogs, and on the front pages of the press—trying to bludgeon them into to being afraid to testify.
  76. There is a second reason why the Duke 3 Support Group and the defense lawyers continue to try their case in the media—even when the State has chosen to not to join the publicity contest. Their objective is simple: to prepare for a Motion to Change the Venue, saying the jury has been hopelessly tainted with what they have read. They are worried Mr. Nifong and his prosecutors will be on their home court, with a home jury, that will no doubt have at least 5 and maybe more African Americans on it. They are worried the egregious racism of some of the players will affect a Durham Jury, just as it has affected all people of good will who are outraged by the arrogant, entitled behavior of these men, whether or not three men physically assaulted an obviously almost comatose woman.
  77. No one represents Ms. M, the survivor. As in the case of domestic violence or any other violence against a woman, she becomes the third party victim of the criminal justice system. Nifong represents the State of North Carolina, not the survivor.
  78. The three defendants they have two mountains to climb. First, they must deflect public attention from their boorish, racist, and illegal behavior by mounting outlandish attacks on the survivor and the D.A. Second, they must deal with a mountain of physical evidence, that is corroborated by, we have reason to believe, accounts of some of the men who were at the party who have cooperated with the police and the D.A. from early on.
  79. The NAACP and several key Durham Congregations held a highly successful Durham Conference on the Moral Challenges raised by the lacrosse case. One of the issues the Durham Conference addressed was the outrageous media attention given to the case, and the way the defendants were "playing the media like a banjo." In early June, The Durham Conference wrote to both the Durham Superior Court Judge and the N.C. Bar, requesting a "quiet zone" be declared, based on the N.C. State Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct 3.6.
  80. On July 17, Superior Court Judge Kenneth Titus told both the defendants and their lawyers, as well as the State of N.C. and its lawyers, that "future statements or disclosure of additional information, otherwise prohibited by Rule 3.6 will have a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing" the constitutional guaranteed right to a fair trial by a jury free from partiality, bias or prejudice. "Therefore," Judge Titus told the lawyers for both sides, "I am entering an order in these cases which require compliance" with the professional rules.
  81. Two weeks after the defense lawyers had been ordered to stop trying the case in thepress (Nifong had muzzled himself two months earlier), the Herald’s crime reporter, John Stevenson, wrote on July 31st there were two matches to Evans found on stuff the police seized 40 hours after the party. Material on one of Ms. M’s fingernails seized from the bathroom wastebasket could have only come from Evans, out of all the 46 players there, and Evans’ DNA was found on a seized towel from the hallway toward Evans’ room. Defense attorneys had mentioned the fingernail DNA and tried to minimize its meaning when it first came out, and there had been a mention of DNA on some towels, but it had not been revealed it was also Evans’ DNA on the towel.
  82. This damaging news about Cheshire’s client was followed a week later with a lengthy attack on Nifong in Sunday’s N & O, August 8, with graphics, photos and a full page of editorializing against Nifong by Neff. Neff apparently has complete access to the records Nifong has turned over to Cheshire, as long as Neff spins the story against the State. Many of the facts revealed in the August 8 story tend to support the Central student’s claims, particularly if she was drugged when she first came to the party.