Some charges to be dropped in Duke case

The prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse “rape” case is moving to dismiss some of the rape charges against all three defendants, WRAL in Raleigh is reporting.

No details available yet. The station’s website is HERE.

Update: In a move that should surprise almost no one with a passing familiarity of the Duke lacrosse rape case, the actual rape charges have been dropped.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Prosecutors dropped rape charges Friday against three Duke University lacrosse players accused of attacking a stripper at a team party, but the three still face kidnapping and sexual offense charges, a defense attorney said.

Joseph Cheshire and attorneys for the other players have said for months the woman told several different versions of the alleged assault.

Cheshire said Friday that the accuser now says she does not know if she was penetrated, which he said led District Attorney Mike Nifong to dismiss the rape charges.

…The players – Dave Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann – all say they are innocent. Their attorneys have consistently said no sex occurred at the party and have cited a lack of DNA evidence in the case as proof of their clients’ innocence.

“It’s highly coincidental,” Cheshire said, that the charges are being dropped a week after the director of a private DNA testing lab acknowledged that he initially, with Nifong’s knowledge, withheld from the defense test results showing none of the players’ DNA was found on or in the accuser’s body.

Testing also showed that genetic material from several males was found in her undergarments and body.

Update II (Lorie adds): La Shawn Barber has an excellent post full of info and a great link roundup. Here is my favorite quote so far, from Durham girl, Mary Katharine Ham:

It’s Durham. It’s full of a bunch of liberal white people who love to get yelled at by black people, and a bunch of liberal black people who are happy to oblige them. This story scratched that white guilt itch soooo good, they just couldn’t let it go, even though it was pretty clear from the beginning that the story was a little off.

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