Isn’t it amazing what a lack of evidence can accomplish? After many months of searching in an attempt to create a case around a preconceived outcome, prosecutor Mike Nifong has dropped the rape charges against three Duke lacrosse players.

From the A.P.:

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.

The problem was that Mike Nifong, the prosecutor, was saying quite publicly that these guys raped the woman. This “incident” happened back in March, and Nifong didn’t even interview the accusor until after the end of October. I guess he was too busy going around saying how guilty they were to bother with such a minor detail.

Why were the charges dropped? Well, DNA evidence showed material from none of the accused on, in, or around the victim (plenty of other guys though), and maybe the prosecutor heard the loud footsteps of “Nifong’s Law” approaching with each passing day.

This kind of crap needs to be put down, and prosecutors need to stop being able to ruin lives and reputations based on political ambitions, false information and other personal agendas. A simple “whoops, my bad… sorry” isn’t nearly enough.

If the rest of the charges turn out to be bogus, I hope these guys can somehow manage to sue the prosecution back to the stone age.

To learn more about what happened in this case, rent the following movie:


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