Thursday, April 12, 2007

Being right about Duke

I love being right - really.

I mean let's face facts: I'm married so I don't often win an argument. But when I'm right, well, I feel I get to smile and gloat a bit.

So it is with today's dismissal by the North Carolina State Attorney General of the case against the three Duke athletes.

I don't want to say I told you so, but... I told you so. You can read it here. And that was 11 months ago! Wow, I was right on the money. Go figure.

Unfortunately what you won't hear now is any groveling or public apologizing from the media for brutally victimizing these three wrongly accused young men.

Each of them should get public apologies from the President of every major news outlet - NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox. And then there's print media as well.

Frankly, I hope they sue everyone, and I hope some people go to jail. DA Mike Nifong may get disbarred - but he deserves worse than that. His arrogance and ego were put before the well being of those he was elected to protect and serve. Disgusting at the least.

Bye-bye Mike... don't let the door hit you on the way out.

And what about our messed-up false accuser? I'm sure she'll wind up still being labeled a victim in all this - sentenced to counseling when she should instead be doing real time.

Sorry, this isn't like telling a fib about the dog eating your homework. Leniency ends with false accusations of felonies.

And what about all the athletes that lost out, what about the reputation of the school, what about the lives that have been severely damaged, what about the families, and lawyers, and legal fees? Nothing will return these young men to the lives they had before this.

There are no winners in this story - only various degrees of losers. But it would be a good time for our legal system to heal itself and show that the person who starts a mess like this needs to pay for the damage she has done.



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