“This case is not going away.” Comments from Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong after defense attorneys and others ask the district attorney to drop the case against the Duke lacrosse players.
According to the Associated Press, Police took two Duke University lacrosse players into custody early Monday morning, a jail official said.
This comes less than a day after a grand jury charged two players in indictments that remain sealed, a defense attorney said, and more than a month after a stripper told police she was raped at a party thrown by Duke University’s lacrosse team.
“This is a tragedy,” attorney Robert Ekstrand said Monday after the indictments. “For the two young men, an ordeal lies ahead. … They are both innocent.”
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“It is unfortunate that members of the Duke community, players and families are being judged before all the facts are in,” Bennett said in a statement. “A lot of innocent young people and the families are being hurt, and unfortunately this situation is being abused by people with separate agendas. It is grossly unfair, and cool heads must prevail.” Comments from former Clinton attorney Robert Bennett, recently hired as a PR spokesman for the Committee for Fairness to Duke Families, a group paid for by supporters and family members of the Duke lacrosse team.
As reported by the Associated Press, a small group of boosters and others close to the Duke University lacrosse team have hired President Clinton’s former lawyer as part of an aggressive public relations effort to argue that the players did not rape a woman at an off-campus party.
Bob Bennett, a former federal prosecutor and Washington attorney who represented Clinton in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, is serving as a spokesman for a group calling itself the Committee for Fairness to Duke Families.
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“They need presidents, they need administrators, they need faculty, to tell them that it was wrong behavior and that they are not going to be coddled because they are athletes, because they come from privileged backgrounds, because they have money.”
Comments from Duke graduate student Michelle Christian complaining that Duke University officials continue to downplay the alleged rape and beating of an African-American woman by three players on the Duke lacrosse team.
Duke University’s highly-ranked lacrosse team was recently suspended from play while many of the team’s members face an ongoing rape investigation.
The police inquiry stems from allegations made by an exotic dancer who says that she was raped, choked and beaten by three members of the lacrosse team during a private party held by team members. The woman said that the incident occurred on March 13 in a university-owned home that is occupied by three of the team’s four captains.
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“Doctors ought to quit worrying about what ballplayers are taking. What players take doesn’t matter. It’s nobody else’s business. The doctors should spend their time looking for cures for cancer. It takes more than muscles to hit homers. If all those guys were using stuff, how come they’re not all hitting homers?” Comments from Barry Bonds in 2002 regarding his alleged use of steroids.
According to USA Today’s Jon Saraceno, Hank Aaron doesn’t want to talk about it, at least not for public consumption. Neither does Frank Robinson, another Hall of Famer whose opinion matters.
“Not going there,” Robby told us the other day.
Baseball fans, however, aren’t nearly as reluctant to discuss how they feel about Barry Bonds’ assault on the record books, given the latest allegations that he was a pill-gulping, syringe-sticking, steroidal cream-smearing doper who was jealous of the accolades given in 1998 after Mark McGwire smashed 70 home runs and Sammy Sosa 66.
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“For the last 11 years, it has been my privilege to be associated with RadioShack. At this time the board and I have agreed that it is in the best interest of the company for new leadership to step forward so that our turnaround plan has the best possible chance to succeed, as I know it will.”
Comments from RadioShack’s embattled former president and CEO, David Edmondson, regarding lies on his resume which brought him down.
Maybe you’re a few credits shy of what you needed to graduate. Maybe you carried the duties of a supervisor without the title or the pay.
It may be tempting to dress things up on your resume, say you got the degree, or held a certain title, but look at what happened to the CEO of RadioShack.
An investigation by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram discovered Dave Edmondson didn’t hold degrees in theology and psychology, despite what his resume and corporate biography said. This month, Edmondson resigned as CEO amid an internal investigation of his credentials.
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