Well, I was intrigued by the case enough to watch 60 Minutes, something I never do. The more I see and hear of the case, the more I'm convinced, the kids aren't guilty. If this woman even was raped, they almost certainly aren't the perps.
In the original photo lineup, the 'victim' couldn't or didn't pick any of them. She picked them in a second photo lineup, some time later. Did her hazy memory, fogged by alcohol and a muscle relaxant, improve with time?
Second, the photo lineups had no 'fillers'. These are guys who had nothing to do with the crime, but are put in to make sure the victim isn't randomly fingering people.
Third, there was no DNA evidence or sperm, even though the 'victim' claims the rapists didn't use condoms, and she says she's sure one of them ejaculated inside her.
Fourth, atleast one of the perps appears to have an air tight alibi.
Fifth, the medical exam was inconclusive at best. The nurse found evidence of recent sexual intercourse, but it was likely consensual. The victim told police she'd had sex with her bf earlier that day.
Sixth, the cuts she had appeared to have been there before the alleged assault.
There are even more discrepancies, but you get the idea.
The most troubling aspect of this case is that the DA, up for re-election in a largely African-American community, has made statements to the effect of 'I'm not going to let these rich white kids buy their way out of this."
Is this guy so without a conscience that he's willing to send 3 innocent kids to prison for 30 years to further his career?
And if so, the next question for me is: why do we have elected DAs? Why aren't they appointed for a term, like judges? EB, do you have any expertise in this area? Am I being naive? Help me understand because it seems awful to me, and I grow more certain that the number of innocent men in prison is greater than I'd feared when I hear of reckless DAs like Nyfong.