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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

No Due Process for Duke

Two Duke University lacrosse players were arrested early Tuesday on charges of rape, sexual offense and kidnapping, FOX News has confirmed. xxx In 2004, there were 209,880 victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assaults according to the 2004 National Crime Victimization Survey (pdf). Of the average annual 204,370 victims in 2003-2004, about 65,510 were victims of completed rape, 43,440 were victims of attempted rape, and 95,420 were victims of sexual assault.
Were any of these rapes a part of the Fox News Alerts? Were any of these rapes brought to our attention, ad nauseum, on other news channels? Doubtful.
What these irresponsible media outlets do is create guilt before a regular court trial commences, as they try the cases on national television. The person making allegations, the prosecutors seeking public approval get the benefit while the real victims are the person(s) charged with the alleged crime. They are guilty before having the opportunity to prove their innocence. This is due process, a constitutional right.
How many suspects have spent months in jail in the Natalee Holloway case? Three young men have had their innocence challenged while the missing young ladies family members have had their day in court on Fox for hours upon hours. The case has virtually been tried numerous times on cable news with varying verdicts by the pundits.
What is the other side of this story. One father spoke out on ABC this morning.
When Brian Loftus heard his twin sons were not the two Duke lacrosse players indicted by a grand jury today, his first reaction was relief, the second despair. "I got word that my two kids weren't two of the kids being indicted. It was like, you know, one of those bittersweet things, a relief," Loftus told ABC's Chris Cuomo in an exclusive interview. "But right now, I'm sick to my stomach. … I'm not an emotional person, but I was crying earlier today because those two kids' lives are ruined, I mean totally ruined. For the next six [months] to nine months, they're going to be scrutinized as criminals and I know these kids. It's the furthest thing from that." "Both my sons vehemently, all they ever told me was, 'Dad, nothing happened. Nobody did anything,'" Loftus said. Loftus added that the "Blue Wall of Silence" was a myth, and that all the players were willing to cooperate with authorities. "These kids were willing to take polygraphs. These kids were willing to take blood tests. They were willing to come down and give statements," Loftus said. "They did everything. They gave their DNA. We thought once we give that, that it was going to be over. … But every night, every day, all we see on the TV is, we're hiding something. Obviously there's nothing to hide." "I'm not an emotional person, but every day I cry. I have tears in my eyes. I feel like the world's been pulled underneath my feet," Loftus said. "My kids, when you hear them sobbing on the phone that their lives are destroyed and you hear other people saying the same thing you wonder what went wrong. And we know nothing went wrong. I cannot stress that any more. Nothing happened that night."
This isn't widely reported. In all the news alerts the pictures are of the accused in hand cuffs or sitting in court. The Fox declaration is "Fair and Balanced....We Report, You Decide." xxx
Isn't a criminal case for the courts to decide, not the general public tuning into the news? It isn't for Fox, CNN, MSNBC et al to decide either! Besides the students, Duke University is on constant damage control. The press continues to call the university, "elite" and "elitest" as if everyone associated with Duke is rich, shown favortism and corrupt. The media indictment tends to blame the whole campus for allegations yet to be proven.

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Blogger Travis said...

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4/18/2006 04:07:00 PM  
Blogger Liberally Conservative said...

I understand this whole Duke LaCrosse team has problems, including legal troubles in some cases.

My point was the media is trumping up guilt before a formal trial has been executed.

The right to fair trial is dimished with the publicity and Greta Van Susterns of the world trying the case on TV.

We must not pre-judge people on anything more than the evidence; Not other instances of trouble, innuendo or the opinions of pundits.

Advertising firm Leo Burnett said it takes about 9 times to have a commercial convince a person to buy. How many Fox alerts does it take to comdemn someone as guilty before due process has taken place?

4/18/2006 04:32:00 PM  

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