DBR concludes, "Shame on Malaklou for such a McCarthyistic attack, and shame on the Herald-Sun for allowing it in print. The paper has become a laughingstock in recent years, but this is a new low."
So there are three basic points here to consider:
- Malaklou admits Nifong is abusing the system
- Malaklou doesn't care that he is abusing the system because the lacrosse players need to be punished regardless of guilt in this particular case.
- Malaklou infers that the alleged rape is not the first rape by a lacrosse player.
- Malaklou also maintains that one of the strippers is not willing to put up with their allegedly criminal behavior.
So unless we misunderstand, regardless of whether or not they have committed the crimes for which they are charged, Malaklou thinks this is perfectly acceptable behavior by a prosecutor.
This is madness. Once we abandon the rule of law, the mob is never far away.
The Herald-Sun has, it seems, been willing to print any item, no matter how defamatory, against lacrosse players. Without providing any evidence (because none exists), Duke professor Thomas Crowley penned an op-ed claiming that team members “had a previously established history of rowdiness tarnished with racial comments.” Also without providing any evidence (because none exist), Malaklou contended that “very rarely are the Duke lacrosse players not partying or drinking.”
“Very rarely” is a somewhat vague term, but at the very least, it would imply that less than half the time “are the Duke lacrosse players not partying or drinking”—an astonishing claim, given that the players are varsity athletes who, as the Coleman Committee report revealed, are also very good students. I asked Malaklou what evidence she had for her assertion, and she replied, “I am talking about the whole lot of them. Duke Lacrosse players live in a culture of excessive alcohol and partying, and they are reputed to be the most ridiculous and outrageous drunks on campus.” [emphasis added]
Malaklou conceded, in the end, that “the only evidence I have of their ‘partying’ and ‘drinking,’ therefore, are my own experiences with them”—which would imply that, to have knowledge of the lacrosse players’ habits, she, too, “very rarely” would have to be “not partying or drinking.” Malaklou might have provided this fact to Herald-Sun readers, so they could judge her claims accordingly.
Malaklou added that she knew many lacrosse players, and produced her op-ed “as a friend and as a woman.” If only all Duke students could be so fortunate as to have such a “friend.”