Two figures whose performance in the lacrosse case left much to be desired are taking on-line questions:
- New York Times sports page editor Tom Jolly (the person who supervised Duff Wilson);
- NAACP head William Barber (the person whose organization posted the guilt-presuming 82-point "memorandum of law").
I invite DIW readers to submit questions at the links provided above. Jolly previously provided one, vague, comment on the lacrosse case:
As far as our coverage of the case itself, if the essence of your question is whether I feel good about it, the answer is that I very much regret my failure to recognize that we were dealing with a rogue prosecutor and that the university had compounded his bravado by overreacting to the initial reports about the case. I don't recall another instance of a university canceling the season of a team that was a contender for a national championship. Nor do I recall a similar example of a prosecutor launching such an aggressively wrongheaded investigation.
But the bottom line is that I'd do some things differently, and that knowledge gained by hindsight has informed our approach to other stories since then.
Jolly has never revealed what he would have done "differently," nor what specific changes resulted from the "knowledge gained."