(CBS/AP)A jury might never hear about the rape allegations made to police 10 years ago by the exotic dancer who says she was raped last month by three Duke University lacrosse players, a prosecutor said Friday.
District Attorney Mike Nifong said North Carolina's rape shield law lists "narrowly defined categories" under which evidence of an accuser's past sexual history is allowed as evidence. The court must hold a hearing to determine if the evidence meets those categories and to decide how it can be presented.
"In short, the jury that decides this case may or may not hear the 'evidence,'" Nifong said.
"The media are not bound by the same rules that govern our courts," he said. "Their decisions on what to report and how they report it (can) have a substantial impact on the ability of our system to effectuate justice. That impact is often positive. Unfortunately, it can also be negative."
In the 1996 report, the woman claims she was raped and beaten by three men when she was 14 years old. Authorities said none of the men named in the report was ever charged with sexual assault in nearby Granville County, where the woman said she was attacked.
Nifong's office contacted Creedmoor police Friday morning, seeking information about the incident report, said Mayor Darryl Moss. He and police Chief Ted Pollard said officials there are continuing to look for additional records, but have so far been unable to locate any other paperwork.
Relatives told Essence magazine in an online story this week that the woman declined to pursue the case out of fear for her safety.
A phone number for the accuser has been disconnected, and her father said Thursday night he remembered little about the incident except going with police to a home where he said his daughter was being held "against her will."
The existence of the earlier rape report surprised defense attorneys in the Duke case, who have sought information about the woman's past for use in attacking her credibility.
"That's the very first I've heard of that," said Bill Cotter, the attorney for indicted lacrosse player Collin Finnerty. He declined additional comment.
Feminists have told us that due to the nature of the act, women are incapable of lying about rape. But that's nothing more than hatred towards men and sexist drivel.
Yet, what even more interesting to me is how the liberals have reacted to this woman’s case, treating her like some modern-day Rosa Parks all because she's Black and the alleged perpetrators are white. Time and time again when it's a case of a Black person accusing a white person of a crime, their first reaction isn’t to debate the issues surrounding the case, rather they seek to make it about racism.
Right now the talking points from the Left on the Duke stripper are out, and they tell their minions to excuse the woman's past, excuse the choice she made to earn money, excuse the salacious lifestyles of strippers, excuse the fact that there is no DNA evidence purporting rape, excuse the second stripper at the party already coming out and saying that she didn't think a rape happened (before going to PR firm in New York because she's "worried about letting this opportunity pass me by without making the best of it") and excuse the alleged rapists seemingly concrete alibis. The libs want defenders to say that opposition to the stripper's story are either white themselves or "sellouts"--now how tired is that?
Again, when a woman falsely accuses a man of rape, she not only makes if harder for real victims of rape, but she should be sued for every penny she's got.