The State of North Carolina has dropped all charges against the Duke University lacrosse players.
It's about time.
I imagine that Blog World will be awash in condemnations of Mike Nifong before too long, and he is well deserving of all those -- and more.
The real tragedy of the Duke rape case is the fact that the lives of everyone involved have been smashed.
And smashed for no good reason.
The players, of course, have lost 13 months out of their lives and will face suspicion for the rest of history. Their reputations are right down the khazi. And I guarantee that their legal defence will be in the millions of dollars.
Duke University caught heat for not doing anything, then caught just as much hell for doing too much. The Media criticised them for defending the players until Duke did an about-face -- and now the same Media is criticising Duke for not sticking up for the players.
The accuser had her private life yanked out and displayed for all the leering masses to examine and gossip over. Just as much as the players, the accuser will face suspicion for the rest of her life. And -- just as much as the players -- her reputation will forever be in the bog, too.
The coach did his best to deal with his players. He expressly warned the lacrosse team to behave themselves, yet got forced out of his position by Duke as part of the University Arse-Covering Campaign to Prove We're Doing Something So The Media Will Get Off Our Backs.
Mike Nifong will not be discussed here, but it's safe to say that Mikey's career is toast.
Seems to me that the only folks who made out at the end of this sorry affair were the Media. Sniffing a story containing sex, sports, race, violence, bad boys, class structure and a Major Southern Elite University, the Media became bound, bent and determined to turn a simple sexual assault investigation into a referendum on perceived political, social and cultural issues -- to the detriment of Justice and all involved.
Would Mike Nifong have pushed a shaky case as far as he did if the Media hadn't encouraged him?
I don't know.
I firmly believe, however, if the Media had left this one alone, Justice would have been served a lot sooner, and the damage to all would have been considerably less.
If the Media had let this one be tried in the Justice System, by the Justice system, rather than on TeeVee by blow-dried, plastic talking Barbie dolls who wouldn't know a 'chain of custody' if they were beaten about the head and shoulder with one, the process would have been less traumatic to all.
A sad, sad commentary on Modern Media, and our society as a whole.