Plea to Duke Rape Claimant: PLEASE Volunteer for a Polygraph Test
Another year, another Duke alleged rape case.
Set forth below is the beginning of a News & Observer article by Jessica Rocha, dated February 12, 2007 and entitled "Duke student says she was raped," reporting the alleged rape of a female Duke student by an unidentified male the day before in a bathroom at an off-campus party.
"DURHAM - Police are investigating allegations that a Duke University student was raped at an off-campus party on Gattis Street around 3 a.m. Sunday.
"More than 50 people attended a rowdy party over the weekend at 405 Gattis St., a duplex where several male Duke students live, according to Durham police. Neighbors said large number of cars were parked along the street and loud music blared from the house.
"An 18-year-old woman said she was raped in a bathroom of the residence, according to a Durham police news release.
"Police had not charged anyone but released a description of a suspect. The man is described as being in his late teens or early 20s, about 6-foot-1 and wearing a black do-rag, a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans, according to a police news release...."
One would not know it from the article, but the woman referred to in the article is white and the alleged rapist is black.
The News & Observer did not make a secret of the fact that the false accuser in the Duke case (Crystal Gail Mangum, a name The News & Observer prefers not to print) is black and was accusing young white men of gang raping her.
It's called a double standard.
Be that as it may, I have one standard: suggesting to rape claimants that they voluntarily submit to a polygraph test.
I urge the Duke student now claiming to have been raped to do so, for (1) her sake, (2) the sakes of genuine rape victims and (3) the sakes of those falsely accused of rape (examples: Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans).
We need both actual rapists to be caught and convicted and those who pose as rape victims to be punished for doing so.
The powers that be in Durham, North Carolina would do well to read the decision of Lord Mansfield in 1569 (when Elizabeth I was Queen). Lord Mansfield ruled that "[e]veryone who comes to this island is entitled to the protection of English law, whatever oppression he may have suffered and whatever may be the colour of his skin" and proclaimed, "Let Justice be done, though the Heavens may fall."
The Duke case sent the message that out-of-state whites may be persecuted on account of the color of their skin.
Going from a criminal justice system that abused blacks to one that abuses whites is change, but not progress.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.