By now, everybody has heard this. It should come as no surprise to anyone with half an ounce of gray matter between their ears.
When the case first broke, I was concerned that some spoiled brats from rich affluent families could have violated a girl in the manner in which it was presented to us. Only after seeing the details unfold did this begin to reek of a gross injustice. Only then, did I even post on it. Not only does this clearly illustrate the reason why people should not rush to judgment, it demonstrates the kind of outcome that can occur when you allow mob-rule to dictate actions, rather than the rule of law.
Lives have been ruined over this, but those that rushed to judgment probably will not suffer much. An exception to this may be DA Nifong, who used this as a campaign issue to get the black vote in his re-election bid. But overall, those that used this as a platform to bully him will not have to answer for this; they will likely get their usual pass from the media and the justice system, because of the racial component involved here.
But PYY issues no such passes. Therefore, for whatever it is worth, PYY is issuing the the following condemnations and is calling for the following things to happen:
PYY condemns the woman, Crystal Gail Mangum, who made up this farce for whatever reason she chose to do so. In additon to this, PYY calls for charges to be brought against her for perjury and filing a false police report.
PYY condemns the Prosecutor in this case, Mike Nifong. The reason this was such a circus to begin with, was clearly because this man shirked his sworn duties to uphold the law and apply it fairly to all individuals, regardless of race, creed, or national origin. He failed. In addition, he should step down as DA or be removed, if he refuses to do so. (Future cases will be affected, if this does not happen.) Then, he should be investigated by the NC AG for criminal misconduct. And the families should sue the hell out of him and force him to liquidate everything he owns, for violating these men's constitutional rights.
PYY condemns the all of those in the Duke University academic community that rushed to judgment and calls for each one that spoke publicly about this before the facts were known, to apologize in public. In addition, Duke University administrators should pick up the tab for any future education expenses, whether it's at Duke or not.
PYY condemns Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the Black Panther Militia for whipping up this frenzy. Realizing there is little legal recourse that can be taken against them, they still bear a great deal of responsibility in the events that have taken place over the last year, in this travesty of American justice. They should publicly apologize, Sharpton should have the three men and their families on his show and allow them to conduct their own inquisition against him, like he did with Imus. I do not know if Jesse has a show or not, but all he has to do is call a press conference and the media will flock to him. (He should also rescind his offer of a scholarship made to the woman, earlier, and in the same breaths that condemned these young men.) Real men with valued principles would do this, but they are the dictionary examples of hypocrisy and I will not hold my breath waiting for it to happen. As for the Militia, they are hatemongers that advance intolerance and create more ill-will than they cure. They too should apologize, and disband.
PYY condemns the feminists and women's groups that, along with the race-baiters, whipped this up into a frenzy. They should do the same thing, being asked of Sharpton, Jackson, and the Militia. But again, it's probably not going to happen.
PYY condemns the mainstream media that presented this in such a biased angle and gave an audience to these aforementioned groups and individuals. Their actions are most deplorable, because without media this case would have stayed local and most likely could have been resolved a long time ago. But with the extra attention it got, Mr. Nifong got drunk on the publicity and the attention that it brought to him personally. And being the quintessential politician that he has proven himself to be, he ate it all up, while he held the cards. The media enabled him to do this. If there is any possible case against those outlets that catalyzed this into the farce that it soon became, I would recommend they start looking at a settlement, now (SEE: Richard Jewell and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
If anything good can come out of this case (and again, I doubt there will), maybe it will be to discover the old concept of letting the justice system work, first, before there is a cry foul. There's nothing wrong with keeping pressure on our elected law enforcement officials, to see that the law is upheld and justice is done. But we, as a society, cannot allow thugs, miscreants, liars, those with a political angle, and the openly biased "dirty laundry" seeking media to prosecute people, while violating their rights. There must be accountability for those that poured fuel on this fire, as well as those that started it.