Consider This: Duke Case Follow Up

We received a number of e-mails and even a few phone calls in response to last week's commentary on the Duke Rape Case, and at least one person thinks we were way off-base.

"I do not advocate racial strife and sir this is a motion to do just that. I can't help but to know, the media are what is wrong with this country and the way stories are told and who ought to watch out and who is doing what! I really feel if you don't have something constructive to fill you(r) day you didn't do it yesterday morning."

Those comments are from an unsigned e-mail, and they wrote more. You can read all of it and the other responses we received on our website.

It was the only negative response we received.

The other comments were more like this, "Thanks, you have made the point that I have been trying to make for the last 12 years. We claim that a person is considered to be innocent until proven guilty. When I was accused of sexual harassment I was considered to be guilty simply because I was accused."

"I totally agree with your opinion and have wondered why that young lady has not been charged with anything. This whole fiasco has cost the taxpayers a huge amount of money beside(s) the devastation it caused the accused Duke players and their families. Also, the school's reputation suffered and all the other young men on the Lacrosse team. The coach and his family were also harmed emotionally and financially by this woman's accusations. I would have thought Duke would have not jumped to conclusions so quickly and waited until more information and/or evidence was available."

Frankly, there were a lot of mistakes made in this case by a number of individuals and organizations, but it all began with a false accusation. North Carolina law should not only protect victims, but it should also protect the innocent from false accusations of a crime.

That's what we think. Tell us what you think. (kd)