Duke Case Update
BDP looks at the new evidence
released in the case today and concludes that it's not going to help the prosecution.
I covered this story quite a bit back in April, but quickly came to the conclusion that the young men implicated were almost certainly innocent of anything other than being crude frat boys. It is disappointing that the prosecutor has not reached that point.
Note this point, actually from the New York Times article on the case:In Officer Himan’s handwritten notes, the woman described all three as chubby or heavy. Adam: “white male, short, red cheeks fluffy hair chubby face, brn.” Matt: “Heavy set short haircut 260-270.” Bret: “Chubby.” The descriptions in Sergeant Gottlieb’s notes are more detailed and correspond more closely to the men later arrested: Collin Finnerty, 20, a slender 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds with light hair; Mr. Evans, 23, 5-foot-10, 190 pounds and with dark hair; and Mr. Seligmann, 20, who is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds with dark hair.
Sergeant Gottlieb wrote: “She described the three men as 1) W/M, young, blonde hair, baby faced, tall and lean, 2) W/M, medium height (5’8”+ with Himan’s build), dark hair medium build, and had red (rose colored) cheeks, and the third suspect as being a W/M, 6+ feet, large build with dark hair.”
The difference? Gottlieb wrote his notes after the fact, while Himan wrote them at the time. Colin Finnerty is certainly not chubby.