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Duke Lacrosse In The News Again

Four years after their program was nearly shut down by false rape allegations and an out of control D.A., the Duke lacrosse team completed their comeback from the brink of extinction by beating Notre Dame to win the 2010 NCAA Lacrosse Championship.

While several members of the current team were freshman on the 2006 team (or committed high school seniors), who were given and extra year of eligibility to compensate for the 2006 debacle, none of the principle characters remain on the team. They all transfered to other universities and could only watch from afar.

One of those infamous members of the Duke lacrosse team, Reade Seligmann, was profiled yesterday in the Newark Star-Ledger.

His mug shot was plastered on the cover of Newsweek four springs ago with the headline: "Sex, Lies and Duke." He was facing 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit -- a crime, it was later proven, that never took place.

He will graduate from Brown University today. Seligmann, now 24, will leave the Ivy League school with a joint degree in history and public policy and attend law school in the fall, where he will pursue a career focused on reducing the number of innocent people behind bars.

People like him.

Ultimately the significance of the games you play in high school or college fade; what really matters is what you do with the rest of your life. That's a lesson that Reade Seligmann appears to have learned.


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It's great that someone lea... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

It's great that someone learned a lesson here, at least.

Certainly the 88 Duke faculty members who signed a letter condemning the lacrosse players haven't learned anything. I believe only one of them ever acknowledged their error with an apology to those he defamed; many of the rest have gone on to coveted positions at other schools, but none were ever disciplined or removed by Duke University.

Of course, it is understandable how the entire academic and leftist establishments were taken in - who ever would have thought that a stripper might lie? Especially a minority stripper, about white boys who play a rich kids' sport?

The reluctance of nearly all the academics who elbowed each other out of the way to be first in line to condemn the eeeeeevil lacrosse players to even admit their mistake, not to mention attempt to make amends with at least an apology, tells us rather a lot about the state of "higher education" in the United States today.

For the Left - which dominates modern American faculties and rules with an iron PC glove - it is far more important to follow "The Narrative" than to discover the truth.

Congratulations to Duke Lacrosse 2010! I had high hopes for Virginia this year, but an actual tragic crime hit us this year. We can only wish ours had been some made-up hooker story.

A minor quibble: "One of t... (Below threshold)

A minor quibble: "One of those infamous members of the Duke lacrosse team..."

The adjective "infamous" is pejorative. A better choice might be "slandered" or "beleaguered." Mr. Seligmann's notoriety was not the result of his own actions but those of a liar and of a corrupt prosecutor.

Good luck to you, Seligmann... (Below threshold)

Good luck to you, Seligmann. The best revenge is living well.

I agree with the earlier po... (Below threshold)

I agree with the earlier poster:

"Good luck to you, Seligmann. The best revenge is living well."

It's terrible that a lie almost cost him his freedom.






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