PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2475 times:
Even as the alleged Duke lacrosse rape case garners huge nationwide attention, another case involving a college athlete accused of rape has gotten minimal attention in the mainstream media - and almost no attention in the blogosphere, which of course has gotten its collective panties in a twist over the Duke case.
Lamar Owens, the black quarterback of the U.S. Naval Academy's football team, is facing a court martial after being charged with raping a female midshipman in her dorm room last January (AFAIK, the alleged victim's race has not been disclosed). The weaknesses in the prosecution's case in the Duke lacrosse affair have gotten widespread attention, for example the victim's criminal record, a possibly exculpatory ATM receipts, inconsistencies in witness statements, and so on. Yet there are certain claimed defenses in the Owens case which, if true, seem far more significant:
- the alleged victim's roommate was sleeping in the same room and didn't wake up;
- the alleged victim didn't scream or otherwise call for help, even though (a) there were many people nearby including her roommate and (b) she said she didn't feel physically threatended into keeping quiet; and
- the alleged victim now says that maybe she actually did invite Owens to her room and consent to sex, but she was so trashed at the time that she can't remember for sure.
Could race really be the factor in the enormous difference in media and blogosphere attention these cases are getting?
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2464 times:
Quoting PROSA (Thread starter): Could race really be the factor in the enormous difference in media and blogosphere attention these cases are getting?
Of course. In the Duke case, a bunch of rich white kids at a high class school, happen off campus, local authorities. Makes for some serious attention. Meanwhile, black backup no name quarterback, happened on campus, military case. The press doesn't understand the military justice system.
Given what I've read, it appears that there is more than reasonable doubt in the Navy case, and that the Navy is just trying to find something that will stick. Hopefully Lamar Owens life isn't ruined over this incident.