"It's part of the reality of collegiate life and of experimentation and some of the consequences of students not necessarily always being in the right place at the right time.".“This happens around the country. Duke is no different in that respect.”
"Part of the problem is who is defining social norms," says Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs. "TV shows and popular music celebrate drugs, drinking, and casual sex. Students seem to want an accelerated approach to relationships so that it becomes almost utilitarian."
"People of intelligence, thoughtful people, will understand the dramatic difference here, but will hold us accountable and look to our response."
"It's this preppy arrogance that they will never be held accountable for what they've done -- that their daddies will get them out of it," said Eugene Brown, a Durham city councilman who lives on Buchanan Boulevard, a block from the rental house.."To use an old phrase, they saw themselves as being cool cats, and they used my neighborhood as their sandbox."
“As news of the reported rape spread through the blogosphere Monday, many people questioned whether District Attorney Mike Nifong would show the same interest in the investigation as he did the Duke lacrosse case.”."We haven't made any arrests or anything yet," said Maj. L.A. Russ of the Durham Police Department. "He would not get involved this early.".“But in the lacrosse case, Nifong assumed control of the investigation, according to police reports, before any charges were filed.”
“Every rape is a serious case,” Nifong told the Herald Sun. “But some speak to the community in a different manner. This is one of them.”
"The information that I have does lead me to conclude that a rape did occur," Nifong said. "I'm making a statement to the Durham community and, as a citizen of Durham, I am making a statement for the Durham community. This is not the kind of activity we condone, and it must be dealt with quickly and harshly."."This is a case we felt we needed a quick turnaround," Nifong said. "There's a lot up in the air, and 40-some people waiting on this."."Nifong, who said Monday that he himself will prosecute the case, said authorities may apply for more search warrants in the case and that more charges for aiding and abetting may be possible against partygoers.."There's a good chance if someone had spoken up and said, 'You can't do this,' it might not have happened," Nifong said. March 27, 2006 WRAL
“Brodhead found out March 20, when Vice President Larry Moneta told him "the
accusations were not credible and were unlikely to amount to anything."
“…by the alacrity of the police intervention in the case and promised arrest in a matter of less than a day, you can tell that there is a DIFFERENCE being made when the accused is a black male compared to how long it took the DPD to mosey over to the LAX house in the prior case....48 hours! They were on the scene at THIS house in under 3-4 hours,tops! As I predicted, the race of the victim determined the swiftness of the police response! Also,the race of the suspect is influencing the prediction of an arrest in 24-48 hours.....quite a difference from how long it took the LAX players to be charged and arrested as we all know!”
“a white girl was raped at a duke party this weekend and the police were there in minutes of being called and they are going to arrest the suspect in the next 24 hours and he is black; that is totally different from the way the lax team was treated. they were not interviewed about a rape/sexual assault until 48 hours later despite the victim being in police custody immediately after the party and the police could have come back that night and investigated the scene but no, the victim was poor and black and they did not care about investigating. The white girl charged rape and the police were there within seconds and taking people in for questioning.”