Charges In Duke Lacrosse Case?

Defense attorneys believe charges could be filed Monday in the case of a black stripper who alleges she was raped by three white men at a party thrown by Duke's lacrosse team in Durham.

Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong has rejected calls by attorneys to drop the case while refusing for more than two weeks to talk with reporters about the investigation.

That silence has left a number of unanswered questions, the answers to which could determine whether he's able to win any indictments in the explosive dispute.

At the top of the list: was there any sex at the March 13th party? Nifong has repeatedly cited a medical exam of the alleged victim as the reason he believes a rape occurred. But defense attorneys representing the so-far uncharged players insist that not only was there no rape, there was no sex.

Meanwhile, the second dancer who appeared at the party says the other dancer was under the influence of some substance when she left the party where she alleges she was raped.

The unidentified woman spoke in an interview aired last night on
WNCN-TV in Raleigh.

She said the alleged victim looked fine when she arrived at the party, but her demeanor changed dramatically later in the night. She says the alleged victim was, quote, "definitely a totally different woman than she was when I first met her."

The woman, whose identity was not revealed, says she doesn't
believe Durham authorities would be investigating if no crime had
occurred.


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