We all remember the Duke lacrosse rape allegations, right? In 2007, an exotic dancer claimed that she was raped at lacrosse team party. Over the course of a few hours, the details of her story changed. She was attacked by three men. No, she wasn’t attacked at all. She was attacked by as many as 20 men.
The evidence — including extensive DNA analysis — simply didn’t support her claims. Even the prosecutor, former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong — looked at the lack of evidence and said, “You know, we’re f**ked.”
We’re just spit-balling here, but it seems like the “f**ked” stage is where you abandon a case. Or at least set it aside for a a second look. But, at Nifong’s direction, Durham authorities doubled down. Search warrants were executed. College students were indicted.
And when the charges were ultimately dropped, lawsuits were filed.