Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Duke's Moneta: "Nothing To Add." Really?

Larry Moneta is Duke's Vice President for Student Affairs.

According to Durham Police Investigator Benjamin Himan, one of two principal DPD investigators in the Duke lacrosse case, he interviewed Moneta on Apr. 20, 2006 at a police station at Northgage Mall, located about 10 minutes from Moneta's office.

Here are Himan's notes of the meeting as published at Liestoppers:

4/20/06 1303hrs - Met with Larry Moneta at Station 2. Mr. Moneta stated that he had been with Duke at his position for the past five years. He stated that he was first contacted by sue while he was in Naples, Florida he stated the date of the 25th but after a moment stated his dates were wrong and that he was contacted the 15th by Sue Woselak. He stated that he was informed of the incident but from sue that it was not a credible report from the stand point of the sexual assault accusation. He stated that he told her to notify john burness the senior vice president of community affairs. He stated that he also met with the parents when Mr. Alleva had the meeting with the parents. Mr. Moneta stated he had nothing to add in reference to anything involving this case.
CAUTION: Everything that appears in Himan's notes may not be true. (But you already knew that)

Well, OK, how about this caution? Any part of Himan's notes may be incomplete, with significant information omitted.

I think that's the case with Himan's notes of his interview with Moneta.

According to Himan's notes, all Moneta said worth notiing was:
On March 15 he was called by Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek who told him of the allegations. He told her to call Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations John Burness.

On March 25 Moneta attended a meeting Athletic Director Joe Alleva had with the lacrosse parents.

And on April 20 Moneta said he had nothing to add in reference to anything involving this case.
Gee, did Moneta really have to travel over to Northgate Mall if that's all they were going to talk about?

Couldn't he have told Himan all of that in a two or three minute phone call?

And why didn't Himan ask Moneta what Wasiolek said to him? Or what Moneta told Wasiolek to say to Burness?

And so many other questions?

By April 20, two Duke students had been indicted. Nifong and DPD were saying they were looking to indict one more. There were all the issues of the alleged stonewalling, the alleged racial slurs, access to student records protected by federal law, access to student dorms, "Wanted" and "Vigilante" posters that were circulated on campus, and much more.

But all Himan and Moneta talked about worth noting on April 20 are in Himan's notes?

You don't believe it, do you?

I don't either.

Himan's notes of his meeting with Moneta are most useful as a reminder that we have a very long way to go before we understand the "who did what and why" of first, the attempted frame-up, and then, the still on-going cover-up.

Thanks, Liestoppers, for posting Himan's notes.


Anonymous said...

It's amazing (to me, anyway) that the DPD interviewed Moneta at all given that they failed to interview so many other people surrounding the case.

Why would they interview Moneta about internal Duke conversations? What bearing would that have on the "investigation"?

Perhaps it was Moneta's first chance to help shape the investigation to the detriment of the team.

gak said...

Did anybody ever figure out who created the vigilante poster?? I'd like to know. Sorry that this is off topic