A recent commenter at More about the Addison Motion clanger thinks not, saying in part:
I am prepared to be shocked, SHOCKED, if the LAX team win any of the suits.My response:
Each and every one of these INNOCENT young men were done in by the government - and now we hope and pray the same government will rule in our favor.
Governments in the U. S. sometimes do wrong and sometimes do right.
I have some knowledge of the careers of four of the lead attorneys in the three suits – Brendan Sullivan, Barry Scheck, Charles Cooper and Robert Ekstrand. They're outstanding attorneys, with the first three nationally known and respected within the legal community.
All four attorneys have had considerable success working within our legal system to secure right and justice for their clients.
Their successes to date give supporters of the Duke lacrosse players strong reason to believe the attorneys will be successful using the court system to secure some measure of justice for the players and their families, and some consequences for those who abused them, including those who abused police and prosecutor powers.
And keep something else in mind: Duke University has asserted the suits don’t have merit as far as it, its trustees and many of its employees, including President Brodhead, bearing any culpability for events related to the hoax, the frame-up attempt and the ongoing cover-up.
Yet in early February of this year, just weeks after attorney Ekstrand filed an amended complaint in federal court, Greensboro, we read in the Durham Herald Sun:
Court papers filed this week indicate that Washington, D.C., attorney Jamie Gorelick will assist two Greensboro litigators in representing the school.The rest of the H-S story’s here.
They're also the attorneys of record for the Duke University Police Department, Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Steel, school President Richard Brodhead and numerous other university officials.
Gorelick was deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration, and in that capacity was responsible for supervising the country's appointed federal prosecutors. …
She and the Greensboro lawyers, Donald Cowan Jr. and Dixie Wells, will help Duke try to fend off allegations made by current or former lacrosse players Breck Archer, Ryan McFadyen and Matt Wilson. …
In retaining attorney Gorelick, Duke was acknowledging that despite its public assertions it and the other Duke defendants bear no culpability for actions and inactions related to the hoax, frame-up attempt and ongoing cover-up, it knows a federal court could very likely find otherwise.