So I was driving home from work last night, listening to the news on the local NPR station, when they turned to the latest developments in the Duke lacrosse case. North Carolina officials dropped all charges against the three lacrosse players, citing a district attorney who rushed blindly to judgement and overlooked or ignored exculpatory evidence.
I don't have a problem with that. If the facts don't support the filing of charges, then charges should not be filed. And if they've already been filed, then they should be dropped. That's how our justice system is supposed to work, after all.
The thing that put a burr under my saddle, though, were some of the comments made by one of the three exonerated players (possibly David Evans, though I can't find a clip on the NPR site that matches what I remember hearing on the radio yesterday to verify that). The young man in question thanked his lawyers for their efforts on his behalf--and then went on to say that he'd been lucky that his family was sufficiently wealthy that they could afford to hire some good lawyers.
Nothing wrong with that, either, at least on its face. He should thank the people who worked their butts off to get the charges dropped, and he is lucky that he comes from money--because otherwise, he'd probably still be sitting in jail, looking at the very real probability that he'd be looking at the world from behind bars until he was nearly of an age to retire.