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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
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Date:  July 12, 2007
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Duke Case: Stefanie Williams Says It All

What scares THEM, Stefanie, are people like you, young liberals who care about the truth, don't want to be hypocritical and don't want to frame innocent people to serve a supposed "higher truth" or "greater good."

"It's really long, so I doubt it will be published anywhere, but I sent it to NYT, Daily News, NYP, Newsday, Long Island Press, and I will be sending it to some NC papers as well....I know it's long, but it has the ability to be cut down. I thought it was a good draft anyway."

So Maryland University senior Stefanie Williams prefaced her lament on the personal and societal tragedy and legal travesty known as the Duke case.

Stefanie, the North Carolina NAACP won't publish it, no matter how much your late dad did for poor blacks and how well your parents raised you to eschew racial bigotry. Neither will the political correctness extremists who wanted false accuser Crystal Gail Mangum's lurid and ludicrous gang rape tale to be true. But plenty of my readers respect a young liberal like you for following the evidence and not letting yourself be brainwashed or blinded to the truth.

So, one more time...Ms. (or Miss, in case Reade Seligmann or Brad Bannon is wondering) Stefanie Williams:

Stefanie, it's the love of money, not money, that is the root of all evil.

Scapegoating is common. The members of the 2005-2006 Duke University Men's Lacrosse Team were scapegoated, not because their accuser was credible and her original claim of being gang raped by white racist white lacrosse players (she gave Devon Sherwood a pass, but he didn't need one either) was much more plausible that the "I was gang raped while levitating" version that conveniently served as the fig leaf for the North Carolina Attorney General's decision not to prosecute her for a false rape charge because she has mental problems.

I sent former FEMA director Michael D. Brown my article entitled "The Duke case/Hurricane Katrina lessons", in which I quoted an emailer who thinks the New Orleans levees were deliberately destroyed for racial reasons.

Mr. Brown replied:

"OK, I confess....we blew up the levees at the instruction of POTUS. You should have seen me sticking dynamite in little holes in the middle of the night.

"That people think this is very scary...."

Mr. Brown's first sentence is attempted comic relief; his second, serious as a massive heart attack or stroke.

The people who "think like that" about Hurricane Katrina and the Duke men's lacrosse players ARE very scary, and the people who manipulate them (like former Durham County, North Carolina District Attorney Michael B. Nifong) are even more scary.

What scares THEM, Stefanie, are people like you, young liberals who care about the truth, don't want to be hypocritical and don't want to frame innocent people to serve a supposed "higher truth" or "greater good."

One can't justify or excuse bad behavior by explaining that it is typical, no matter how hard one might try, of course, but you did provide helpful context and you didn't leap to an erroneous conclusion about what really happened at that ill-considered party.

Michael J. Gaynor

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Biography - Michael J. Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.

The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.

Gaynor currently contributes regularly to,,, and and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.

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