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Bad Options at Duke

You don't have to be clairvoyant to know this Duke thing is going to end badly. If you think about the potential outcomes there are only four:

Option 1: the woman is telling the truth and the players are convicted of rape and sent to prison
Option 2a: the woman is telling the truth and the players get off
Option 2b: the woman is lying and the players are exonerated
Option 3: the woman is lying and the players are convicted of rape and sent to prison

Option 1 is the "best" (and believe me I use that term in the most relative possible way) possible outcome in that the accuser is telling the truth and the justice system works properly. In Option 2a, the justice system fails a truthful accuser, doing her serious harm. With Option 2b, the justice system works (kind of) in that the players are exonerated, but not before an untruthful accusation has done their lives and reputations serious harm. And, clearly, Option 3 is the nightmare scenario where the accuser is lying and the justice sytems fails and the players are wrongly convicted and sent to prison for a crime they did not commit.

RELATED: Kathleen Parker on myth versus fact. Drudge has linked to photos from the night in question which defense lawyers says will help prove their clients' innocence.