Dustin Faeder 
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Re: “Local attorneys exit the Vanderbilt rape case as California counsel prepares an aggressive strategy

Misidentifications happen. False testimony happens. False confessions happen. These are all common in criminal law. Memory is fallible. That is enough of an explanation of why Boyd at one point said Carta-Samuels was there. One person's statement that another person participated in a crime is often not enough for a conviction, and is never enough after it is retracted. This is as it should be. While several players obviously transgressed, the process so far speaks quite well for itself, in this attorney's opinion.

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Posted by Dustin Faeder on 11/24/2013 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Local attorneys exit the Vanderbilt rape case as California counsel prepares an aggressive strategy

Speaking as an attorney who has represented hundreds of criminal defendants through the public defender's office in Ann Arbor, MI, there are essentially two levels of culpability here:

The first level is having raped the girl. None of the students who raped her are still at Vandy, and they are facing serious criminal charges. Vandy did not try to cover it up; rather, they immediately called both campus and city police. It seems we have no argument that Vandy handled their cases appropriately.

The second level is students who did not rape the girl, but were involved in moving her from a hallway floor into a dorm room bed and/or helping cover up the crime. Chris Boyd, to my knowledge, is the only student who fits in this category. He struck a plea deal with prosecutors and received probation as an accessory after the fact. For those who are not familiar with probation, it comes with much hassle and expense, and can snowball into more serious punishment if he misbehaves again. Vanderbilt has kicked Chris Boyd off its football team. In my opinion, that is sufficient punishment for his actions. Moreover, although I certainly do not support moving an intoxicated, unconscious sexual assault victim rather than contacting the authorities, I can at least understand the protective urge to move an unconscious person from a hallway floor to a warm bed in a nearby room.

Regarding the quarterback, I'm not sure why he's in this discussion at all. The prosecution has stated they have no evidence that he was involved. At some point somebody may have said his name, perhaps by accident, but that doesn't justify crucifying him without any evidence.

Finally, for a comparison of how Vanderbilt handled this case to how another major university, the University of Michigan, handled a similar case, check out this link:

http://www.washtenawwatchdogs.com/4/post/2013/08/the-cover-up-of-the-arrest-of-university-of-michigan-football-player-brendan-gibbons-for-rape.html

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Posted by Dustin Faeder on 11/24/2013 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Local attorneys exit the Vanderbilt rape case as California counsel prepares an aggressive strategy

Why do you want to see Chris Boyd punished so harshly? He didn't rape the girl. He tried to help cover it up after it happened, and he has been appropriately punished for it.

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Posted by Dustin Faeder on 11/22/2013 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Local attorneys exit the Vanderbilt rape case as California counsel prepares an aggressive strategy

Actually Vandy has done a great job with this case. They have cooperated fully with the authorities and disciplined the students much more swiftly and harshly than many other universities would have.

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Posted by Dustin Faeder on 11/21/2013 at 12:14 PM

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