Duke Lacrosse Accuser Gives Birth Early

The accuser in the Duke lacrosse players' alleged sexual assault case has given birth, a month early, by cesarian section.

Will she be ready to testify at the Feb. 5 eyewitness identification hearing?

I think she should be.

The options? She will ask Nifong to drop the case saying she doesn't want to pursue the case or Nifong will ask for a continuance on medical grounds or the hearing will proceed.

Any bets?

Blogger Betsy Newmark has an op-ed on the racial aspects of the case and Nifong's conduct in today's Washington Examiner.

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Predictions for Feb. 5 Identification Hearing
The accuser will decide not to testify and ask that the charges be dropped. 50%
DA Mike Nifong will ask for a continuance of the hearing. 50%
The hearing will proceed as scheduled. 0%
Other 0%

Votes: 8
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    first off (none / 0) (#1)
    by scribe on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 11:06:11 AM EST
    Let's all send out wishes that the mother and child are fine and whatever was the situation that necessitated an early Caesarian resolves favorably.

    I wonder whether the baby DNA test can be completed prior to the scheduled hearing.  If not, I'd expect Nifong (or the Court) to ask to adjourn to accommodate resolving as many issues in one hearing as possible.  I'll expect her to try to avoid testifying.

    And, the poll won't let me vote, for whatever reason.

    Poll fixed now (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 11:21:30 AM EST
    you should be able to vote.

    thanks! (none / 0) (#3)
    by scribe on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 11:48:43 AM EST
    Nifong (none / 0) (#4)
    by Fredo on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 12:34:56 PM EST
    I believe Nifong is simply laying the groundwork to dismiss the case and blame it on the accuser.  He has behaved outrageously.

    Does the public realize? (none / 0) (#6)
    by 1980Ford on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 05:36:46 PM EST
    Nifong isn't an anomaly, except maybe in his extremity. This stuff happens every day.

    Who guarantees that the delivery was early? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Bill Arnett on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 01:48:16 PM EST
    Perhaps she was just due and was pregnant already at the time of the original incident - that would surely skew the timeline and possible guilt of anyone, wouldn't it?