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In response to the rape allegations against Florida State's Jameis Winston, 'there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university'

Tallahassee.

Times

Tallahassee.

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April

Three-time Pulitzer winner Walt Bogdanich had this on the front of today's New York Times. No new bombshells or anything but you should read it in full. If you don't, though, here's some of what I underlined:

1. The police did not follow the obvious leads that would have quickly identified the suspect as well as witnesses, one of whom videotaped part of the sexual encounter. After the accuser identified Mr. Winston as her assailant, the police did not even attempt to interview him for nearly two weeks and never obtained his DNA.

The detective handling the case waited two months to write his first report and then prematurely suspended his inquiry without informing the accuser. By the time the prosecutor got the case, important evidence had disappeared, including the video of the sexual act.

2. ... Florida State did little to determine what had happened.

3. The university, after initially speaking with The Times, recently stopped doing so.

4. It would be difficult to overstate the importance of football to Florida State and its hometown.

5. After partially blacking out, the woman said, she found herself in an apartment with a man on top of her, sexually assaulting her. She said she tried unsuccessfully to push him away, but he pinned down her arms. Meanwhile, according to her account, another man walked in and told her assailant to stop. He did not. Instead, she said, he carried her into the bathroom, locked the door and continued his assault.

6. Officer Angulo's investigation was halting at best.

7. Officer Angulo's investigation apparently stirred no concern within his department. His superior officer signed off on his work, records show.

8. On Nov. 13, the Tallahassee police, responding to a public-records request from The Tampa Bay Times, released documents on the sexual assault case, setting off a frenzied scramble in the news media and prosecutor's office to learn what had happened.

9. Only after the prosecutor took over the case did the authorities obtain Mr. Winston's DNA. It was a match to DNA found on the accuser's clothing.

10. The news that Mr. Winston had been accused of rape moved through campus like an electric charge. On social media, the discussion quickly lost any semblance of civility, prompting one female student to send an email expressing her anger to Mary Coburn, vice president for student affairs.

"All day every day I am bombarded with messages of hatred for the alleged victim," the woman wrote. "I am sad and ashamed to be part of a student body that is quick to support a man who is accused of sexual assault, simply because he is a good football player, and even quicker to condemn the alleged victim of the crime as a liar."

11. "Why did the school not even attempt to investigate the matter until after the football season?"

12. "I learned quickly what football meant in the South."

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