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Volatile '99 case a test for Rod Smith



A rowdy group of university men hire a pair of strippers for a booze-fueled party. Hours later, one of the strippers turns up outside a fraternity house half-dressed and distraught. "They raped me," she says.

The college community is swept into a national controversy with tough questions about class, justice and reasonable doubt. Stark divisions open over whether to believe the woman, and whether an ambitious prosecutor responded fairly.

This isn't another story about the Duke University lacrosse team. This case involved the Delta Chi fraternity at the University of Florida in 1999. The Gainesville prosecutor who drew picketers and second-guessing from all sides was Rod Smith, now a strong contender for governor. More here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:05pm]


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