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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #100 on: November 07, 2014, 05:34:42 pm »

Or maybe he is 'embarrassed' that he had to reach so deeply into the bag of continuance tricks for this one.  :)
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #101 on: November 07, 2014, 09:20:29 pm »

Or maybe he is 'embarrassed' that he had to reach so deeply into the bag of continuance tricks for this one.  :)
right? These rape cases taking 2 and 3 years to resolve is a total sham.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #102 on: November 08, 2014, 03:43:49 pm »

Worrick Robinson, one of the attorneys in the Vanderbilt University rape case, was in his yard trimming a tree limb when he heard a "pop" in his left shoulder.

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"My wife said, 'Oh, you're going to need the chainsaw for that,' " he recalled later. "And, of course, I thought, 'I don't need that. I can do that myself.' "

But the "pop" injury worsened, and the required surgery scheduled for next week will delay the start of the trial until January. Robinson represents Cory Batey, who is standing trial with Brandon Vandenburg. The two former Vanderbilt football players are accused of raping a 21-year-old woman in June 2013.

"In this profession we sacrifice a lot," Robinson told reporters, mentioning ballgames and recitals. "But I've never had a situation where it would — putting my client first — would impact me for the rest of my life. So I'm going to listen to my doctor, and I'm going to think about my family first this time, and my health."

The injury was first an issue Monday, delaying start of jury selection for four hours. In court Tuesday, Robinson suggested the young men could go to trial separately or asked the case be pushed back.

Attorneys for Vandenburg objected in part. Albert Perez Jr. said proceeding separately would jeopardize Vandenburg's right to a fair trial because they've prepared for a joint proceeding.

"I cannot, as Mr. Vandenburg's lawyer and one of his team members, proceed with witness examination," he told Judge Monte Watkins. "Mr. Vandenburg will suffer."
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #103 on: December 15, 2014, 05:05:14 pm »

A judge is expected to rule by the end of the week whether to allow a doctor to testify about intoxication in the defense of Cory Batey, one of four former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping a woman last year.

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Judge Monte Watkins heard arguments on the request Monday morning in the case against Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, who are scheduled for trial Jan. 12.

Batey’s attorney, Worrick Robinson, said it “would be critical to the jury to hear testimony from Dr. Walker on the effects of alcohol and the impulsive behavior that results.” In an interview with media after the court hearing, Robinson said it was more than just Batey who was intoxicated and whose judgment might have been impaired.

Police say Vandenburg and a 21-year-old woman were drinking the night of the alleged rape. In the dorm room, police allege Vandenburg, Batey and two others raped and sexually abused the woman.

Prosecutor Roger Moore said that intoxication is not a legally valid defense in some of the charges against Batey. He said the doctor’s testimony may be relevant later in the case, but not in front of a jury that can use common sense to determine the effects of intoxication.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #104 on: December 17, 2014, 12:48:59 pm »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  Dec 16

Two updates in Vandy rape case: testimony on intoxication, and the AG doesn't want records released http://tnne.ws/1DDKlN8  via @tennessean
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #105 on: January 08, 2015, 01:39:17 pm »

Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG) capped last semester with a student-only town hall meeting on sexual assault. Nearly 90 students participated in the forum, which aimed to provide an environment free from administrative oversight in which students could freely discuss concerns with Vanderbilt culture and air ideas for solutions to fill existing gaps in the movement against sexual assault...

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Emphasizing accountability

Another concern addressed at the forum was the issue of ensuring accountability for sexual misconduct on campus.

“We need to connect the idea of sexual misconduct to the sanctions that can result from it — we need to know that the administration isn't afraid to sanction those who fail to take personal responsibility for obtaining consent and respecting others,” Spear said.

The issue of accountability, however, has created tension in the national dialogue on sexual violence. Many legal experts argue that the standard of “more likely than not” — the standard required for sanctions for sexual misconduct at most schools, including Vanderbilt — puts too much weight on the accused to show that they are innocent in situations that are often clouded with alcohol use and confusion about what defines consent.

Regardless of those concerns, however, many activists feel that communicating — and following through with — punishment procedures is important on campus.

“There should be more punishment on campuses because the standard isn’t as high, but there are less, there are fewer,” said Anna Carella, a political science graduate student. She added that it would be naive to believe that it would be sufficient to encourage positive behavior simply because we “care about morality.”

The university handbook outlines the process for the adjudication of claims of sexual misconduct. However, no information, including the judicial resolution of cases, is released by the university.

Vanderbilt’s internal handling of reports has come under fire recently. The university is one of a few dozen schools currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in a compliance review. Complaints filed in November 2013 by students and alumni — who detailed problems with their individual cases in their complaints — contributed to the decision to launch the investigation, according to a Department of Education spokesman.

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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #106 on: January 09, 2015, 09:58:14 am »

A final hearing is set for Friday just days before the expected start of trial of two former football players accused of raping a woman at Vanderbilt University.

Brandon Vandenburg, 21, and Cory Batey, 20, face charges of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual abuse. Police say they and two other former football players raped an unconscious 21-year-old female student in a dorm on June 23, 2013.


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Judge Monte Watkins is expected to preview testimony that would be offered at trial by clinical neuropsychologist James Walker. Attorneys for Batey say Walker would testify about the effects of intoxication and that is crucial to their case. Prosecutors say it should not be allowed because it is not a valid defense against some of the charges.

The case has slowly wound its way to trial and was delayed by a chance injury suffered by one attorney.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #107 on: January 11, 2015, 08:02:40 pm »

Vandy rape trial to begin; case seen as victim 'catalyst'

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Despite all of the national attention on Monday, the opening day in the trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of rape, some people are looking back a couple decades.

On Oct. 3, 1995, a California jury found O.J. Simpson not guilty of murdering his wife.

Almost 19 months ago, four men allegedly carried a woman into a dorm room at Vanderbilt's Gillette Hall.

That's where police say the men raped the 21-year-old female student while she was unconscious.

Those accused of rape and other counts are: Brandon Vandenburg, now 21; Cory Batey, now 20; Brandon E. Banks, now 20; and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, now 20.

They were football players and underclassmen. The incident cost them their enrollments. Depending on the outcome of trial, whatever happened that night could also cost them their freedom.

While the shared case file belonging to Vandenburg and Batey contains thousands of pages of documents, those of Banks and McKenzie remain thin. Banks and McKenzie are expected to testify in their former teammates' case.

Prosecutors said Friday no plea deals have been made...
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #108 on: January 13, 2015, 08:29:31 am »

Witnesses identified, jurors axed as Vandy rape trial starts

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A social media strategist, a woman who had never seen anyone drunk and a news junkie were among those dismissed from the jury pool Monday at the start of the trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of rape.

Those three were among 50 potential jurors who filed into a courtroom Monday morning to begin a slow process picking the jury that will hear evidence in the case against Brandon Vandenburg, 21, and Cory Batey, 20. The men are accused of raping a female student in a dorm in June 2013.

Judge Monte Watkins read the names of potential witnesses to jurors to check for any conflicts. It is the first time the names have been publicly released.

Expected to testify are the alleged victim, Vanderbilt administrators, about a dozen police officers, students who were friends of the victim and several football players. James Franklin, former Vandy football coach whose reaction to the reported rape faced scrutiny, was not on the list.

Attorneys peppered potential jurors with questions about whether they consider the suspects innocent until proven guilty, their use of social media and views on whether alcohol was morally wrong. Assistant District Attorney Jan Norman asked jurors if they knew about criminal responsibility and that someone could be guilty if they aided someone else in committing a crime.

Fletcher Long, one of Vandenburg's attorneys, referenced the 1957 movie "12 Angry Men." It tells the story of jury deliberations in a murder case and a man — portrayed by Henry Fonda — who does not let other jurors sway his opinion.

Long asked each potential juror the same question: "Are you a Henry Fonda, or do you just go along with the crowd?"
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #109 on: January 14, 2015, 08:04:40 am »

DA: Victim in Vanderbilt rape case experienced 'worst nightmare'

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Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman walked past a podium and told 14 near-strangers a story.

A woman studying at Vanderbilt University was a member of the dance team and "in a good place" until June 23, 2013.

"Little did she know that day that held such great promise for her would turn into her worst nightmare," Thurman said.

In 19 minutes, Thurman gave a graphic and blunt account of what four former football players are accused of doing to the woman that day: raping and sexually assaulting her in a Vanderbilt dorm room while she was unconscious, and then trying to cover it up.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys gave opening statements in the trial of two of those players on Tuesday, laying out a road map of evidence and giving additional insight into their cases.

Videos and photos of the alleged incident — and witnesses who will explain what the video shows — will be key to the prosecutors' case. DNA evidence probably won't play a major role.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys will jump on the lack of DNA evidence, and in their opening statements pointed fingers at other people charged in the case who are expected to testify. They told jurors to carefully consider the credibility of those witnesses.

Alcohol, too, is expected to play a role in the defense, in terms of how much the alleged victim had the night of the incident, where she got it from and how it would have affected the suspects' judgment.

Thurman said trial evidence would show Brandon Vandenburg, 21, and Cory Batey, 20, are guilty of five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery, the charges against them. Vandenburg also is charged with tampering with evidence and unlawful photography.

While Thurman spoke, the alleged victim sat in the courtroom's public seating area. She wiped her eyes with tissues and occasionally held hands with the women sitting next to her. Vandenburg and Batey — seated a few feet from their family members, who filled two rows of benches — remained stoic.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #110 on: January 14, 2015, 08:54:14 am »

Girls that drink until they pass out....should still be able to expect their 'dates' to not rape them. And/or share them with their buddies.

Just because she's helpless, doesn't mean she's 'fair game'. In fact, it means just the opposite. If she's helpless, she should be treated with MORE care, not less.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #111 on: January 14, 2015, 09:15:44 am »

Girls that drink until they pass out....should still be able to expect their 'dates' to not rape them. And/or share them with their buddies.

Just because she's helpless, doesn't mean she's 'fair game'. In fact, it means just the opposite. If she's helpless, she should be treated with MORE care, not less.


Ding! Ding! Ding!  Very well said...and the truth.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #112 on: January 14, 2015, 11:13:56 am »

The Tennessean @Tennessean  ·  19 hours ago

Vanderbilt rape suspect's attorney: Alcohol 'changed him' http://tnne.ws/1svBKXV  #VandyTrial
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #113 on: January 14, 2015, 11:16:04 am »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  3 hours ago

.@davidfarmer23 In this case, some of what public sees might be restricted, based on graphic nature. But the courtroom is open.

David Farmer, Jr. ‏@davidfarmer23 20 hours ago
@sbarchenger Maybe an obvious answer, but is this trial closed to the public besides family, media?
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #114 on: January 14, 2015, 02:30:00 pm »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  2 hours ago

Taking lunch break. Here's AM update: Attorneys battle claims of slur, urination http://tnne.ws/1C178Q1  via @tennessean #vandytrial

VUPD officer testified ~3 hours this AM. Slow going as he explained what's happening in more than 20 surveillance video clips.

Basics: Football players in and out of Vandenburg's dorm night of alleged rape, later seen with fellow teammates at another dorm
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #115 on: January 15, 2015, 10:00:05 am »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  24 hours ago

Our detailed timeline of Vanderbilt rape case and investigation: http://tnne.ws/1wT9nkT
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #116 on: January 16, 2015, 10:10:16 am »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  13 hours ago

Here it is, day four recap: Vanderbilt rape suspects' DNA not in dorm room, techs say http://tnne.ws/1C6el19  via @tennessean #vandytrial
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #117 on: January 16, 2015, 10:12:12 am »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  2 hours ago

Got first peek inside Vanderbilt dorm where alleged rape took place June '13: http://tnne.ws/1C6el19  via @tennessean #vandytrial
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #118 on: January 16, 2015, 10:14:46 am »

Vandy All Day ‏@VuVandy 20 hours ago
@Midday180 @sbarchenger is Vanderbilt on trial for rape?


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.@VuVandy @Midday180 No. But four students there are accused of raping another student there on campus there... See where I'm going?
5:19 PM - 15 Jan 2015

Vandy All Day ‏@VuVandy 13 hours ago
@sbarchenger @Midday180 you could have stopped at "no".
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #119 on: January 16, 2015, 10:15:19 am »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  2 hours ago

As Vandy rape trial nears weekend break, football recruits head for campus: http://tnne.ws/1IPJbeB  via @tennessean @adamsparks #vandytrial
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #120 on: January 16, 2015, 01:57:55 pm »

The Tennessean @Tennessean  ·  1 hour ago

Detective testifes he took swabs from 9 Vanderbilt players | #Vandytrial | http://ow.ly/HrYa3 

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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #121 on: January 17, 2015, 04:16:01 pm »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  7 hours ago
Day 5 wrap up: Prosecution left jury with cliffhanger in rape trial  http://tnne.ws/1C9cOre  via @tennessean #vandytrial Court resumes Monday

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The "incapacitated" victim at times face down on the cluttered dorm room floor. Two men sexually assaulting her. Three men photographing her. One man raising his middle finger while he sat on the woman.

Det. Gish's graphic testimony was a Friday-afternoon cliffhanger in the trial of Cory Batey, 20, and Brandon Vandenburg, 21
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #122 on: January 19, 2015, 06:01:31 pm »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  5 hours ago
Day 6 midday trial update: Detective: Vandenburg 'giggling' during alleged rape http://tnne.ws/1J2WUin  via @tennessean #vandytrial

Trial is breaking early for the holiday. State's first witness Tuesday morning will be co-defendant Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #123 on: January 19, 2015, 07:46:51 pm »

I don't think they will convict anybody. This case got more holes that a stick of Swiss Cheese.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #124 on: January 20, 2015, 03:48:02 pm »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  3 hours ago

Midday trial update: Co-defendant: Vandenburg 'coaching us' during alleged rape http://tnne.ws/1BAemvB  via @tennessean #vandytrial

McKenzie hung his head when prosecutors showed two videos of alleged rape at Vanderbilt campus. #vandytrial
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #125 on: January 21, 2015, 06:33:35 am »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  8 hours ago

Day seven trial wrap up: Ex-player testifies against "best friend" http://tnne.ws/1BAemvB  via @tennessean #vandytrial
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« Reply #126 on: January 21, 2015, 10:47:31 am »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  13 seconds ago

Testimony from two Vanderbilt athletes this AM who saw partially nude victim. Neither reported it. #vandytrial



Brandon Vandenburg and his attorney arrive for trial, day eight. #vandytrial #nashville

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Check timeline of https://twitter.com/TGonzalez  for the detailed testimony.

Select sample:

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  · 1 hour ago

Retta: Group including Vandenburg drank on a boat for about 3 hours the afternoon before the incident. #vandytrial

Thus far, cross-exam has chipped away at credibility of several witnesses, but little has refuted photo/video evidence. #vandytrial

Prosecutor Tom Thurman questions senior tight end Dillon van der Wal. He shared locker w/ Cory Batey. #vandytrial

VDW: Says Vandenburg spoke of use of water bottle, flushing of condoms, and video taken. Vandenburg spent night w/ VDW. #vandytrial

Cross-exam by Fletcher Long highlights how VDW said woman had partial clothes on, but Retta had testified she was nude. #vandytrial

Def atty Long asks tight end Van der Wal whether he was competitive w/ touted tight end recruit Vandenburg. He confirms. #vandytrial

Next witness on stand is woman's close friend Lauren Miller, a Vanderbilt grad from dance team and admissions tour guide. #vandytrial

Friend: Saw Vandenburg give woman at least one drink. She was "totally normal," and he was in a "really great mood." #vandytrial

Friend/roommate when first saw alleged victim: "My immediate reaction was, ‘Whoa, what happened to you?’ " #vandytrial

Woman's makeup and hair was disheveled, with bruises on legs. #vandytrial

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  10 minutes ago

Friend: Vandenburg called woman on Monday, after a football team mtg in which allegations came up. #vandytrial
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #127 on: January 21, 2015, 03:01:56 pm »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  2 hours ago

Day eight lunchtime trial update: Vanderbilt rape trial expected to reach third week http://tnne.ws/1JfNNeu  via @tennessean #vandytrial
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« Reply #128 on: January 21, 2015, 06:46:57 pm »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  3 hours ago
#Vandytrial Day 8 key pt 1/4: Two athletes tell similar story of moving victim to Vandenburg’s bed; who carried her differs slightly.

#Vandytrial Day 8 key pt 2/4: Vandenburg, very drunk, slept in room of Dillon van der Wal, spoke of water bottle, flushing condoms, video.

#Vandytrial Day 8 key pt 3/4: Friend Lauren Miller said woman bruised + very ill next day. Vandenburg called woman after a team mtg.

#Vandytrial Day 8 key pt 4/4: Vandenburg sent 2 Calif. friends msgs + rape vids. Their testimony in exchange for reduced charges.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #129 on: January 21, 2015, 11:45:03 pm »

If found guilty, let us hope that they are both sentenced to the appropriate time for such a heinous crime and that those enabling these defendants are no longer associated with my, or any, university.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #130 on: January 22, 2015, 09:43:48 am »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  · 1 hour ago

Friends testify that Vandenburg panicked, destroyed cellphones after rape in Vanderbilt dorm http://tnne.ws/1BIu4os  #vandytrial

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  32 minutes ago

The victim in #vandytrial takes the stand to start Day 9.

Woman didn't know defendants Batey, Banks, McKenzie. She may have met Vandenburg on a campus visit. Dating June 2013 #vandytrial

She planned to meet Vandenburg at Tin Roof. She got a free drink from woman named Angie (who kept open tab for athletes). #vandytrial

Vandenburg brought her 3 more drinks and 2 shots within two hours, but she didn't take them all. He had a few drinks/shots #vandytrial

A blue drink emphasized, a "California Long Island Iced Tea," that she sipped but avoided. Lost memory soon after. #vandytrial

Woman: "I remember waking up in an unfamiliar room at 8-something the next morning." #vandytrial

Victim disoriented, sick, pained. Knee bleeding. A friend came to her side while she slept about 3 hrs in neighboring room. #vandytrial

She drank heavily only 2 or 3 times per month, on wknds. Was very busy as a double major in neuroscience + economics. #vandytrial

Next afternoon, Vandenburg invited her to his room, said he cared for her overnight when she got sick. Then initiated sex. #vandytrial

Woman: Vandenburg initiated unprotected sex lasting few seconds, left her "surprised" "confused" Didn't see him again til court #vandytrial

Woman: Texts from Vandenburg June 26 said he's "getting blamed for stuff that didn't even happen." Feared cut from team. #vandytrial

She texted Vandenburg she would "do everything I can to clear your name." In first MNPD interview, she tried to protect him. #vandytrial

Later, after 4 Vanderbilt players indicted, she viewed vids/photos/surveillance footage. "It was me." #vandytrial

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  8 minutes ago
Prosecutor Tom Thurman: "Did you consent to any of the acts done to you?" Victim: “Absolutely not.” #vandytrial

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  4 minutes ago
Brief court break. Background on this issue that just came up: Florida woman bought drinks for players at bar http://tnne.ws/1BYeTGk

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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #131 on: January 22, 2015, 09:57:26 am »

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Phil Williams @NC5PhilWilliams  ·  18 hours ago

Testimony shows that many people knew about the Vanderbilt rape - and did nothing. #VandyTrial



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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #132 on: January 22, 2015, 11:11:08 am »


Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  16 hours ago

.@DennisIanDevlin You can find daily witness recaps here for what you might have missed each day: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2015/01/15/whats-happened-at-the-vanderbilt-rape-trial-a-day-by-day-look/21822873 … #vandytrial
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #133 on: January 22, 2015, 11:14:10 am »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  1 hour ago

Cross-exam of the woman begins w/ Cory Batey's def atty Worrick Robinson. #vandytrial

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  59 minutes ago

Robinson asks, was Tin Roof "cool place to hang out?" Background on bar, and ban on student-athletes: http://bit.ly/1szSw7N  #vandytrial

Robinson's cross-exam is rehashing how much the woman drank that night. #vandytrial

Woman: No memory of leaving Tin Roof and going to her apt (first) before Vandenburg drove her to his dorm. #vandytrial

Woman: No memory of traveling to bathroom at 4:52 am (seen on surveillance footage). She's said this on direct + cross-exam #vandytrial

After break, Robinson resumes going over, again, how much the woman drank earlier that night, before the group assault. #vandytrial

Def atty Fletcher Long, representing Vandenburg, to cross-examine the woman next. #vandytrial
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #134 on: January 22, 2015, 11:49:56 am »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  34 minutes ago

Def atty Fletcher Long tells woman that he's "not that bright." Typical of his jokes in court these past 2 weeks. #vandytrial

She missed call at 2:55 am from player Jake Bernstein. She called him at 7:55 am; slept 3 hrs in his room alongside a friend #vandytrial

Woman told MNPD early on she didn't have pain signaling sexual assault, but other pains. Vandenburg told her she fell in apt. #vandytrial

She graduated w/ honors and is in PhD neuroscience program now. "It's time to crow a bit," Long says to her about her grades. #vandytrial

Long emphasizes he can't pronounce "neuroscience," juxtaposes w/ how smart she is. And he is incredulous she has no memory. #vandytrial

Long "just wants to make sure" of a few things. She has corrected him a couple times as to what she has testified. #vandytrial

Cross-exam ends. Prosecutor Tom Thurman asks few more Qs. "Have you experienced dark times because of this?" "Definitely." #vandytrial

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  11 minutes ago
Witness: Elizabeth Parnell, nurse at Metro General, who works with sex assault survivors. #vandytrial
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« Reply #135 on: January 22, 2015, 11:55:13 am »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  3 seconds ago

Nurse: Exam of woman was outside normal 72-hour window that's preferred for getting this kind of evidence. #vandytrial
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #136 on: January 22, 2015, 01:11:09 pm »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  4 minutes ago

Stellar photo by @partipiloj this morning and here's lunchtime update http://tnne.ws/1BM03nM  via @tennessean #vandytrial

Alleged victim been in court every day since trial started nine days ago. She's cried at times but seemed more confident today #vandytrial

After her testimony, alleged victim walked to her spot on bench in second row of public seating. Her mom was waiting there. #vandytrial

Intense AM of testimony as alleged victim took stand for about two hours. She seemed confident, but hesitant at sexual details #vandytrial
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« Reply #137 on: January 22, 2015, 02:05:52 pm »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  35 minutes ago

On cross-exam by Long, nurse confirms she can't say exact time injuries occurred. She gave time windows based on scabs. #vandytrial

Nurse didn't find signs of vaginal trauma. Much of cross-exam asks whether various scenarios could cause the other injuries. #vandytrial
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« Reply #138 on: January 22, 2015, 02:07:54 pm »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  3 minutes ago

Prosecution calls MNPD digital forensics detective Chad Gish back to the stand. #vandytrial

MNPD detective going over texts btwn Vandenburg-Batey and Batey-Boyd from days later, some of which came out pretrial. #vandytrial

Batey-Boyd texts concern cover-up that Boyd pleaded to, and how little the woman realized. Background: http://bit.ly/1CblDkw  #vandytrial

On June 24, Cory Batey told Chris Boyd to make sure those who knew what happened don't talk about it. #vandytrial

On cross-exam, Long confirms w/ detective that Batey-Banks texts didn't name Vandenburg. #vandytrial

Prosecution has rested and will explain "election of offenses" they feel they've proven. #vandytrial
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #139 on: January 22, 2015, 06:25:28 pm »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  2 hours ago
Woman at center of Vanderbilt rape case gives steady testimony http://tnne.ws/1BM03nM  during #Vandytrial Day 9
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« Reply #140 on: January 23, 2015, 09:18:16 am »

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« Reply #141 on: January 23, 2015, 11:06:54 am »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  1 hour ago

Brandon Vandenburg tells judge he will not testify. Defense to resume with other witnesses. #vandytrial

Vandenburg rests case. Def atty Worrick Robinson, for Batey, calls Dr. James Walker, forensic neuropsychologist re: intoxication #vandytrial
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« Reply #142 on: January 23, 2015, 11:14:51 am »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  3 minutes ago
Def atty Worrick Robinson, for Batey, calls Dr. James Walker, forensic neuropsychologist re: intoxication #vandytrial

Walker's combination of qualifications make him 1 of just 9 experts in the U.S. #vandytrial

Walker reviewed defendant interviews, texts, photos, vids. He gave Batey tests about personality, right/wrong, behaviors #vandytrial

Dr.: "It was my conclusion that Mr. Batey was significantly intoxicated on alcohol on the night of these events." #vandytrial

Dr.: Batey drank enough to “alter his judgment and his impulse control … his ability to think about consequences” #vandytrial

Dr.: Batey drank enough to “alter his judgment and his impulse control … his ability to think about consequences” #vandytrial

Dr.: Batey had between 14 and 22 drinks. “Because he was so intoxicated he was not his normal self.” #vandytrial  [Common poster excuse appealing a ban]

Dr.: An alcohol “blackout” includes memory impairment while someone still continues to act. "It happens all the time." #vandytrial

Expert: Alcohol lessens inhibitions / ability to say "no." #vandytrial

Expert: "(Batey's) ability to decide to do something intentionally, and to act knowingly … those abilities were impaired." #vandytrial

Robinson wants to ask expert about college drinking culture. Prosecution objects to generalizing about "thousands" of colleges #vandytrial

.@azmatthews Pretrial arguments about drunkenness: story 1 http://tnne.ws/1tLbzwI  and story 2 http://tnne.ws/1Ix46mE  #vandytrial

After judge's chamber discussion about expert testimony, and a break, questioning by Worrick Robinson continues. #vandytrial

Expert: “Underage drinking was rampant in his area of the campus that night.” #vandytrial

Expert: Batey twice lightly disciplined by Vanderbilt for marijuana use. #vandytrial

Expert: "Culture of promiscuity" at Vanderbilt. #vandytrial

Batey told expert, "on campus ... easy availability of women to him was overwhelming.” #vandytrial

Expert: Batey had arrived on campus as a "pretty upright moral young man," but football team sought "easy" women. #vandytrial

Expert: Batey felt peer pressure. And on that night, he made decisions he would not have otherwise made. Not "rational." #vandytrial

Expert: Male sex drive + intoxication reduces ability to think about impact on others. #vandytrial

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  1 minute ago
From a tiny sliver of Twitterverse I see, this testimony about drunkenness and campus culture raising anger. #vandytrial

Expert: “Not a mind reader,” but alcohol played a role in Batey’s intent. #vandytrial

Expert: Batey later told him that he was "horrified" by his actions that night. #vandytrial
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #143 on: January 23, 2015, 11:17:47 am »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  14 hours ago

Testimony in rape trial brings up possible NCAA violation http://tnne.ws/1BNWldn  via @tennessean #vandytrial

Sweetie Jones @LauraLMonroe33  ·  27 minutes ago

So Vandy players are failing drug tests and still playing? And boosters have open bar tabs at the local bars? #vandytrial

“@TGonzalez: Batey told expert, "on campus ... easy availability of women to him was overwhelming.” #vandytrial” So WHY did he have to rape?
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« Reply #144 on: January 23, 2015, 11:35:58 am »

Read this article.  Sickening.


http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2015/01/22/alleged-vanderbilt-rape-victim-takes-stand-thats-me/22167013/

It absolutely is sickening.  And it will always appall me that such horrid miscreants as these defendants are not only allowed but encouraged to attend our colleges --- endangering our children --- all for the sake of bouncing a ball!
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« Reply #145 on: January 23, 2015, 12:00:17 pm »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  22 seconds ago

Prosecutor Roger Moore to cross-examine forensic neuropsychologist James Walker. #vandytrial

Expert 1st involved in case Oct. 2014, after pretrial testimony suggested drunkenness defense. Batey once swore no drinking #vandytrial

Expert reads Batey statement of timeline of that night and it mentions no alcohol consumption or sex assault. #vandytrial

Another statement by Batey. Q: “And you had no alcohol?” A: “No, sir.” #vandytrial

Prosecutor Moore: 2 days after the incident, Batey denied drinking and any involvement ... "not the truth." #vandytrial

Moore: Intoxication measurement of Batey depends on Batey being “truthful” in situation in which he benefits by exaggerating #vandytrial

Nuance hard to capture: Moore, thru expert, explains difference btwn lack of mental "capacity" vs an "impaired ability to act" #vandytrial

Prosecutor: "That first drink must have been taken when he was sober?" "Correct." This is voluntary intoxication. #vandytrial

Prosecutor: Before and after assault, “(Batey) was able to convey (text) msgs, correct?” A: “He was.” #vandytrial

Prosecutor: Batey, with a girlfriend, once became sexually aggressive but stopped when she asked. #vandytrial

Prosecutor: Batey had another woman come over after the alleged rape that night. #vandytrial

Prosecutor: In a text msg 2 days later, Batey referred to the woman as a “bitch” and denied involvement. #vandytrial

Prosecutor: Expert's campus culture comments not based on scientific findings or research on any campus. #vandytrial

Prosecutor: Batey’s Ensworth high school records show he was "given some considerations" after incidents. #vandytrial

Prosecutor: Batey, no brain damage + "has had some of the essentially most privileged environments that there is to be around" #vandytrial

Def atty Robinson: Expert reviewed huge amount of Batey material and not just hand-picked positive stuff. #vandytrial
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« Reply #146 on: January 23, 2015, 01:36:19 pm »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  now

Expert: Gave Batey 8 tests for "malingering," or fabricated illness, and he passed all ... wasn't faking. #vandytrial

Expert: Batey said he didn’t admit to drinking because it is against campus policy and he would have gotten into trouble. #vandytrial

Larry McCormack @LarryMcCormack1  ·  23 minutes ago
Dr James Walker uses a model to explain how alcohol affects the brain during the Vanderbilt rape trial. #vandytrial



Limited family history about Batey allowed. He was in 5th grade when father died; grew up "limited means" among 13 siblings. #vandytrial

Anita Wadhwani @anitawadhwani  ·  20 minutes ago
Friday update #vandytrial Expert: Alcohol impaired player's judgment during alleged rape http://tnne.ws/1BRVd8G  via @tennessean @sbarchenger

Doctor done. Prosecution calls "rebuttal" witness: Vandy student Courtney Heard, roommate of Batey's girlfriend. #vandytrial

Student: Later that night, Batey answered door "nonchalant" in American flag boxer shorts. His gf stayed with him. #vandytrial

Student says she remembers what happened to her that night. Def atty Long challenges her memories. Her testimony ends. #vandytrial

#Vandytrial testimony ends for the day. Defense has one witness left on Monday. Closing arguments also on Monday.

Judge Monte Watkins takes up matters with attorneys. #vandytrial
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« Reply #147 on: January 24, 2015, 07:15:27 am »

Dave Boucher @Dave_Boucher1  ·  19 hours ago
If you're going to read one #vandytrial story, it needs to be today's from @sbarchenger: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2015/01/22/alleged-vanderbilt-rape-victim-takes-stand-thats-me/22167013/

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« Reply #148 on: January 24, 2015, 03:59:06 pm »

Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger  ·  5 hours ago
Your day 10 trial update: Expert: Alcohol altered ex-player's judgment day of alleged rape http://tnne.ws/1Jwcun3  @tennessean #vandytrial
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« Reply #149 on: January 24, 2015, 07:02:00 pm »

Tony Gonzalez @TGonzalez  ·  Jan 23
Defense requests instructions to jury to consider other non-indicted student-athletes as accomplices. Judge to consider. #vandytrial
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