The needle has at last moved a bit on the Duke lacrosse story; this morning, two players turned themselves into police and were charged with rape, sexual assault and kidnapping. The men are Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty, both sophomores; a police sergeant said Seligmann had already been released on bail. The grand jury had issued sealed indictments against the two players yesterday. Finnerty has a record for assault in his past.
This is, finally, the beginning of the story, and the culmination of district attorney Mike Nifong's insistance all along that, lack of DNA evidence aside, a rape had occurred. It's worth noting, by the way, that the two players are not the ones the accuser named in the initial police report.
So, looks like a trial's coming, though probably not until the end of this year. But now the chatter goes away, and the story really begins.
Two Duke Lacrosse Players Are Arrested And Charged In Rape Case [New York Times]
Duke Lacrosse Police Report [The Smoking Gun]
(UPDATE: CNN is reporting that defense lawyers say neither Seligmann nor Finnerty were even in house at the time the rape allegedly occurred, though there have been no details as of yet.)