Thanks for this,hp. So many people don't have the facts straight.They can't be re-asserted often enough. Further,as Cooney points out,it cost the boys three million dollars plus to prove their innocence in a case which should ,at worst,been dismissed in night court twenty-four hours after it first began. If Reade(who was far from being fabulously wealthy) had not his case tied to Colin and Dave's,he would almost certainly have gone down,and Elmo could well have gone next(and after been deported) for truthfully telling what he saw. The underprivileged of Durham (instead of cursing these kids out) should be grateful that the players are fighting this case in hopes that that as a result Durham(and North Carolina) will be forced to reform their justice systems so that every citizen in the future can have the benefit of honest public investigations,not such criminally twisted ones as cost the players most dear.
It is a pet peeve of mine that some people seem to resent that the young men were able to afford a legal team that kept them from being railroaded straight to prisonl on false charges. Everyone should be so lucky to afford good legal representation but many of us couldn't and might well end up in jail for something we didn't do. Why the hostility? Is it envy? Dislike for those who have more than they?
Is it their fault they were born into a life of privilege? Is it bad that the legal team was able to expose Nifong and his collaborators instead of letting these young men be found guilty of something they didn't do?
As you point out, those less privileged are benefiting from the young men pursuing this hoax through the legal channels. They could have just thanked Duke U. for their contribution to their legal fees and gone on with their lives. Instead, they are standing up for what is right or should be made right.