A white woman alleges that a black man raped her; he claims the sex was consensual. What's a prosecutor to do? And what are Earnest Libs to do? Confounding the picking of sides - the black man is part of the Big Football complex.
The police reports are here; the victim's race is mentioned in statements by two friends of the defendant (e.g., p 85 of the .pdf).
My two cents - this was not a case that could have been won.
Let me supplement this bit of the Times' "reporting":
The woman told the police she was raped at an apartment after a night of drinking at a bar near campus, according to a search warrant released hours before Meggs’s announcement. She said she was with friends and had five to six shots at a local bar and that her “memory is very broken from that point forward.” She told the police that she had taken a cab with a “nondescript” black man to an apartment where she was raped. She did not identify that man as Winston until about a month after she reported the assault.
She tried to fight the man off, and at some point, another man intervened and told him to stop, according to the warrant. But the two went into a bathroom “where he completed the act.” She had no idea where the assault took place, she said, but recalls riding on a scooter and being dropped off at a campus intersection.
The mystery man who intervened was Chris Casher, a roomate of Jameis Winston. He submitted an affidavit to the police and was eventually interviewed by one of them (p. 84-5). His gist - the woman had been hitting on football players at the bar (he had gotten her number), was sober in the cab, and was engaging in consensual sex with James. Casher burst in as a prank, and to determine her interest in a threesome. The two then moved into the bathroom because that door locked so there was a bit more privacy.
Maybe its all lies. Of course, the prosecutor also had a problem with her blood alcohol level being at 0.048%, which is well below the threshold for drunk driving. And the drug tests came back negative. One police report indicated that the victim alleged a date-rape drug may have been involved, but that did not pan out (p. 54):
[Redacted] informed me that while walking through the bar a male (unknown to her) handed her a shot. After she consumed the shot she stated she couldn't remember what happen next.
The family of the victim requested that the blood and urine be re-tested, but those results were the same. Baffling.
UPDATE: Good summary at the Bleacher Report, but I didn't notice a mention of the low BAC.