Okay, after surfin the web and examining the evidence from the case files, i can't help but come to the conclusion that mike may really have been innocent of rapin Desiree Washington.
We all know that Mike was capable of raping her, but then again, any fool with a dick is capable of such acts. Lets run down the evidence:
-Mike called Desiree Washington (a beauty pageant queen) late at night and suggested that she come over. Washington first complained that it was gettin late and that she had to get some rest. Mike said that he was leaving early the next day so he would be unable to spend time with her. Regardless, Washington ended up agreeing and met Mike at his hotel room.
-The next part is where it gets kinda murky. Mike claims that he began a whole lotta foreplay and that Washington flirted with him as well. Washington disputed this and said that she tried to repell his advances. She claims mike "jumped on her" and she was apalled. In any case, both parties agree that after this initial foreplay, Washington excused herself and went to the bathroom.
-Here's the thing. In the bathroom was a phone that Washington could have used to call for help. No such call was made. Washington came out of the bathroom and shortly afterwards, she claims that she was "brutally and maliciously raped".
Now here is where i think Washington was lying.
-First of all, she waited four days before reporting the rape.
-She first called several tabloids and attempted to sell her story before proceeding to talk with the police.
Furthermore, there was dubious actions on part of the prosecutor's office as well. Apparently, Washington (who came from a strict christian family) had accused a former exboyfriend of rape in order to save herself from her father's wrath. When Mike's lawyer tried to use the exboyfriend as a witness, the prosecutor cited "pass the deadline" as a blocking measure.
The final nail in the coffin is the fact that in 2004, Washington's cousin came forward and said that she had reason to believe that Washington lied about the rape to make money.
To sum it up:
-I think Mike lured her into his hotel room.
-They had consensual sex.
-Mike told her to GTFO.
-She felt betrayed and filed for rape.
As for the jury conviction, I get the feeling that being a boxer, being black, and being from the ghetto may have been all the evidence required for the conviction.