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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Crumbling Case

updated: May 25, 2006

The Duke lacrosse rape case continues to die the death of a thousand cuts.

All the TV pundits and their legal "experts" are coming to the same conclusion - District Attorney Mike Nifong does not have a case.

More revelations, all of them favorable to the defense.

Fox News - Defense Sources: Duke Accuser Gave Conflicting Stories About Alleged Rape:

The woman who has accused three members of the Duke University lacrosse team of raping her at an off-campus party told investigators several different stories about the night of the alleged incident, sources close to the defense team representing the players have told FOX News...

The woman also originally claimed that a second dancer who accompanied her to the party, Kim Roberts, was inside the bathroom during the alleged rape, the sources said....When police asked Roberts whether she was in the room at the time, Roberts reportedly told police, "that's a crock."

Defense sources also say the accuser admitted to having had sexual intercourse with at least three men around the time of the alleged attack. According to those sources, when investigators questioned her after DNA tests on the semen found inside her body did not match any of the Duke players, the accuser gave police the name of her boyfriend and two men who drove her to her dancing engagements.

The drivers say in police statements that they brought the accuser to at least five separate gigs the weekend before the alleged attack, defense sources said.

...the papers handed over by Nifong also reveal that the forensic nurse who did a gynecological exam on the accuser did not find abrasions, tears or bleeding in the vaginal area, which is often present in forcible rapes

There is a discrepancy between the actual documentation and what Mike Nifong told Dan Abrams on The Abrams Report, back in March, regarding why he is convinced a rape occurred:
"There is evidence of TRAUMA in the VICTIM's vaginal area that was noted when she was examined by a nurse at the hospital. And her general demeanor was suggestive of the FACT that she had been through a traumatic situation."

The Abrams Report on MSNBC covered the information contained in the above Fox News report. Defense attorney, Yale Galanter, who appears frequently on The Abrams Report, and has direct access to the Duke lacrosse players' defense attorneys confirmed the information in the Fox News report.

Mr. Galanter focused on the statement by Ms. Mangum that the other stripper, Kim Roberts, who she called "Nicky," was in the bathroom during the rape. Ms. Roberts said that was not true. Mr. Galanter thinks these new revelations further damage the credibility of the accuser and undermine the case.

Mr. Abrams said the totality of the evidence would certainly seem to indicate that the DA should drop the case, unless he was withholding a "smoking gun." If so, he should reveal that to the defense.

The false accuser, Crystal Gail Mangum, never seems to give a straight answer to anyone.

She gave an interview to The News & Observer in March - Dancer gives details of ordeal:
The accuser had worked for an escort company for two months, doing one-on-one dates about three times a week.

"It wasn't the greatest job," she said, her voice trailing off. But with two children, and a full class load at N.C. Central University, it paid well and fit her schedule.

This was the first time she had been hired to dance provocatively for a group, she said.

PardonMyEnglish.com said - Duke Rape Case Falling Apart:
Tonight, Fox News is reporting that Nifong, who spent the first few weeks of the case holding 70 press conferences seemingly for the sole purpose smearing the defendants, will now seek a gag order in the case. Apparently he can dish it out but he can't take it.

Fox News is also reporting that an ethics complaint is going to be filed against Nifong and Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano was opining tonight on the O'Reilly Factor that going forward with such a weak case could result in Nifong being stripped of his license to practice law. So much for the Duke rape case.

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