Regarding the Duke lacrosse scandal.
Scarborough Country on MSNBC ran a poll on Monday (June 19th):
Should the district attorney drop the charges in the Duke lacrosse case?
* 863 responses
Fair enough. Not everyone has had time to read the voluminous documentation and evaluate the alleged rape timeline minute by minute. Millions watch "Law & Order" and believe the prosecutor is always the "good guy." That was the TJN assumption when this Duke mess started.
But, Mike Nifong has gone way off the "good guy" reservation. He is in a different place now. He's an egotistical, pandering, lying, bully, who's been called out by most legal experts, who have actually looked at the evidence. This case is a total hoax. It only continues as a dead man walking, ruining the lives of three innocent young men, for reasons known only to Mike Nifong.
The false accuser, Crystal Gail Mangum, is a sad person too. But, she has sat through numerous police interviews and lineups(3?) and lied and lied and lied some more. Perhaps she became upset because the Duke players locked her out of the house and wouldn't let her get her shoe back.
"Mess with my shoe and you'll have hell to pay."
Accusing three young men of rape and trying to send them to jail, because one of your white shoes is missing sounds like a pretty evil thing to do. But, it is some stupid twisted logic like that which is guiding Ms. Mangum. She might also have other personal issues which are impacting her.
So, thank you to Ms. Mangum, the perception of all future legitimate rape victims has been badly damaged.
So the real question is:
Who is more evil: Mike Nifong or Crystal Gail Mangum?
Final Pollhost.com Results
Mike Nifong 143 (84%)
Crystal Gail Mangum 27 (16%)
170 votes total
update: June 26, 2006
Clearly, Mike Nifong is more of a villain in the eyes of most people. He had the power and discretion to both prevent and end this huge injustice. Even Reade Seligmann's mother, Kathy Seligmann, said she doesn't blame her son's accuser. CBS News reported:
In an exclusive interview with CBS News correspondent Trish Regan, Seligmann's mother, Kathy, said that despite her family's nightmare, she does not blame the accuser.Duke Mom Does Not Blame Son's Accuser [cbsnews.com, June 22, 2006]
"I don't hate her...I think she panicked and made up this story. I pray that she didn't mean for this to happen," Kathy told Regan.
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