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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Duke Case: Mangum's bogus descriptions

Missed this Sean Hannity report from June 30th about Crystal Gail Mangum's bogus initial descriptions of her assailants:

ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST: This is a FOX News alert.

"Hannity & Colmes" has learned about explosive new details in the Duke investigation tonight. Earlier today, Sean spoke with the family of Collin Finnerty. He's one of the three Duke University lacrosse players who's been indicted for allegedly raping a stripper back in March.

Sean, what are the details you learned today?

SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: Well, I've been speaking with these families from the very beginning. But tonight, I have exclusive new details from the Finnerty family that cast new shades of doubt on the prosecution's case.

Now, we know that Collin had spent hours alone with a top polygraph expert who says Finnerty passed all of the tests given to him with flying colors. We've also been told that, in fact, there are multiple eyewitnesses that will, in fact, corroborate Finnerty's every movement that night and, indeed, say that he was never alone.

And the Finnertys have also shared with me just this morning that, like Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty has a paper trail, including receipts and phone records, that will show he is, in fact, innocent.

Now, as we have seen from the very beginning, it's not just the evidence from the defense attorneys that have raised questions about the prosecution's case, but also the accuser's own statements to police.

First, in one of the many, many different versions of the accuser's story, she told police shortly after the alleged incident that she was, in fact, raped and sexually assaulted by three boys. We now have learned that she identified them by name, Brett, Matt and Adam.

Now, she described Brett as a white male and chubby. The accuser said Matt was a white male, heavy-set, with short hair. And finally, she described an individual named Adam as a short, white man with rosy cheeks and fluffy, brown hair.

But take a look at the three boys who the accuser supposedly picked out of the police lineup almost three weeks later. These are their photos, and those are their vital statistics. So do these look like the same boys?

And joining us now to hash out the details with this new information and what this all means, we're joined tonight, FOX News' Megyn Kendall, former prosecutor Anne Bremner, and defense attorney, FOX News legal analyst Mercedes Colwin.

I've got to tell you something, Megyn, if we can start with you tonight, first of all, I think these identifications immediately -- this was within 48 hours, Megyn, of this alleged incident. Again, part of multiple versions that came out, but very specific, and none of the descriptions describe these three boys. I think this is a huge development in the case.

Collin FinnertyMEGYN KENDALL, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: I think it is. In particular, though, Sean, for Finnerty, because arguably -- you could make a case that Seligmann and/or Evans arguably match a couple of those descriptions.

Neither of them is chubby, but they're stocky. I mean, they're built guys.

But Collin Finnerty is like a giant. I mean, he's 6'3". He's skinny- looking. He's lanky. And he's got like strawberry-blonde hair. I don't know how on Earth that even arguably matches up to any of those three descriptions.
Mangum's Statement:

Additionally, here is a small portion of Crystal Gail Mangum's statement that MSNBC has released:
Matt grabbed me and looked at me. He said, 'Sweetheart, you can't leave.' He grabbed the back of my neck and said, 'I'm going to kill you, n----- b---- if you don't shut up"...They started kicking me in my behind and my back...Matt hit me in the face while Brett kicked me.

Courtesy the the new TalkLeft Duke Discussion Boards.

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