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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Duke Case: Battle for 85 minutes


Time is crucial in the Duke lacrosse case. Issues about how Duke University treated the lacrosse players, backstabbing faculty and administrators, medical examinations, bruises, date-rape drugs, SANE, wanted posters, racial slurs, email hacking, lineups, bogus hush money, DNA testing, journalistic jackassery, credibility, state and local politics, legal motions, bar fights, hassling students, rogue cops and a narcissistic rogue district attorney are all secondary to knowing exactly what happened in the 85 minutes between 11:30 pm on March 13th and 12:55 am on March 14th, 2006.

The 85 minutes is the time between 11:30 pm when the alleged victim, Crystal Gail Mangum, arrived at the Duke lacrosse house at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., according to some accounts, and 12:55 am when the police arrived to investigate an anonymous 911 call about racial slurs being made at that address. Everything depends on establishing a credible timeline.

Fox News reported

Three Duke lacrosse players took five to 10 minutes to sexually assault a woman hired to perform as a stripper at a team party, and not the 30 minutes she originally described to investigators, a prosecutor said Friday.

"When something happens to you that is really awful, it can seem like it takes place longer than it actually takes,"District Attorney Mike Nifong said.

Nifong's comments came as Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III denied a defense request that prosecutors provide a detailed accounting of the alleged assault, including the exact time, place and type of sexual act the accuser said each defendant committed.
You just knew that Nifong would have to deprecate the 30 minute statement made by Ms. Mangum. So here it came today at the prelim hearing. Nifong said the gang-rape really was "five to 10 minutes" and his alleged victim just suffered time distortion during the assaut. How can you further destroy the credibility of someone who has no credibility? This is just further proof that Nifong is living in a world where commonsense is uncommon. It will be a perverse pleasure to see the alleged victim take the witness stand and try to remember all the new lines that Nifong has written for her.

The Johnsville News Duke lacrosse timeline for March 13-14 has been updated and double checked yet again. Mike Nifong will find it near impossible to steal 5 to 10 minutes where he can put Ms. Mangum and Reade Seligmann together. The same will apply to Evans and Finnerty.

Nifong said he is not required to state the exact time of the alleged attack, but offered that authorities believe it took place between 11:30 p.m. on March 13, when the accuser arrived at the party, and 12:55 a.m. on March 14, when police arrived and found no one at the house.

"Out of his client's whole life, we have given him an hour and a half that he has to account for," Nifong said.

The timing is crucial to Osborn, who again pledged Friday to present an alibi defense for Seligmann. He said the then-sophomore made eight calls on his cell phone between 12:05 a.m. and 12:14 a.m., when he called a cab company for a ride. The cab took Seligmann to an ATM, a fast-food restaurant, and finally back to his dorm at 12:46 a.m.

"When is the exact time this occurred, because we have accounted for our time," Osborn said.
The laws of physics will defeat the lies of Nifong.

Next hearing Oct. 27 at 9:30.

More discovery to be turned over on Oct 20.

LieStoppers summarizes the Duke Hoax Hearing:
From a LieStoppers’ perspective, the "highlight" of the Duke Hoax hearing came with the announcement by the prosecution that the recordings of all Durham Police Department radio calls for March 13th and 14th had been destroyed. It seems Durham Police Department tape use policy calls for tapes to be reused after 60 days. So, even though tapes were requested in April 28th motion by the defense, and ordered by Judge Stephens on May18th, the prosecution now maintains that the tapes were destroyed on or after May 13th, just five days or less before Judge Stephens’ order.
KC Johnson covers some relevant issues from the hearing:
1.) The NC Open Discovery Law needs to be strengthened.
2.) “My timeline” is really no timeline.
3.) Due process and normal prosecutorial conduct remain under assault.
4.) What was yesterday’s bait and switch?
News & Oberver, Sept. 23rd - DA gets to wait on his theory:
"If I had to speculate, I'd say this whole event took five minutes, maybe 10 minutes at the outside," Nifong said.
The man is clueless. Everytime Nifong opens his mouth he lies:
When one of the defense lawyers said that Nifong gave 50 to 70 interviews about the case, Nifong said he wanted to set the record straight. He checked his schedule and it showed that he actually gave more like 15 to 20 interviews. He said he had many conversations with reporters, some just to say that he would not comment on the case.

But the number 50 came from Nifong himself.

In a March 31 interview with a News & Observer reporter, Nifong was asked "How many interviews do you think you've given?"

"In excess of 50," Nifong said.
There are two bathrooms at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., which one is the alleged crime scene? Maybe someday someone will provide a floorplan. The Herald-Sun - Judge to review telephone survey about lacrosse case:
Osborn also said the accuser had further muddled the situation by giving at least a dozen inconsistent or implausible versions of what allegedly happened to her.

For example, she claimed she had been raped in a bathroom containing a blue carpet and a full-length mirror, but the only full-length mirror was in a different bathroom, according to Osborn.

So Nifong should be required to specify which bathroom was at issue, Osborn argued unsuccessfully.
DA: Alleged Duke Rape Took 5-10 Minutes [foxnews, Sept. 22, 2006]
DA: Alleged Duke Lacrosse Party Attack Took 5-10 Minutes [wral.com, Sept. 22, 2006]

Duke Lacrosse Rape Timeline [TJN]
Reade Seligmann's Alibi in Detail [TJN]

Sept. 22 Defense Survey Affidavit [wral.com]
Amazing Stagecraft Needed for Hoax Performance [TJN, Aug. 23, 2006]

Duke Lacrosse Case [TJN Archives]

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