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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Duke Case: Wednesday PM linkage

Ruth Sheehan says the News & Observer's story about Mike Nifong has not been deep sixed.

Out in cyberspace, there is new speculation about the reason The News & Observer promised a story on Durham DIstrict Attorney Mike Nifong for last Sunday -- and didn't deliver.

Apparently the News & Observer took a deeper look at Mike Nifong and became very frightened by what they found and wanted to spare their readers the ordeal.

Fear not. It is my understanding that the Nifong story is still on its way. The promo got ahead of the horse....

It would be nice if they could track down the Dukee who bitch slapped Nifong years ago, that would go a long way toward explaining things. Ruth, cyberspace is a frontier and the natives are very restless.

Must reads about the hoax if you haven't done so yet, slow poke:

M. Nifong, Revisionist [Durham-In-Wonderland]
Reinventing The Theory of the Hoax [LieStoppers]
Kristiana Bennett, What Do You Know? [Crystal Mess]

Random Observation

The star witness for the defense will not be Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, or David Evans. The star witness for the defense might be one or two of the Duke lacrosse players who took the series of digital photos showing the accuser, Crystal Gail Mangum, during various times at the party.

19 digital photos were shown to Dan Abrams of MSNBC and other media organizations.
11:02:36 p.m. Men are sitting around the house. Many have plastic cups in their hands.
11:08:28 p.m.
Men throw their arms in the air as if they are cheering and posing for the camera.
11:09:25 p.m.
A closer picture of a few men posing for the camera.
12:00:12 a.m.
The first picture of the dancers. The accuser, wearing pink and white lace lingerie, is lying face down on the floor.
12:00:21 a.m.
The accuser and the second dancer are dancing together.
12:00:29 a.m.
Dancers are performing. The accuser has what looks like bruising on her knees. Her right shoe is missing from her foot. It can be seen in the background.
12:00:40 a.m.
The two dancers are performing. A crowd of about 15 men is visible in the photo. The men are sitting on couches. They are not showing much reaction.
12:02:16 a.m.
The accuser is on top of the second dancer. The accuser's right thumbnail does not have a fingernail or polish on it. Her right pinky nail also does not have a nail. The men are smiling. The dancers are smiling.
12:02:46 a.m.
A young man, who appears to be passed out, sitting in a chair.
12:03:57 a.m.
The dancers by the door. The accuser's right shoe is on the floor. The men in the room are sitting.
12:10:39 a.m.
A young man passed out. His shorts are slightly pulled down.
12:30:12 a.m.
The accuser is on the back steps of the house, alone. Her right shoe is off. She has a purse.
12:30:34 a.m.
The accuser is still on the back steps of the house.
12:30:34 a.m.
The accuser is still on the back steps of the house.
12:30:47 a.m.
The accuser is on the stairwell of the back steps. Her mouth is open and her teeth are showing.
12:37:58 a.m.
The accuser is lying on her back on the back stairs. She has a cut on her right foot. She has cuts on her right butt cheek. The stair rail has pink spots on it.
12:38:07 a.m.
The accuser is lying on the back steps. A tan object can be seen in the background.
12:38:18 a.m.
The accuser is still on the ground.
12:41:32 a.m.
The accuser is seen getting into a black Honda Accord.
The fact that was missed here, back in April, was that these photos were reportedly taken by at least two different cameras. ESPN reported:
Durham attorney Bill Thomas said some of the photographs, taken when she arrived at the house, indicate the woman was injured before getting to the party March 13. They show extensive bruises and scrapes on her legs, especially around the knees, he said.

"This young lady was substantially impaired. She had fallen several times during the course of the evening," Thomas said.

He declined to identify the player he represents and said he would not release the photos, taken by at least two cameras, until pending DNA tests are completed.

He also wouldn't say whether the photos were taken by a lacrosse team member or someone else; court documents have indicated that only team members were present at the party.
This is an interesting question to consider: who will be the star defense witness at the trial? Kim Roberts? The accuser herself? One of these Duke photogs? Everyone?

source:
Attorney: Photos will clear Duke lacrosse players [ESPN]

Duke Lacrosse Case [TJN Archives]

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