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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Duke Case: Bewitched Pinching

Salem Witch Trials

To the Constable of Salem

Essex Ss Whereas Complaint hath been made unto us John Hathorne & Jonathan Corwin Esq'rs by severall persons of Salem Village that Cap't John Alden of Boston Marrin'r # [that he] is guilty of Witchcraft in cruelly tortureing & afflicting several of their Children & others these are therefore in their Maj'ties King William & Queen Maryes name to Authorize & Comand you forwith to Apprehend the body of the said John Alden and imediately bring him before us to answer what shall be objected ag't him in that behalfe and this shall be yo'r sufficient warrant Given under our hands the 31st day of May 1692 And in the fourth year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady William & Mary now King and Queen over England &c
- Warrant for Arrest of John Alden
At trial -
The Accusers cried out that Alden did pinch them...

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCOVERY MOTION:
Crystal Mangum made the following representations to Nurse Levicy in the [SANE] checklist interview...

Rather than claiming that she was not physically assaulted, she claimed that she was "pinched," "pushed," and "kicked in my butt." She continued to deny that she suffered physical blows by hands or that she was restrained or tied down in any way. She specifically denied being choked. She specifically denied that fists were used against her.

Witch TrialTalkLeft - Durham Witch Trials:
...The Salem Witch Trials began with a young woman that exhibited bizarre behavior. Some of the "evidence" used against accused witches in phony trials, where the accused were assumed guilty, was the reaction of an afflicted young woman. Defendants were often asked, "If you're not a witch, how do explain the fact that these afflicted girls fall into fits the minute you enter the room?" What happened at Duke Medical Center? We were told that the accuser reacted hysterically to the sight of a man at the hospital. The accuser had to be shielded from men at Duke, in order to prevent her fits.

The young women in Salem, after their fits, reported that they were pinched, kicked, and strangled and pointed out the witch or wizard that was responsible. At Duke Medical Center, according to the NYT, the SANE nurse wrote that the Duke accuser, told of being held by both legs and pinched, pushed and kicked. Those observering the fits in the 17th century, said the young women cowered under chairs and spoke nonsense and gibberish. The Duke accuser cowered under furniture in a Durham Strip club before stealing a car. Kim Roberts and Medical personnel have alternatively described her as speaking nonsense and being incoherent...

In other news, ABC News - Duke Students Campaign Against Rape Case Prosecutor:
...some Duke students have developed a clever strategy to fight back.

They have formed Duke Students for an Ethical Durham to encourage students to fulfill their civic obligations, to register and vote in Durham County.

Founded in August, the group launched a voter registration drive, and by the first day of school, group members were campaigning all over campus.

The group has endorsed one of Nifong's opponents, Lewis Cheek, an attorney and Durham's county commissioner, who is not campaigning and will not accept the job if elected but who wants to put an alternative candidate on the ballot...

DSED has turned in approximately 1,250 Duke student registration forms to Durham County's voter registration office, bringing the number of registered Duke students, according to DSED, to about 2,500.

Considering the 143,457 registered voters at the Durham County voter registration office for the Nov. 7 elections, Duke's 2,500 participants could potentially make a difference, depending on how tight the election is.
Duke Lacrosse Case [TJN Archives]

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