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Thursday, October 5, 2006

Duke Case: CYA & The Campaign Trail


The News & Observer is doing some CYA regarding their infamous March 25th interview with the alleged Duke rape victim, Crystal Gail Mangum. However, even more questions remain. In the article Ms. Mangum was referred to as the "victim," not the "alleged victim" several times.

Ms. Mangum also made a couple of statements to the News & Observer regarding her activities and experience as a sex worker that have been proven to be lies.

When you were as professionally active a sex worker as Ms. Mangum was, two drivers were required.

Ms. Mangum was, in fact, a very busy sex worker, based on the statement of her driver, Jarriel Johnson. In the two days before the Duke party, Johnson drove the woman to the Platinum strip club in Hillsborough, where she worked from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., and to three different appointments at hotels in Raleigh and Durham.

Ms. Mangum was also a very experienced sex worker based on an interview with her other driver, Brian Taylor. Taylor is the man who drove her to the Duke party on March 13th. Taylor had known for a while that Ms. Mangum was a dancer. He and a male friend had watched her perform at strip clubs in Smithfield and Hillsborough.

The News & Observer has not yet said that Ms. Mangum lied to them.

The Editor's Blog, Linda Williams posted today - March 25 interview:

Our March 25 article that included an interview with the woman who accused Duke lacrosse players of rape has been the subject of questions and speculation on blog posts. There is a mistaken assumption that the N&O conducted an extensive interview with the woman and deliberately withheld a substantial portion of the interview. Those assumptions are false.

The reporter’s interview with the woman was brief, an encounter that lasted a few minutes outside the woman’s parents’ home in Durham. Only two things the woman said at that time did not make publication. She provided a description of the then-unidentified second woman who had also been hired to dance at the lacrosse team party. She also offered an opinion about the other woman’s actions that night. The latter was clearly an opinion, offered without any substantiation....
It would certainly be very interesting to hear the opinion that Ms. Mangum had of Kim Roberts on Friday, March 24th, and compare it to her official written statement made 13 days latter on April 6th. Was Roberts a victim, a thief, or a rape accomplice?

This entire hoax is an opinion, offered without any substantiation, and the New & Observer has covered it all. The News & Observer probably has the power to drive another stake into the heart of Ms. Mangum's credibility, if that is possible. Now is not the time to hold back.

News & Observer
, March 25, 2006, "Dancer gives details of ordeal," by Samiha Khanna and Anne Blythe:
...The accuser spoke Friday, struggling not to cry as she recounted the events of the early hours of March 14 at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., next to Duke's East Campus.

It is The News & Observer's policy not to identify the victims of sex crimes.

The accuser had worked for an escort company for two months, doing one-on-one dates about three times a week.

"It wasn't the greatest job," she said, her voice trailing off. But with two children, and a full class load at N.C. Central University, it paid well and fit her schedule.

This was the first time she had been hired to dance provocatively for a group, she said....

The Campaign Trail - The Road to Recall

Letter from Recall Nifong - Vote Cheek:

Dear Friends and Neighbors
...Our movement was born in Durham homes by Durham citizens and for the Durham community. This Durham community, to which the participants in RNVC proudly belong, has become the target of nationwide ridicule and scorn. Durham County has been manipulated, deceived and divided by inflammatory, ambition-serving words uttered by the man entrusted to protect it. RNVC believes that the role of the District Attorney should be that of a protector, and not that of a divider. RNVC believes that the community deserves a District Attorney that inspires trust and not fear. It is the fear of Mr. Nifong and distrust of his words, motives and competency for office that has inspired this movement...

Crystal Mess - More Dirty Tricks at MikeNifong.com?
...Certainly it would be misleading, at best, and lying, at worst, to portray entities and individuals as endorsers of one's election campaign a month before the general election if those entities and individuals do not, in fact, currently support one's candidacy.

The two endorsements published in The Herald-Sun were, clearly, made before the primary.

Further, the allegedly current "endorsement" of The Independent Weekly ("The Indy") newspaper was actually printed in that publication on April 19, 2006....

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