January 16: Admitting Guilt? — Mike Nifong’s January 16 response to the Bar contains one particularly astonishing assertion. Relying on the transcript of the December 15 hearing, Nifong denied any suggestion that he entered into an agreement with Brian Meehan to intentionally withhold exculpatory DNA evidence. . .
In other words, Nifong didn’t “instruct” Meehan to withhold the exculpatory evidence. He just was “in agreement” with Meehan on the need to withhold the exculpatory evidence. Is it any wonder that the Bar produced such a vigorous amended complaint on January 25?
Nifong Auditions For America's Dumbest Criminals — The closer one looks at Defendant Nifong’s responses to the North Carolina State Bar, the more apparent it becomes that his attempts to avoid responsibility for his words and actions are more likely to qualify him for an appearance on America’s Dumbest Criminals than to save his license to practice law. . .
KSRadical, Community Bridge Blog:
Commentaries What Women Want… —
Originally read on 8 March 2007 - International Women's Daycomment:
Christopher E. Renner
"80 percent of all rape trails end with the men being found not guilty - example - the recent Duke University LaCrosse team scandal in which the players were made out my the media to be innocent and the victim a whore. In such cases as gang rape as the Duke University case typifies, what is her word against his, becomes her word against theirs which usually convinces the jury, the grand jury, or the DA that the victim isn’t telling the truth."
Wikipedia: Despite assertions by both feminists and anti-feminists, false reporting rates probably do not imply anything about the truthfulness of women in general. A high false report rate can result even if a tiny portion of the population may lie . . .
Here is a TJN example:
Numer of women in population 10,000 100%
Women who will lie about rape 200 2% of population
Women who lie about rape in one year 4 2% of 200
Woman who are actually raped (1 yr.) 27 .27% of pop.
Victims who will report rape 14 52% of victims
Total reported rapes 18 victims + liars
Percentage of false rape reports 22.22% 4 out of 18 rape reports are false
Forum topics of note:
LieStoppers:Ms. Mangum never said that a broomstick was used on her in her previous statements. See:
April 6 Conflicting Statements of CGM & JJ, Descriptions of days before the party — While the details certainly vary between the two descriptions, do both [Crystal Gail Mangum & her driver Jarriel Johnson (JJ)] appear to be missing a day?
comment: The defense team is probably fully aware of the discrepancies in the Mangum and Johnson statements regarding her activities in the days and hours prior to the lacrosse party. The defense specifically highlighted the following portion of Inv. Benjamin Himan's notes in paragraph 79 of their Dec. 14th Motion:The only reference in either investigator's notes to the accuser is Inv. Himan's statement that the accuser came to the police station and "was asked where she had been prior to the incident." Discovery at 1227.----------LieStoppers:
Father Knows Best! — Travis Mangum is the father of Crystal Gail Mangum. He was interviewed by MSNBC's Rita Cosby on her show "Rita Cosby Live & Direct," April 25, 2006.
COSBY: We know so far that there has been no DNA connecting your daughter to the boys. Can you explain how that could have happened and how the rape could have happened?
TRAVIS MANGUM: Well, they used a broom on her. If they used a broom then there wouldn‘t be no DNA.
COSBY: How do you know your daughter was raped with a broom?
TRAVIS MANGUM: Well, I heard it through the news and through some people and then she told me afterwards because she didn‘t want me to know that part.
COSBY: So she is telling you she was raped with a broom by multiple boys, is that correct?
TRAVIS MANGUM: Yes. She also said that they made her do oral sex on her too.
RITA COSBY: So she is saying that she is raped with a broom and then she was asked to perform oral sex?
TRAVIS MANGUM: Yes.
COSBY: And she is sure of that?
TRAVIS MANGUM: YES.
TJN: Linwood Wilson's Investigative Report Dated 12/21/06
TJN: Statement Analysis, II - Mangum April 6th statement
--------TalkLeft forum: Civil Suits Revisited - Now that it appears we are getting close to the end of this case and only knowing "Nothing Happened", will there be a Civil Suit against Durham? Duke? AV? Duke-3? DA? Captains? . . .
Stanley B. Chambers Jr., News & Observer:
Witnesses led police to rape suspect — A search warrant returned Thursday describes the investigation that led police to a suspect in the reported rape of a Duke University freshman at a Feb. 11 off-campus party.
Michael Jermaine Burch, 21, was charged with second-degree rape eight days after the 18-year-old accuser told police she was sexually assaulted while attending a party at a 405 Gattis St. duplex. Burch posted a $50,000 bond the day he was arrested.
Witnesses said the party drew more than 50 people. The victim told investigators she had danced with Burch earlier in the evening, court papers said. When she went to use the bathroom, Burch came in behind her and closed the door. Once inside, he forced the victim to the ground, hitting her head on a sink, and assaulted her, according to the search warrant. . .
John in Carolina:
A word about the "Addison Series" — This post is for those of you who've followed the JinC Addison Series... the previous posts, here they are in chronicle order:
“The Cpl. Addison Series.”
“Addison Series #1" - "This horrific crime”
"Addison Series #2" - "CrimeStoppers will pay cash"
"Addison Series #3" - "Not my poster"
“Addison Series #4 – “They call it ‘squeezing.’”