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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Nifong/Mangum Hoax — May 20, 2007

Updated - today's items:

Top-Seeded Blue Devils Advance To National Semifinals With 19-11 Win Over North Carolina -- ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Riding the Danowski-Greer Express, top-seeded Duke rallied from a 6-1 deficit to defeat eighth-seeded North Carolina, 19-11, in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship quarterfinals as 10,438 fans watched at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

The second-ranked Blue Devils improve to 16-2 on the year and will meet fourth-seeded and top-ranked Cornell in the national semifinals next Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The national semifinal berth will be the third for Duke, who made previous appearances in 1997 and 2005.

North Carolina ends the season at 10-6.

Zack Greer posted seven goals and three assists while Matt Danowski chipped in four goals and six assists as the pair combined for 20 total points. The win for the Blue Devils marks the third this season over the Tar Heels and the sixth straight over their chief rival...

GoDuke.com [women's lacrosse]: Final Four Bound! Duke Tops Johns Hopkins To Earn Berth In Philadelphia
AP/SeattlePI: Duke beats UNC in lacrosse quarterfinals

LaxPower: Danowski, Greer Lead #2 Duke's Surge to Final Four -- Duke is now 39-7 over the past three seasons...

LS forum: Duke vs. UNC, Live updates
KC Johnson: Men's & Women's Lacrosse Advance
Steve Politi, The Star-Ledger (NJ) [top of the Sunday front page]:
A falsely accused lacrosse star has new goals -- Reade Seligmann threw his fist in the air and sprinted onto the lacrosse field, his lungs emptying with a joyful scream. His alma mater, the Delbarton School, had just won the biggest game of the year, and one of his younger brothers had scored the winning goal in overtime. Just 10 yards away, Collin Finnerty was surrounded by dejected players from Chaminade High, but even he couldn't help but smile when he saw his friend celebrate. He is, after all, one of the few people on the planet who knows what Seligmann endured over the past 14 months....

Exiled from Duke and stuck in a holding pattern in the legal system, Finnerty and Seligmann found themselves without a team for the first time since grade school. Both turned to the places where people supported them from the beginning, becoming volunteer assistant coaches at their high schools...
LS forum: Reade and Collin, Coaching against each other
Mark Patinkin, Providence Journal:
Some are still trying to smear exonerated Duke students -- I was thumbing through Sports Illustrated when I came across a letter to the editor from a Wisconsin man named Gary Steele. It was about the Duke lacrosse case.

Now that the players have been cleared in court, you’d think they would be vindicated in reputation as well. Apparently not.

“Your story,” the letter began, “says that coach Pressler’s wife hugged all the lacrosse players after the charges were dropped. I hope she slapped them in the face afterward. Their choice to have an alcohol-soaked party to which they brought sex workers was the proximate cause of all that came after. They do not seem to have any sense of their own culpability in this fiasco.” ...

Although innocent of rape, it seems that in many eyes, the players are guilty of another charge — being young, male athletes...
Christian Swezey, Washington Post:
Duke Makes Up for Lost Time -- A Year After Scandal, the Blue Devils Are Winning -- Top-seeded Duke has a 10-game winning streak entering its NCAA men's lacrosse tournament quarterfinal against North Carolina today at 3 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

Included in the streak are victories over NCAA tournament participants Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Delaware, Virginia (twice) and North Carolina, and a first-round victory over Providence last Saturday...

John Danowski, Duke's first-year coach, said his team never spoke about deriving any motivation from what happened last season or the fact that all criminal charges relating to the incident have since been dropped...
LieStoppers blog:
Just Say "NO" to Nifonging -- On Tuesday, the Civil Judiciary Committee (Judiciary I) of the North Carolina Senate will meet to consider three Bills that are relevant to the protection of all citizens from the injustice perpetrated in the Durham Hoax. We strongly oppose one of the proposed laws, an effort to undo the State's open discovery law; fully support the second, an effort to broaden the same discovery statute; and, with one reservation, support the third, an effort to provide recording and transcription of Grand Jury proceedings that includes a procedure for the reporting of prosecutorial misconduct to federal law enforcement officials. Like minded and equally concerned citizens are encouraged to contact the members of the Judiciary I Committee prior to Tuesday's meeting...
John in Carolina:
A&S Faculty Dean Responded -- I head back from Dean McLendon...I have forwarded your email to Paul Haagen, chair of the academic council...

A reader said in part: “Virtually the entire non-student population at Duke has been quiet while a) a corrupt DA attempted to send [three innocent students] to jail; and b) a segment of the University’s faculty publicly expressed their absolute disdain for the very students they teach. The hundreds of other teachers at Duke let the Gang of 88 speak for the [Duke]. … It’s not that they [‘the 88”] see anything to apologize for – they simply are not sorry."

Good points all except at least a few of "the 88" now say they would not sign the "social disaster" statement again.
KC Johnson:
Sunday Review -- ABC-11’s Tamara Gibbs is reporting that Reade Seligmann and Dave Evans will attend Mike Nifong’s ethics trial (scheduled for June 12); State Bar prosecutors will decide, Jim Cooney stated, whether Seligmann will testify.

Indeed, apart from Crystal Mangum, it’s entirely possible many of the other key figures in the case—most notably Gottlieb and DA “investigator” Linwood Wilson—will testify. I will be in Raleigh for the entire trial.

Forum topics of note:
LS forum: Nifong deposed Thursday and Friday., Wonder what they asked him?

TalkLeft: Res Non Adjudicata
John in Carolina:
Cheshire’s News; JinC Comments -- News from Duke’s student newspaper, The Chronicle:
A six-page internal report on the Durham Police Department's conduct during the lacrosse case has left some calling for an external investigation. …

"I would not be surprised if [an independent investigation] would uncover conduct that was criminal in nature as it relates to obstruction of justice and creation of evidence," Joe Cheshire, an attorney for Evans, wrote in an e-mail. …
Commentary from JinC: Some people reading Cheshire’s statement may be saying: “What else is new? I’ve been saying that for months.” ...

So we can be very confident Cheshire feels sure criminal acts were committed by members of the Nifong/DPD “team;” and that it can and will be proven to the public beyond a reasonable doubt that the Nifong/DPD “team” committed those crimes...

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