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Monday, May 21, 2007

Nifong/Mangum Hoax — May 21, 2007

Updated - today's items:

Clay Waters, TimesWatch.org:
Innocent Duke Lacrosse Players Slimed Once Again --

Pete Thamel/NY Times: "Thompson was quick to point out the complexities in the Duke case, which he predicted could be glossed over if the team were to make a run to the national championship. The Duke players hired strippers for their party and were heard by neighbors making racist remarks that night. Reports later surfaced that 15 team members had been arrested in the three years before the party in March 2006."
In a failed apparent attempt to provide some balance to the paper's shoddy pro-prosecution coverage of the Duke lacrosse "rape" hoax, Sunday's Sports section featured sports reporter Pete Thamel on the reinvigorated 2007 Duke lacrosse team, which that morning was on the verge of making it to lacrosse's "Final Four" ...
KC Johnson:
More Bad Times -- The New York Times continues to go out of its way to present the case against Duke lacrosse players in the worst possible light...
LieStoppers blog:
The Name Game and The Medical Records -- In a recent post, we noted that Durham Chief of Police, Steve Chalmers, contradicted the sworn statement of Investigator Benjamin Himan when explaining the rationale for the Hoax lineups conducted on March 21, 2006. Chalmers asserted that the basis for targeting David Evans and Dan Flannery in those lineups was Crystal Mangum's preposterous claim that "Matt" was the real name of "Dan Flanigan." ...

In his subsequent affidavit in support of the request for the illegally obtained non-testimonial identification order, Inv. Himan stated, falsely if Chalmers is taken at his word, that the basis for the Fake Name Theory was Mangum's contention that Dan Flannery had used the fake name "Adam." ...
Adam Himmelsbach, NY Times:
Return to the Final Four a Family Affair for Duke -- When Duke’s 19-11 victory against North Carolina in an N.C.A.A. tournament quarterfinal was complete, Blue Devils attackman Matt Danowski made a beeline toward his father, Coach John Danowski, and wrapped him in a bear hug. The father patted his son’s head and smiled as the Duke fans among the 10,438 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium celebrated.

For Matt, a member of the 2005 Duke team that reached the national championship game, the Final Four is nothing new. But for his father, Sunday’s victory fulfilled a dream and ended a long and sometimes difficult wait.

John Danowski coached Hofstra for 21 seasons and reached the N.C.A.A. tournament eight times, but he never led the Pride to the Final Four. In a quarterfinal last season, Hofstra squandered a five-goal fourth-quarter lead and lost in overtime to Massachusetts.

“I remember seeing how disappointed he was after that,” Matt Danowski said. “I wanted him to get it so badly, and there was a sense that that was his chance. But now we’re here and we’re doing it together, and it’s pretty cool.” ...
Edward G. Robinson III, News & Observer:
Devils power their way to Final Four -- UNC bolts to early lead, but Duke rallies furiously in the second half to seize control -- Back in March when the Duke men's lacrosse team had ascended to the position of the top-ranked lacrosse team in the nation, head coach John Danowski said it was too soon for the Blue Devils to own that distinction.

With losses to Loyola and Cornell, he actually voted against his squad in the USILA coaches poll, trying to keep players grounded in reality. Before the postseason, Duke was awarded a No. 2 ranking.

Six weeks after his initial assessment, Danowski has changed his mind. A 19-11 come-from-behind victory over rival North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday persuaded his thinking.

Especially now that the Devils are headed to the Final Four for the third time in school history.

"Number one," said Danowski of his new choice, his top-seeded team (16-2) having proved its mettle against eighth-seeded UNC (10-6) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium before an announced crowd of 10,438...
Mike Preston, Baltimore-Sun:
Duke finds the pedal, then pushes UNC out -- 3rd quarter decisive in quarterfinal win; Danowski, Greer team for 20 points

Gary Lambrecht, Baltimore-Sun:
Signs point to Duke-Hopkins final -- Blue Devils' run one of several intriguing final four story lines

Erik Boland,Newsday: Duke reaches lacrosse Final Four
KC Johnson:
Upholding "Separate-but-Equal" Justice -- On September 12, Captain Ed Sarvis of the Durham Police Department admitted that the Durham Police had an official policy of meting out disproportionate punishment Duke students, as a class, for alcohol- and noise-related offenses. When confronted with police records showing that Sgt. Mark Gottlieb had arrested 10 times as many Duke students as the other three District Two supervisors combined, Sarvis replied that the sergeant “was doing his job, and doing what I asked him to do.” The implication? The sergeants who didn’t handcuff and arrest Duke students (and only Duke students) for minor alcohol-related offenses weren’t doing their job...

“Separate-but-equal” systems of justice are all but certain to lead to abuses, as we have seen in Durham over the past 18 months. Rectifying the situation, to borrow a phrase, provides a “learning opportunity” for the administration. President Brodhead and his advisors should seize the chance to act.
Forum topics of note:
TalkLeft: Of all the characters in this case, who bothers you the most? -- Sarah -- Clearly the actions of many in law enforcement have very troubling, I also found the behavior of many within the Duke faculty very disturbing, the gang of 88 in particular, but also those, such as Broadhead, who seemed only too willing to subscribe to the hoax. One has to question whether people who are so ready to place a political ideology ahead of the welfare of their students, and who seem to believe that civil rights and due process should be extended only to favored groups and abandoned for the sake of a cause, should be educating our children.

This case had turned a spotlight on people within academia who are not fit to be there, but who's positions appear entrenched, and one wonders what influence they are having on vulnerable minds.

LS forum: Streaming link to Mondays meeting, reminder {Durham City Council] meeting starts at 7:00

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