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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Nifong/Mangum Hoax — August 2, 2007

Updated - today's items:

Mike Keegan, InsideLacrosse.com:
Duke lacrosse: Four seniors will return next season -- Four of the five Duke lacrosse seniors who hope to return to the field in 2008 are a big step closer to making it a reality.

Attackman Matt Danowski, longstick middie Nick O’Hara, defenseman Tony McDevitt and goalie Dan Loftus have been admitted to their respective graduate programs. Coach John Danowski said there are still some logistics to work out that could possibly prevent one or more of them from returning. These final pieces of the puzzle, like scholarship money, financial aid and housing, will likely be worked out within the next week.

March 23, 2006, 46 of the team's 47 members comply with a judge's order to provide DNA samples and be photographedThe fifth player who had expressed interest in returning was Ed Douglas. Douglas, a d-middie and team captain, played as a fifth-year senior in 2007...

“I think if you talked to them today, about four of them would say they’d like to come back,” said Coach Danowski. “Then a couple are on the fence, a couple are not sure. … I was just online today and saw pictures of the guys with their jackets over their heads going to submit their DNA. Any kid who’s had to experience that, you can take your time, change your mind 100 times and I’ll support you.” ...

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Duke Ink--------
'Marginal Academics' have issues with KC Johnson
KC Johnson:
Channeling Roman Hruska -- In a bid to salvage the nomination [of G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court], Nebraska senator Roman Hruska, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, informed the press, “There are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren’t they? We can’t have all Brandeis...

In a recent DIW comment thread, an anonymous commenter—who was clearly familiar with and sympathetic to Group members’ scholarship and the pedagogical approaches of at least a few Group members—criticized the “Group profile” series.
Anonymous said... No, KC, in fact you aren't interested in a marketplace of ideas. This blog and its comments have long since turned into an echo chamber. The worst intimations of your posts are picked up on and amplified. You have never -- NOT ONCE -- repudiated the sexist and racist comments that have been made time and time again. It has long since been clear that you are, in fact, blind to your own investments in a caricature of progressive academics. The people that you drag into your spot-light are always marginal academics rather than folks who have had long careers with stellar pedigrees. You want to make a genetic argument: if one believes X about race/gender/class then one must believe Y about the false Duke rape allegation. You seem to think that the 88 individuals who signed the listening statement all have the same agenda, do the same research, and even disagree with you on every point about the prosecutorial misconduct. (In fact, they don't.) But instead of a nuanced reading of a complicated event, you prefer something that can only be called academic red-baiting. Then after naming an individual, you let your posters do the rest: the people on this blogs call folks at home, write them hateful, racist emails, and they harass them...
The eleven profiled members, it’s worth noting, include:
  • The chairperson of Duke’s Academic Council;
  • The dean of social sciences for Trinity College;
  • A research professor who was listed as one of the University’s top recruits in 2005;
  • The director of the University Writing Program.
... If “marginal academics rather than folks who have had long careers with stellar pedigrees” occupy such positions at Duke, the University has some serious problems....
comment: We're still confused by what "sexist and racist comments that have been made time and time again."?
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Forum topic(s) of note:
LS forum: VERY INTERESTING Nifong Info -- was told by someone in Durham close to Nifong that Nifong has an offer for a book in the amount of 2.5 million from a major New York publisher...

LS forum: Why is Duke immune from the wrath of the alumni?
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David Graham, The Chronicle Blogger/Duke Chronicle:
[Editor, The Chronicle]
Why We Pulled the Plug on the Message Board -- You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who values the right to free speech more than a journalist.

That’s why it was with great disappointment that I asked my online team to pull the message board function of The Chronicle’s website down this afternoon. Several members of the University community contacted me about comments posted on the board that were racist, repulsive and unbecoming of both The Chronicle and Duke University, and I was more than happy to remove those comments. After some reflection, I realized that in the short term, the more drastic step of disabling the boards was necessary.

Since the lacrosse case began, The Chronicle Online has been, for better or for worse, a major discussion site for those interested in the case. Although the vast majority of our readers have been willing to conform both to basic standards of decency and to our request that posted avoid profanity and vulgarity, there are others who have seen fit to post obscene, offensive and objectionable content, including racist and sexist speech.

That will not be tolerated on our website...

discussion:
LS forum: Duke faculty shut down Chronicle messageboard, August 1st, 2007
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John in Carolina:
Congratulations, Liestoppers. -- Have any of you been fighting for justice for the Duke lacrosse players since the Raleigh News & Observer began framing them on March 24, 2006?

Or did you join the justice fight after that? Whatever the case, can you believe that Liestoppers.com is only now celebrating its first anniversary?

Hard to believe, isn’t it? When Liestoppers stepped into the fight last year all the “smart people” were saying DA Mike Nifong was a shoe-in for reelection.

Liestoppers helped change that...
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Why didn't they show us the alleged crime scene?
John in Carolina:
Let’s See That Bathroom. -- Within a few days of the Raleigh News & Observer’s March 24 and 25, 2006 stories hyping Crystal Mangum’s lies about what went on in a bathroom in a house on N. Buchanan Blvd owned by Duke University, I began hearing from Durham Police officers and people who’d been in the bathroom in times past..

They were all saying the same thing.

It wasn't their disbelief of what Mangum was saying based on the impossibility of four people having a violent struggle in a bathroom with none of them getting a cut or worse, although many of them mentioned that.

What they were all saying was that if I could just see the bathroom, I’d find it impossible to believe four people could all have all squeezed in there and had room to even breathe, much less do what Mangum was claiming.

Since news organizations always want to describe “the crime scene” I really thought in a few days we’d be reading descriptions of the bathroom and watching TV news reports showing it .

But we never read descriptions of the bathroom or saw it...
comment: The question of why we never really saw the Duke bathroom "crime scene" is a puzzler. Back on May 15, 2006, TJN asked the question: "where is a floor plan or interior photos of the alleged crime scene?" 60 Minutes did show a couple of still photos of the bathroom trashcan, but they did nothing to put the size of the bathroom in perspective.
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investigating the News & Obscurer
John in Carolina:
Nifong N&O Anonymous Source (Post 2) -- Some JinC readers have questioned my report that the Raleigh News & Observer used then DA Mike Nifong as an anonymous news source last March when it ran a series of false and racially inflammatory stories trashing and publicly framing 46 white Duke students who played on the school’s Men’s lacrosse team. ( “ Nifong an N&O anonymous source (Post 1)” )

The readers have noted a source for my report, N&O news columnist Ruth Sheehan, has a less than outstanding reputation for reliability.

I won’t dispute that.

But there’s a great deal more than just Sheehan’s statements that supports my report...
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