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Monday, September 10, 2007

Duke Case — Pics or it didn't happen

The soul never thinks without a picture. — Aristotle
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Pics or it didn't happen -- I don't think a day has gone by when I haven't seen the phrase "Pics or it didn't happen" in comments over at Digg.com. Sometimes it's a necessary cry for images to substantiate stories; other times it's just plain ridiculous.

The phrase has become somewhat overused online, and is often met with many members of the Digg army burying those who dare utter the fateful words. There have been, however, some stories where some people have requested images, and someone has come through with the goods.

Here are 10 of those times: [...]

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Given the Digg motto, the way the Duke lacrosse photos were treated is a mystery.

The Duke lacrosse party pics helped prove that "something *did not* happen" at the party. So why did Mike Nifong, many in the main stream media, and lots of people ignore this important evidence?

Dan Abrams of MSNBC first showed the alibi party photos on April 19th, 2006. He had seen and talked about them on April 14th. The defense attorneys vouched for their authenticity. The NC Attorney General relied upon them to create a detailed timeline for the incident. They were key evidence in supporting the players innocence. The photos were the linchpin for The Johnsville News lacrosse party timeline (the first one), which was started on April 21st, 2006. Here was the most important photo:

Crystal Gail Mangum leaving Duke house with a smile on her face at 12:30 AM, March 14, 2006Crystal Gail Mangum going down the back steps of the Duke lacrosse house, reportedly with a smile on her face, at 12:30:47 AM, on March 14, 2006.*

Also, there was the police photo taken on March 16, 2006, two days after the party, that conclusively showed that Crystal Mangum had not suffered any injuries from an alleged brutal 30-minute gang-rape. The police and Mike Nifong, of course, had that photo in March 2006. KC Johnson first posted the photo online on March 24, 2007. Why did the police and Mike Nifong ignore its significance?

Crystal Gail Mangum, police photo, March 16, 2006

It is truly amazing that the lacrosse party photos and the March 16th police photo were ignored by so many. Pupils in the "something happened" school of retardation had to also fake blindness in order to justify their belief.

* we later learned that Mangum, in her inebriated state, is clutching lacrosse captain Dave Evans' shaving kit, perhaps thinking it is her purse.

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