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Friday, April 27, 2007

Nifong/Mangum Hoax — The Cooper Report

Updated - today's items about Cooper report:

North Carolina Attorney General's Office - Summary of ConclusionsWRAL:
Attorney General's Office Releases Findings in Duke Lacrosse Case -- Special prosecutors found no credible evidence that an exotic dancer was attacked by three former Duke lacrosse players and that her testimony would have been contradicted by evidence in the case from numerous sources, according to a report released Friday by the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.

"The reinvestigation led to the conclusion that there was no credible evidence to support the allegation that the crimes occurred. The new investigation revealed additional weaknesses in the State's case based on the case files that had already been developed," the report said...

Among other key findings, special prosecutors, appointed to the case after Nifong recused himself in January, Mangum's testimony would have been contradicted by significantly different version of events she told, a questionable photo lineup in which she identified the three defendants and that her credibility would have been suspected based on previous encounters with law enforcement, her medical history and inconsistencies within her statements.

more to come....

News & Observer: Report summing up Duke lacrosse investigation by the state Attorney General's office [21 pages, pdf]
WRAL[read the report]: AG Cooper's "Summary of Conclustions" [21 pages, flash]
NC DOJ: Office of AG -- Summary of Conclusions [21 pages, pdf]

Crystal Gail Mangum mugshot 2004The Smoking Gun:
Final Duke Rape Report Issued -- One portion of Cooper's report addresses "credibility issues" on the part of adult dancer Crystal Mangum, who leveled rape charges against the three Duke students. In another section of the document, Cooper describes recent interviews with an erratic Mangum during which she made several new claims that were contradicted by "photographic, documentary, and testimonial evidence." Additionally, during an April 4 meeting with investigators, Mangum (pictured in the above mug shot) "demonstrated unsteady gait, slurred speech" and other mannerisms consistent with her behavior on the night of the purported assault. The report notes that prosecutors confirmed that prior to her meeting with investigators, Mangum took several prescription drugs, including methadone; the sedative Ambien; and Paxil, an antidepressant. (21 pages)

John F. Burness, Duke senior vice president, Duke.edu:
Statement by John F. Burness on Summary of Conclusions by N.C. Attorney General's Office -- We welcome this report as we welcomed the Attorney General’s announcement on April 11. “We now await the N.C. State Bar’s review of the charges against Mr. Nifong for his conduct in this case.”
Prof. John Banzhaf, Geo. Wash. Univ./FODU:
AG Report Strengthens Case for Nifong Disbarrment and Liability -- Duke Univ. Urged to Seek His Dismissal and Hold Him Liable
Anne Blythe & Joe Neff, News & Observer:
AG releases lacrosse report -- The report highlights missteps in the early investigation and provides details that led Cooper to sharply criticize Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong as a rogue prosecutor.

The Attorney General's staff interviewed the accuser, Crystal Gail Mangum, several times. They were the first investigators to probe the numerous inconsistencies in her prior statements.

"In meetings with the special prosecutors, the accusing witness, when recounting the events of that night, changed her story on so many important issues as to give the impression she was improvising as the interviews progressed, even when she was faced with irrefutable evidence that what she was saying was not credible," the report said.

"The accusing witness attempted to avoid the contradictions by changing her story, contradicting previous stories or alleging the evidence was fabricated." . . .
Joseph Mallia, Newsday:
AG: Accuser's claims exonerated Duke players -- John F. Burness, senior vice president for public affairs and government relations at Duke University, said: "We welcome this report as we welcomed the attorney general's announcement on April 11. We now await the N.C. state bar's review of the charges against Mr. Nifong for his conduct in this case."

Nifong could not be reached Friday.

Among other evidence, the report found the accuser made seven new allegations in her interviews during the past few months, each contradicted by "verified and credible photographic, documentary and testimonial evidence."

They included a claim that she was not with the other dancer when a 911 call was made, that the two women left together at 11:50 p.m., and that two of the players threw her onto the back porch after the alleged assault.
John in Carolina:
AG Roy Cooper's Report -- Imagine Mnagum’s degree of drug dependency that she shows up stoned at the Special Prosecutor’s office.

I hope Durham County Department of Social Services will examine whether she’s fit to be mothering three children, including an infant. She seems as unfit for that task as Nifong is to be DA...
LieStoppers forum: Coopers Report on Nifong/Mangum Hoax

KC Johnson: [see comments] AG Report -- The conclusions of SANE nurse-in-training Tara Levicy that Mangum exhibited symptoms consistent with a rape were based entirely on Levicy's subjective observations, rather than any medical evidence at all.

LieStoppers blog: Nifong/Mangum Hoax Report

FreeRepublic: Attorney General's Report: Summary of Conclusions (RE: Faux Duke "Rape" Case)
FreeRepublic: AG: Accuser's Claims Exonerated Duke Players (CGM Insisted "I'm a Cop," While Babbling Incoherently)

TalkLeft: AG Cooper's Summary of Conclusions

CourtTV forum: Breaking News A.G. Duke Hoax Report Out Today