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Duke Rape Hoax Exposed -- Again


About four years ago, a drunken stripper named Crystal Mangum accused several members of the Duke men's lacrosse team of rape.  The accusation was a hoax from the getgo, and evidence that it was a hoax surfaced almost immediately.  This did not stop an appallingly corrupt prosecutor, Mike Nifong, from formally accusing three men he almost surely knew were innocent.   Nifong was in a tough primary race to hold onto his job as District Attorney of Durham, N.C., a liberal community virtually drowning in political correctness.  Apparently Nifong believed that charging three white "jocks" would go over well with primary voters.  

Whether that was correct is a matter of debate.  What is not a matter of debate is that it went over well with a significant portion of the Duke faculty, who dropped the much heralded presumption of innocence like a hot rock in favor of a blanket condemnation of the presumptively guilty (and racist and privileged and thuggish) lacrosse players, not to mention any other non-minority who refused reflexively to genuflect before Those Who Are Sensitive.   The faculty and Duke administration turned on their own team without trial or even remotely reliable evidence (there being none), and terminated the men's lacrosse season.

The North Carolina AG undertook and investigation which showed that the whole episode was cooked up.  Not only were the three accused players innocent; there had never been an attack at all.

Now comes word from AP that Ms. Mangum has continued her storied career.  Today she was arrested for attempted murder and arson, among a few other things. 

DURHAM, N.C. --  The woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape nearly four years ago has been charged with attempted murder, arson and other counts after a fight with her boyfriend, police said.

Crystal Mangum, 31, was arrested late Wednesday on charges including assaulting her boyfriend, Durham police said in a press release.

Durham County jail records indicate she also was charged with identity theft, communicating threats, damage to property, resisting an officer and misdemeanor child abuse. A judge ordered that she remain in jail on a $1 million bond. Mangum had no attorney listed Thursday....

Mangum told police that she was attacked at a March 2006 Duke lacrosse team party where she was hired to perform as a stripper. The state attorney general's office later concluded there was no credible evidence an attack ever occurred.

The state's investigation found there was no DNA, witness accounts or other evidence that confirmed Mangum's story.

Former Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong was later disbarred for more than two dozen violations of professional conduct rules in his handling of the case. He spent one night in jail for lying to a judge.

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