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April 16, 2007

CBS Continues Good Record On Duke Not-A-Rape

This 60 Minutes piece is so-so, not really breaking any new news, but still worth watching if you're interested.

One take-away: Even when Crystal Gail Mangum was being called in for additional questioning in order to clarify the confused and contradictory testimony she'd offered previously, she came in either liquored up or drugged out or both.

It takes a special kind of mindset to get fucked up on your way to an interview with the state's attorney general.

This print article is more interesting.

Some continue smearing the Duke lax players-- like Jill from Feministe, insisting, again vaguely because the facts just don't support her (like Mangum's various absurdities) that "someting must have happened." After all, mentally unstable substance-abusing car-stealing/police-assaulting admitted semi-pro prostitutes previously making wild accusations about rape and prescribed anti-psychotic medication just don't make these things up:

The overwhelming response, from liberals and conservatives alike (but mostly conservatives), has been to brand the accuser a liar. I’ve already had to delete a series of “gotcha!” comments from the moderation queue. Anti-feminists in particular are overjoyed with the players’ exoneration — not because they particularly care about justice, but because they think this is a good way to stick it to the feminists who support rape survivors, sometimes to the detriment of white men. These are the same people who regularly lectured us not to jump to conclusions, and to wait until the “boys” had their day in court.

...

-I am in no way saying that I think these three lacrosse players are guilty. My opinion on their guilt or not isn’t really relevant since I wasn’t there and I don’t know all the facts of the case, but if you’re interested, I don’t think that they raped her. That’s neither here nor there, but there it is.

-I do, however, think that something happened in that house — I’m not sure what else explains her fingernails on the bathroom floor, her leaving her cellphone and wallet at the house (especially if she’s a greedy whore, as many people seem to be arguing), and the medical examination which showed trauma consistent with sexual assault.

I would direct CSI Jill to this bit from the CBS article:

The case rested entirely on the word of the accuser, Crystal Mangum, despite the fact that she changed her account of the attack more than a dozen times.

Attorney General Cooper says he's appalled that Nifong didn’t challenge her about that. "We can't see where she was ever asked the tough questions," he says.

"Ever?" Stahl asks.

"That specifically contradicted things that she was saying. And when our investigators and attorneys started interviewing her again, new stories came out that had never been told before that did not fit with the evidence. So we went in and tried to get all of it rectified, and the way it turned out it was much worse than we thought," Cooper explains.

Asked if Mangum just lied, Cooper says, "The people who talked with her, and these are trained investigators who have been around for a long time, a number of them said to me, 'I've never seen anything like this.'"

One of the things that stunned them was that the accuser came up with a new wild and vivid version of her central allegation in the case, the alleged attack in the bathroom. Here’s what she said happened:

"She was suspended in mid-air and was being assaulted by all three of them in the bathroom. And I've been in that bathroom. And it was very difficult for me to see how that could have occurred. And then we got another new story," Cooper tells Stahl.

"Well, wait. Because it was so small or…" Stahl asks.

"It was a small bathroom. Yes. And you would've had to have four people in there in different positions that she was describing to us being attacked," Cooper says.

"Including up in the air?" Stahl asks.

"Including being suspended in mid-air. It was just difficult for any of us to see how that could have occurred," the attorney general says.

So let me get this straight. Absent the discovery of a complex canteliever-and-pulley-sexual-flying-harness in the bathroom -- a discovery I'm quite sure Mike Nifong would have revealed -- we're to believe that Crystal Gail Mangum was raped while floating around like Baron Harkonnen hopped up on Bene Gesserit meth?

Maybe she just got confused. Maybe it wasn't the Duke lacrosse team at all, but the notoriously badly-behaved Duke Acrobatic Sexual Assault & Levitating Synchronized Sodomy squad.

I've had run-ins with those guys. And let me tell you, once they've psychokinetically raised you in the air, they go at you with their meat-bats as if you were a friggin' pinata.

Honestly, I don't know how the hell those guys still manage to collect $5000 a year in student fees. I don't care how many Meals On Wheels fundraisers they hold, I'm just tired of being gang-raped by sodomaniacal Sith masters of white skin privilege.

Feminism 2.0: Women don't lie about rape.

Feminism 3.0: Women especially don't lie about psionically-assisted Fremenrape.

I think Jill from Feministe and Samhita from Feminsting should just start their own "Rapebusters" service, using the Ghostbusters' famous pitchline: We are ready to believe you.


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