Skip to comments.Cab driver in lacrosse case acquitted (DukeLax cabbie escapes Nifongery)
Posted on 08/29/2006 1:39:25 PM PDT by abb
The Durham cab driver who has surfaced as an alibi witness in the Duke lacrosse rape case today was found not guilty of a 3-year-old shoplifting charge.
Moezeldin Elmostafa is expected to provide an alibi for Reade Seligmann, one of three Duke lacrosse players indicted in the rape case, because he gave Seligmann a ride after the party that led to the rape allegations.
After authorities learned of Elmostafa's potential role in the rape case, they found an unserved warrant naming him in a 2003 shoplifting case at a Hechts department store at Northgate Mall in Durham. A security officer for the store testified today in district court that he saw a woman steal handbags from the store and then jump into Elmostafas cab, which sped away.
The security officer testified that the cab pulled away even before the woman had closed to the door. A store surveillance tape, played in court, appeared to show that the door closed first.
Defense lawyers in the lacrosse rape case have said that Elmostafa was charged because he is a favorable witness to the defense. Loflin put one of the lacrosse investigators on the witness stand this morning and produced typed notes from the lacrosse case that show District Attorney Mike Nifong wanted to be informed when Elmostafa was arrested.
Assistant District Attorney Ashley Cannon told the judge the shoplifting case has nothing to do with the rape case.
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Fantastic news! Thanks.
Like I said on the other thread. This man didn't deserve to be put through all of this.
Great news! Thanks abb!
Loved that part.
Cab driver in lacrosse case acquitted
in fare ruling.
Well worth repeating!! LOL! Nifong is a jackass!
Duke enlists P.R. firm in wake of lax
I guess Nifong should have called his "twin sister" to the stand, the one with 126 convictions...
Thanks Again for all the info on the duke threads abb :)
I wish we Could make you admin moderator at the courtv boards !!!
Wish we could Kick Coldwater to the curb , & hire you !
Something tells me I won't be picked for the PR job ;-)
No he didn't. This was nothing but intimidation.
"Persecution," by Stephen Miller
I strongly believe Broadhead should go. The boys need their reputations back. So does the university. When Mike Krzyzewski made the comment about them being "in the kid business" you could almost hear that slap. LOL. I imagine he wasn't too popular with some of the more "pc" crowd after that. :)
I believe he will turn out to be a very good witness for the defence!I would bet they threatened him,and tried to make a'deal',but he did not give in.Good for him.
Pic now up. Must see!
Durham taxi driver Moezeldin Elmostafa (center) listens to testimony during his bench trial in District Court today as Durham police investigators Benjamin Himan (at left) and Richard Clayton look on. Mostafa, a witness for the defense in the Duke lacrosse case, was charged in a three-year-old misdemeanor for aiding and abetting a larceny. He was acquitted of the charges. Himan and Clayton are investigators for the Duke lacrosse rape case.
Staff photo by Chuck Liddy
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