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Filing in Duke lacrosse case alleges setup
The (Durham) Herald-Sun ^ | October 30, 2012 | Ray Gronberg

Posted on 10/30/2012 6:26:50 PM PDT by abb

10.30.12 - 08:41 pm By Ray Gronberg

gronberg@heraldsun.com; 919-419-6648

DURHAM – A new court filing purporting to be from Crystal Mangum says she can supply evidence in a Duke lacrosse lawsuit that she was paid, up front, to set up Duke University’s 2005-06 men’s lacrosse team.

The filing surfaced on Tuesday, a day after federal court clerks in Greensboro received it from the U.S. Postal Service.

It was styled as a motion by Mangum, acting as her own lawyer, asking that she be allowed to intervene in the civil-rights lawsuit that exonerated lacrosse players David Evans, Colin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann are pursuing against the city. It was impossible Tuesday to verify whether Mangum had indeed filed the motion.

The motion’s “statement of facts” claimed that Mangum had been a slave to a “ring of sexually perverted politicians” and was paid $50,000 by former District Attorney Mike Nifong to attend the lacrosse team’s now-infamous 2006 party and “fake a rape.”

“The rape never happened, this was a plot for Nifong to make a big arrest before he was re-elected,” the motion said.

It included several other, seemingly random statements claiming that Mangum was the victim of a CIA behavioral engineering program, that she’s now being framed “by the illuminati and New World Order” for murder and that she loves and plans to marry James Eagan Holmes, who is accused in Colorado movie theater mass slayings.

A reaction directly from Nifong was unavailable, but his lawyer, James Craven, through a secretary called the filing “the most remarkable legal document [he’d] ever seen.”

Craven also relayed word that he’d mailed a copy of the filing to Nifong on Tuesday, as the former prosecutor “may not even have seen it yet.”

Mangum is acting as her own attorney as she tries to fend off a murder charge in the stabbing death of Reginald Daye, 46. She recently sacked as her counsel Durham lawyer Woody Vann, who nonetheless has agreed to serve as an in-court adviser to her when the case comes to trial.

Vann, in a voicemail message, said he hadn’t heard anything about a federal court filing by his former client until The Herald-Sun called him Tuesday to inquire about it.

There was reason to question the authenticity of the filing.

Mangum’s signature on the first page of the motion had an unusual shadow behind it, perhaps a document-scanning artifact, that inspired questions in some quarters.

The envelope that federal court clerks received the filing in was postmarked in Philadelphia and gave as its return address the address of the county jail in “Durhum.”

The Philadelphia postmark and the signature were both dated Oct. 27. Mangum has been in the Durham County Jail since being arrested in connection with Daye’s April 2011 death.

It appeared few involved in the case were taking seriously the filing’s claims, be they about a $50,000 payoff or other matters.

One of Seligmann’s attorneys, Richard Emery, said it suggests Mangum is “as delusional now as she has been from the outset of this case.”

Another supporter of the former players, Brooklyn College history professor K.C. Johnson, in a blog posting called the $50,000 claim an “absurd assertion.” He also noted the filing’s claims would put Mangum at cross-purposes with allies who’ve publicly supported both her and Nifong.

Mangum’s mental health has long been a question. Criminal-defense lawyers for the lacrosse players and State Attorney General Roy Cooper in 2007 strongly hinted that her medical history didn’t help her credibility.

She received a psychiatric evaluation in connection with her current charges. But after reviewing its findings, Superior Court Judge Jim Hardin in December ruled she was competent to stand trial.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crystalmangum; dukelax; durham; mangum; mikenyfong; nifong; toolate; toolittle
See here the document.

http://lincolnparishnewsonline.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/102912-mangum.pdf

1 posted on 10/30/2012 6:26:50 PM PDT by abb
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ping

http://lincolnparishnewsonline.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/102912-mangum.pdf


2 posted on 10/30/2012 6:27:41 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

an anonymous motion?

Can you do that?


3 posted on 10/30/2012 6:30:09 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Look at who signed it.


4 posted on 10/30/2012 6:31:01 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Ginning up an insanity defense for her approaching murder trial.


5 posted on 10/30/2012 6:32:52 PM PDT by wrench
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To: abb

it would be too cool if this was true...

but I suspect she is still lying


6 posted on 10/30/2012 6:34:00 PM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: abb

She’s a liar.

Period.

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7 posted on 10/30/2012 6:35:20 PM PDT by Mears
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To: abb
weird

Mangum’s signature on the first page of the motion had an unusual shadow behind it, perhaps a document-scanning artifact, that inspired questions in some quarters.

8 posted on 10/30/2012 6:35:34 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Mr. K
but I suspect she is still lying

There's no question that she lied. The issue is what was the lie and what was the truth.

9 posted on 10/30/2012 6:36:50 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
Dear Crystal

I worry about you. You seem troubled. Please don't do anything rash.

Your Loving James


10 posted on 10/30/2012 6:47:47 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: abb

11 posted on 10/30/2012 6:52:58 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

Agreed. So why did Nifong ever believe her claims?


12 posted on 10/30/2012 6:54:21 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Even being a wordpress critter myself, on a court filing I’d prefer to see something more substantial than a wordpress document.

Also, I tend to be a little leery of the Illuminati.

Fnord.


13 posted on 10/30/2012 7:02:43 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Hardraade

The document was pulled from the PACER website of the US District Court, Middle District of North Carolina. I copied it myself.


14 posted on 10/30/2012 7:05:56 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

I live in Raleigh, NC. My girlfriend/significant other of the past three years is third in command of a security company, co-owned by a man who also owns a detective agency (dude’s awesome). It was HIS agency that broke this for this defense; that found out without a shadow of a doubt that this wench was lying through her teeth.

It was some fantastic detective work, FRiends, and I’ll leave it at that.


15 posted on 10/30/2012 7:09:57 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: abb

It fit his narrative.


16 posted on 10/30/2012 7:15:23 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: wrench
bingo...
17 posted on 10/30/2012 7:20:04 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: abb
And the methane gas continues to bubble up from the Duke University Faculty Lounge cesspool.
18 posted on 10/30/2012 7:24:09 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Bratch

Cheers!

19 posted on 10/30/2012 7:26:10 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: abb

Yeah, having looked a bit closer I’ll take your word for it. Amazing thing; even allowing for Mangum’s whackiness it fits in with the bigger picture.

Society is truly infested.


20 posted on 10/30/2012 7:29:25 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: abb
A new court filing purporting to be from Crystal Mangum Meth says...

Fixed it.

21 posted on 10/30/2012 7:35:59 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: abb

Thanks for the ping!

As much as I dislike Nifong,(and that’s putting it politely), Crystal Mangum is nothing but a deluded liar. The woman is insane.


22 posted on 10/30/2012 7:37:55 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: abb

Reverend Sharpton, please pick up the nearest courtesy phone.


23 posted on 10/30/2012 7:57:01 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: abb

Reverend Sharpton, please pick up the nearest courtesy phone.


24 posted on 10/30/2012 7:57:15 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: abb

This story is tougher to kill than a cockroach in an outhouse. Every so often it crawls out into the light and then disappears. What next?


25 posted on 10/30/2012 8:26:03 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: abb

save for later


26 posted on 10/30/2012 8:26:48 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: abb

Put that whack job in a padded room and muzzle her...


27 posted on 10/30/2012 8:30:22 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: abb

This chick is crazy. Did Nifong also pay her to have sex with at least 4 other men earlier in the day of the alleged rape at the party? She’s a whore and she was looking for an easy pay out from some “rich white boys”. Nifong, well Nifong is a Democrat who was making a name the easiest way they know.

I call BS. It was a perfect storm not a pre set plan.


28 posted on 10/30/2012 8:32:25 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: abb
So why did Nifong ever believe her claims?

He's a Democrat.

29 posted on 10/30/2012 8:33:50 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: PGR88

LOL that’s the best laugh I’ve had all day!


30 posted on 10/30/2012 8:35:04 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: abb

lol....why am I not the least bit surprised??


31 posted on 10/30/2012 9:25:29 PM PDT by Jrabbit
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To: abb
Agreed. So why did Nifong ever believe her claims?

Because 50K was a lot of money before QE1, 2 and 3. ;-)
32 posted on 10/30/2012 9:38:14 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: abb

I’d call her “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” but that would probably be seen as racist by her supporters because Cocoa Puffs are brown.

Having been on a jury a few years back and seen first-hand how incompetent the Durham PD and the Durham County DA’s office both are, anything is possible. This whackjob may yet walk free from an open-and-shut murder case where she’s representing her own crazy self in court.

}:-)4


33 posted on 10/31/2012 5:28:31 AM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: Mr. K
Hard to know what to believe here, but I see three possibilities as the most likely:
(1) This is a forgery. If it is, someone is going to be in a heap of trouble; federal courts don't take kindly to that kind of "joke."
(2) Mangum filed it, and she believes it. In that case, she is seriously psychotic.
(3) Mangum filed it, and doesn't believe it, but is pretending to be psychotic in the hopes of being found incompetent to stand trial in her murder case.
34 posted on 10/31/2012 2:28:39 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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Durham responds to purported Mangum filing.

See here the document.

http://lincolnparishnewsonline.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/110112-mangum-responses.pdf


35 posted on 11/01/2012 4:59:35 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/20685570/article-Mangum-denies-new-lacrosse-case-filing?instance=home_breaking_news

Mangum denies new lacrosse-case filing
11.01.12 - 03:25 pm
By Ray Gronberg

gronberg@heraldsun.com; 919-419-6648

DURHAM – Crystal Mangum on Thursday denied any role in a federal court filing that claimed she can supply evidence that she was paid to set up Duke University’s 2005-06 men’s lacrosse team.

“No, that’s not from me,” she said after looking over the document. “It’s pretty far-fetched.”

Mangum’s comments came during an interview conducted in the visitors section of the Durham County Jail, three days after federal court clerks added the filing to the record of a civil-rights lawsuit filed against the city by former Duke players David Evans, Colin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann.

The filing was styled as “pro se” request by Mangum, acting as her own attorney, to intervene in the suit to say that she’d been paid $50,000, up front, by former District Attorney Mike Nifong to “fake a rape” at a lacrosse team party.

The idea was that Nifong could use the resulting case to help his 2006 campaign for “re-election” as DA, the filing said.

The document also claimed Mangum was the victim of a CIA behavioral engineering program, that’s she’s being framed for murder by “the illuminati and the New World Order” and that she planned to marry Colorado mass-murder suspect James Eagan Holmes.

But there were reasons from the outset to question the authenticity of the filing, among others that it was postmarked in Philadelphia and had an odd signature.

During Thursday’s interview, Mangum specifically denied that the signature was hers.

“Could criminal charges be brought?” she asked. “Because this signature is not mine.”

The signature in fact differed from that on many of the publicly available documents Mangum is known to have signed – including the statement she gave Durham police in the spring of 2006 after alleging, falsely, that she’d been raped at a lacrosse team party.

Mangum’s signature in previous documents is in a loose cursive. One common but not consistent flourish is that the cross of the T in her first name overlaps the closing L.

The signature on the Evans-case filing is more print than cursive. The cross of the T in her first name ends halfway above the following A. The signer also appeared to spell Mangum’s last name as “Magnum.”

Her police-statement signatures always clearly placed the N in her last name before the G.

The differences in the styling of the signatures are pronounced enough that they contributed to skepticism about the filing even on Liestoppers, an Internet forum for supporters of the lacrosse players who generally have voiced disdain for their former accuser.

In addition to denying authorship or having signed the filing, Mangum also denied its substance.

“I definitely was not paid secretly $50,000,” she said, adding that she hadn’t met Nifong before the lacrosse case and hasn’t spoken to him since February 2007.

She also said she doesn’t know anyone in Philadelphia and asked, “Who is James Eagan Holmes?” She seemed bemused when told of the reasons for his notoriety.

Mangum’s former attorney, Woody Vann, had previously voiced doubts about the authenticity of the filing.

“I think it’s just a hoax,” Vann said. “If it is [a hoax] and if a federal judge can find out who it is, they’re in for a world of hurt. Federal judges don’t like to be toyed with.”

Two Mangum supporters, Sidney Harr and Victoria Peterson, likewise denounced the document.

“Believe me, Crystal did not file anything in the ongoing Duke lacrosse case,” Harr said. “The accusations are baloney, and should not be given any credibility, except to state that someone is trying to libel her.”

The filing is “bogus,” Peterson added. “There’s no way.”

During Thursday’s interview Mangum – who’s facing a murder charge in connection with the April 2011 stabbing death of Reginald Daye, 46 – said she’s begun working with a defense attorney from Louisburg. She recently sacked Vann.

Mangum also said she hasn’t been questioned by lawyers working on the civil-rights lawsuits players filed in 2007 and 2008.

The next move belongs to lawyers for the city and the players, who can give U.S. District Court Judge James Beaty Jr. their opinion on whether he should allow the requested intervention.

On Thursday, city lawyers turned in a statement advising Beaty they “do not intend to respond” to the supposed Mangum filing “unless and until directed otherwise by the court.” They added that the filing lacked some elements judges would ordinarily require.


36 posted on 11/01/2012 12:49:39 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: RightOnline

Of course we followed it here and in other places. I believe he moderates what’s left at Liestoppers along with the nursery rhyme maven, Joan Foster.


37 posted on 11/19/2012 5:52:25 AM PST by Memphis Blues (Never Underestimate the Power of Ignorance)
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To: RightOnline

Business must not be booming as the person I believe you speak of moderates Liestoppers under many assumed names, i.e., Mason, Lodge Pro, etc. Perhaps I am misinformed, but for months after the case was decided by the AG and before the lawsuits, he started multiple threads outlining the evidence of the frame by Durham police. I would suggest he is a big fish in a little pond and got lucky with the case.


38 posted on 12/14/2012 8:39:05 AM PST by Memphis Blues (Never Underestimate the Power of Ignorance)
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To: Memphis Blues

No, not the same person. He can barely access the Internet on a computer. Trust me, I know. GREAT detective; an idiot when it comes to computers.


39 posted on 12/14/2012 9:39:06 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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