Durham responds to purported Mangum filing.
See here the document.
Mangum denies new lacrosse-case filing
11.01.12 - 03:25 pm
By Ray Gronberg
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 Universitys 2005-06 mens lacrosse team.
No, thats not from me, she said after looking over the document. Its pretty far-fetched.
Mangums 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 shed 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, thats shes 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 Thursdays 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 shed been raped at a lacrosse team party.
Mangums 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 Mangums 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 hadnt met Nifong before the lacrosse case and hasnt spoken to him since February 2007.
She also said she doesnt know anyone in Philadelphia and asked, Who is James Eagan Holmes? She seemed bemused when told of the reasons for his notoriety.
Mangums former attorney, Woody Vann, had previously voiced doubts about the authenticity of the filing.
I think its just a hoax, Vann said. If it is [a hoax] and if a federal judge can find out who it is, theyre in for a world of hurt. Federal judges dont 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. Theres no way.
During Thursdays interview Mangum whos facing a murder charge in connection with the April 2011 stabbing death of Reginald Daye, 46 said shes begun working with a defense attorney from Louisburg. She recently sacked Vann.
Mangum also said she hasnt 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.