Duke Lacrosse Scandal

Perhaps you have already heard about the Duke Lacrosse Scandal in North Carolina in 2006. We believe it is an important issue that definitely needs to be mentioned. This is why we want to provide some basic information about the incident.

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March 13, 2006

For all American students, this date means Spring Break time. At the Duke University, some students stayed at the university, including the lacrosse team.
Because they wanted to have a funny evening, so they met at the house of the team captains, 610 North Buchanan Boulevard, to have a party. Someone came up with the idea to hire strippers. Shortly afterwards, two dark-skinned dancers, Crystal Mangum and Kim Roberts came to the party. A short time later there were some misunderstandings between the players and the strippers, because some party guests made racist comments. Kim went outside and many guests left the party. Shortly before 1:00a.m. the two girls left. In the car they quarreled, so Kim wanted to throw Crystal out of the car, but she did not go. Then Kim called the police, who took Crystal with them. Eventually she began to talk to the police officer. She said that she was raped, strangled and detained. She was immediately looked in the Duke University Medical Center, but they could not notice anything. They only found three small incisions in the knee and the heel. She made the Duke Lacrosse team members responsible for the rape. All people believed her immediately, because one of the lacrosse players sent an e-mail, when he was at home after the party. It was a quote from American Psycho, which they had to read in school: ‘To whom it may concern, tomorrow night, after tonights show, ive decided to have some strippers over to edens 2c. all are welcome.. however there will be no nudity. I plan on killing the bitches as soon as the[y] walk in and proceding to cut their skin off while cumming in my duke issue spandex . . all in besides arch and tack [two of this teammates] please respond’. After this e-mail, everyone thought it was a racist act.

The rest of march 2006

A drop of the lacrosse players in the Duke Lacrosse Scandal

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The next three days the police investigation started with house searches and DNA samples. All of the three captains of the Duke lacrosse team voluntarily gave them the samples. They even wanted to do a polygraph test, but the police refused. The police also interviewed Crystal, using photos. In this kind of offender search, they show the respondent photos of potential offenders, but also pictures which are showing people who cannot have been the offender, because they were not there, or because they have nothing to do with the incident. This procedure is mandatory for the police to test the credibility of the victim. In this case, the police ignored this and showed her pictures of the lacrosse team members. At this time she identified no one. The only thing that she said was, that Reade Seligmann and David Evans have been at the party. In the end of March the Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong was involved. Instantly he made countless press releases, in which he insisted again and again that a crime has taken place, that it was racially motivated and that the lacrosse players were guilty. And he did this after the current, meager status of the investigation. Of course, the citizens were attentive and organized demonstrations and so on. There was an uproar because of alleged racist offenses.

April 2006

In April Crystal was shown some pictures again. But this time they only showed her pictures of the light-skinned lacrosse players of the team. She then identified Seligmann, Evans and Collin Finnerty as attackers. Additionally she identified another player and said he has been at the party, but it turned out that he was not at the party this evening. Furthermore it was proven that Crystal had three small cuts, which they had found at their first examination, already when she came to the party. She was already impaired at the time of the party. It was also pointed out that not all lacrosse team members were subjected to a DNA test. 04-18-2006 Seligmann and Finnerty were arrested and indicted on charges of first degree forcible rape, first degree sexual offense and kidnapping.

May and June 2006

A second round of DNA testing of all team members was carried out by a private company that was hired by Nifong. The report showed that the DNA under the fingernails of Crystal was from the team captain David Evans. He assured his innocence, but he also was accused of brutal rape, sexual assault and kidnapping.
According to the testimony of Kim Roberts, the rape must have taken about five minutes, because she and Crystal were together for the rest of the time.

December 2006

On December 15, it was revealed that information of the DNA report has been hidden because Brian Meehan, the director of the private DNA testing labs had an agreement with the Attorney Nifong. In the retained information, there was evidence, which was exculpatory for the boys. On December 22, the prosecuter dropped all charges against the three lacrosse players and Crystal said she is not sure about some aspects of her original story. In the end of December the North Carolina State Bar filed ethic charges against Nifong over his conduct in the case, accusing him of making public statements that were prejudicial to the administration of justice and heightened public condemnation of the accused, and of engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

January – April 2007

Lacrosse stick during the Duke Lacrosse Scandal

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In January a further indictment of Nifong was adopted, namely for systematic abuse of prosecutorial discretion that was prejudicial to the administration of justice when he withheld DNA evidence to mislead the court. In April it was published that the charges against the three lacrosse players were dropped. However, Crystal is not criminal offenses. Investigators and lawyers said that it would be in the interest of justice, to adopt her no fees. On April 12, the three lacrosse players were declared innocent by the Attorney General in court, but Nifong as the ‘rogue prosecutor’.

Posthistory Mike Nifong

On 16th June 2007 Nifong’s license was revoked and ultimately he was found guilty and for fraud, dishonesty, deception or misrepresentation, false presentation of material facts in court and withholding exculpatory evidence. On 18th June 2007, Nifong has been removed from his post. On 31th August 2007 he was also sentenced to one day in jail. In 2008 he went bankrupt, but the three lacrosse players claimed for damages, which they got through in the end. In July 2014 several cases of Nifong were reopened to check if everything went correctly.

Posthistory and the problems of Crystal Mangum

Before she went to the party, she drank alcohol and took prescription drugs. In retrospect, it was found out that she took ambien, methadone, paxil and amitriptyline. She also suffers from a dipolar disorder. In May 2008, she completed her degree in police psychology. In the end of 2008 a book about Crystal Mangum with the title ‘The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story’ was published. The book was not only about the Duke lacrosse scandal, but her entire life. She was allegedly raped in the age of 14 for the first time. In the book she said that the three lacrosse players raped her. On 3 April, 2011 Crystal killed her boyfriend Reginald Daye and was declared guilty at November 15, 2013 and now she is in the prison for second-degree murder.

This is a new short report about Crystal Mangum and the case with her boyfriend.

Posthistory Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans

According to the author William D. Cohan everyone should have received 20 million US-Dollar for pain and suffering subject to confidentiatl order.
In autumn 2007 Reade Seligmann wen to the Brown University, where he was an important part of the lacrosse team. He was an active supporter of fundraisers for the project innocence. In 2013 he went to the Emory University School of Law. His experience in the Duke lacrosse scandal have motivated him to attend the law school.
Collin Finnerty graduated in 2010 his degree at the Loyola College in Maryland.
David Evans had already graduated at that time at the Duke University. In May 2012, he received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Here we have a short video contribution to the Duke lacrosse scandal.

We hope we could explain and describe you the bizarre Duke lacrosse scandal. It lacks the words to express what all went wrong there. It was an important event and it should be treated with the proper respect.
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