Friday, December 15, 2006

Birth after Duke rape accusation

WorldNetDaily reports:
Just hours after defense attorneys for three Duke University lacrosse players filed a motion claiming their clients had been misidentified in a photo lineup by the victim of an alleged rape that occured during a team party, Fox News and WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., are reporting that the woman gave birth last night at the University of North Carolina Hospital.

The reported birth comes nine months after she alleges she was raped by three players while working as a stripper at the March 13 party.

Following the party, the 27-year-old woman was examined at a local hospital and, according to a defense attorney, was found to be not pregnant at the time. She was given emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy.

This week, defense attorneys filed a motion that said male DNA from several sources had been found inside the accuser, but none from the defendants.
The Duke accuser, Crystal Gail Mangum, sure kept this a secret. Maybe the Durham NC DA knew about the baby, and hoped that it would look like a preppie lacrosse player. I guess I'll avoid mentioning the baby's name, as the baby is an innocent party.

Update: It turns out that Mangum is not scheduled to give birth for another 6 weeks. Meanwhile, here is another new story about prosecutor misconduct in the case:
RALEIGH - The head of a private DNA laboratory said under oath that he and District Attorney Mike Nifong agreed not to report DNA results favorable to Duke lacrosse players charged with rape.

Brian Meehan, director of DNA Security, said Friday his lab found DNA from unidentified men in the underwear, pubic hair and rectum of the woman who said she was gang-raped at a lacrosse party in March. Nurses at Duke Hospital collected the samples a few hours after the alleged assault. Meehan said the DNA did not come from Reade Seligmann, David Evans or Collin Finnerty, who have been charged with rape and sexual assault in the case.
They boys are still being charged, even tho they have airtight alibis and the DNA test was negative.

Thomas Sowell writes:
You think that is incredible? How about a statement made afterwards by District Attorney Nifong that he didn't say anything about this publicly because he was "trying to avoid dragging any names through the mud"?
Huhh? I thought that Nifong's main purpose was to drag innocent names thru the mud.

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