Breaking! Duke Rape Accuser Changes Story Again

For the 56,864,631,657 time the accuser in the Duke lacrosse rape case has changed her story. This is a major problem for the DA Mike Nifong. The accuser in his case has changed her story so many times with on of the more recent being that she didn’t remember if she was penetrated or not. This creates a huge credibility issue for the accuser. Add on things like no DNA from the three players, and that DNA from other men (yes, multiple men) was found on and in her. That the line was a complete sham.

In her latest statement to investigators, the accuser in the Duke lacrosse rape case changed her account again about when the alleged gang rape occurred, who attacked her and how.

Defense attorneys filed the statement in court today, arguing that it was more evidence that the woman is an unreliable witness.

The woman adjusted the timing of the assault to earlier in the evening, a time point preceding the well-documented alibi of one accused player, Reade Seligmann. The defense, however, introduced yet more alibi evidence for Seligmann: he was on the cell phone with his girlfriend during the height of the attack as the accuser now times it.

I tell ya this girl just can’t win. She changes her story so that the alibi of one of the defendants no longer holds, and then it turns out he was on the phone, which cell phone companies annoyingly document. Additionally, most experts in these matters hold that our memory doesn’t get better over time but worse. This simply paints the accuser out to be simply an outright liar.

In previous accounts, the woman said the gang-rape ended shortly before she left in the car driven by Kim Roberts, the second dancer. Roberts called 911 as she was driving away at 12:53 a.m., according to police records. This new account leaves 50 minutes unaccounted between the end of the rape and the departure from the party.

No, what most of us outside the legal profession would call is “making sh%t up”. See,

The new statement runs contrary to time stamped photos of the party, which show the two women dancing between 12:00 and 12:04 a.m. in the living room of the house at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd.

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The accuser has changed her description of Evans. On April 4, she viewed a photograph of Evans and said it looked like one of her assailants, except that the assailant had a moustache. In the Dec. 21 statement, the woman said the assailant had a five o’clock shadow, not a moustache. Evans has a visible five o’clock shadow in the photograph.

Hmmm…was Art Vadelay also one of the attackers?

Nifong could not be reached immediately for comment today.

No doubt. He was probably trying out another lame excuse to use in regards to his ethics violations where the N. Carolina Bar has accused Nifong of being fraudulent and deceitful.

Update: This news account has the accuser saying that Seligmann did not rape her, but merely watched.

The attacker identified as Reade Seligmann only watched, she told an investigator, the papers said. While he was repeatedly urged to take part in the alleged attack, she recalled, he said he could not participate because he was getting married.

“The accuser’s most recent recollection of events demonstrates clearly that she cannot accurately recall and describe her attackers and that any identification made by her is necessarily unreliable,” the defense filing said.

Okay, so now he was merely a witness. And it gets even better,

The new timeline would put the attack outside of the apparent alibi window established by Seligmann’s attorneys, based on records that include ATM receipts and cell phone records.

But the defense motion said the accuser’s cell phone records show that she was on her on the phone during part of the time she now says she was attacked. Records also show Seligmann made a call on his cell phone during that period, the defense said.

Time-stamped photos and records of a 911 call made by the second dancer also indicate the women did not leave the party until shortly before 1 a.m., nearly an hour after the alleged attack ended under the new timeline. In an April written statement, the accuser said she and the second dancer left the party immediately after the alleged assault.

So not only was the accuser being raped, she was on her cell phone chatting away. Sure. I believe that.

In a bizzare side note, which says alot considering this case, we have this gem from the article.

The filing comes a day after the judge overseeing the case ordered a paternity test to determine the father of a child born to the woman. Defense attorneys requested the test in December to eliminate any paternity question, although Nifong has said the pregnancy is almost certainly unrelated to the night of the team party.

That is very smart, of the defense attorneys, IMO. Getting caught on the hook for child support is not a good thing if the kid isn’t yours…and once you are on that hook, getting off is next to impossible, even with DNA tests. Do it right now, right away and put that one to rest right off the bat. Of course, this is Durham we are talking about, apparently a city where a large segement of the population is so stupid it elected Nifong…a guy who doesn’t let DNA evidence or the lack thereof hinder him in his witch-hunts…errr court cases.

Also see K.C. Johnson’s post on this stuff today. It is very big, but it highlights how this case has become a complete farce and Nifong has completely perverted the notion of justice in Durham, N.C. This part is good,

One critical point to remember: in dropping the rape charges but retaining those for sexual assault and kidnapping, Nifong treated the accuser’s latest version of events, laid out in this motion, as wholly credible.italics in the original

Basically, it shows that Nifong is willing to go to just about any lengths to stick some sort of charge on the defendants. But then we already knew that Nifong was a duplicitous snake.

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Comments

  1. madmatt says:

    I wonder if there would be this level of outrage if it was a white stripper and black athletes….

  2. RJN says:

    That rouge Art Vandelay is at it again.

  3. Anderson says:

    For the 56,864,631,657 time

    Wow, Steve, you really *have* been following this story closely … 😉

  4. The accuser’s name is Crystal Gail Mangum. If the players are going to have their names (unjustifiably, as it turns out) drug through the mud, why shouldn’t her name be?

  5. just me says:

    This is a cast that never should have gone to the grand jury, much less this far.

    DNA evidence all but killed the case, but the star witness is killing it every time she opens her mouth.

    Nifong doesn’t deserve a law liscense, and frankly I think she should be charged for falsely accusing these men. At this point her story is full of holes, and rather than stop digging, she keeps digging more.

  6. BigFire says:

    According to another story @ KC Johnson’s site, this case represents nothing more than Mike Nifong’s attempt at holding onto his job for 3 more years (to qualified for the pension). Glad to see a ‘man’ willing to ruin 3 young men’s life (and a whole college sports program) for their pension…

  7. David L says:

    I think by this point, it no longer matters what the accuser’s story is. She long since lost all credibility. IF the case does not get tossed out of court, the defense’s biggest challenge will tear down the accuser without creating any sympathy for her on the jury.

  8. Steve Verdon says:

    David L,

    I think that would be easy, simply submit into evidence all the contradictory statments and then ask the witness which statment is true or if she’d like to change her story yet again.

  9. Mark says:

    I don’t understand the media’s and blog’s fascination with this case. Why is it worthy of this much attention?

  10. Steve Verdon says:

    Because it has lots of interesting components. There is the racial component, the class component, the gender issues, as well as it being a complete miscarriage of justice. If it were a television show, it would probably be rated higher than most shows on television.

  11. LJD says:

    I wonder if there would be this level of outrage if it was a white stripper and black athletes….

    Black college students tossed out of college, livess disrupted by a girl from the wrong side of the tracks?

    I think there would be outrage a plenty. ALthough, I don’t think that’s what you meant.

  12. anon says:

    It has less to do with race and more to do with politics.

    Feminist are very good at marketing that all women are oppressed and victims of men who are innately evil. Through VAWA and many other federal and state funding, these women’s coalitions have much lobbying power and can be counted on attacking male athletes, to promote a sexist stereotype that supports their “women= good, man=evil” mantra.

    Mike Nifong counted on these “Victim Advocacy Groups.” Oh wait! Blacks claim through inheretence that they are all oppressed and victims of whites, even if they’ve never experienced racism themselves.

    This whole thing was about groups wanting to claim “victim rights” for their own agenda. It was never about justice or right or wrong, it was about which group could cry the loudest of being the most biggest victim of the Nifong Rape Claim.

    Then of course there’s Mike Nifong trying to sell himself as the white knight crusading for victims, but he was exposed to be just a jester, a clown, performing for the crowd

  13. Concerned father says:

    “Conspiracy” is such a hot button, but the Nifong Rape case does fit that word. The stripper isn’t the head of the conspiracy, she only made up the lie to get out of being arrested..again.

    Mike Nifong certainly didn’t plan a conspiracy. He went down that road totally ignorant. He saw an opportunity to grand stand a crime he “hoped” really occurred so he could use to grab the media lime light to further his career. Many sexist and racist groups descended unto Durham to grab a piece of the media pie to further their political agendas, But even before the DNA evidence came back, Nifong claimed a “blue wall of silence” even though the boys voluntarily submitted DNA samples and submitted themselves to police interviews lasting over six hours without any lawyers. When the parents recognized the DA wanting to railroad these boys, that’s when the expensive lawyers were called in, but they weren’t called in to defend these boys against the accuser, these lawyers were called in to protect the bys against a rogue DA who had the power of the state of NC behind him.

    When the DNA evidence came back not matching anyone on the lacrosse team, this is when Nifong should have tried to calm things, but it was difficult because he had granted of 70 interviews proclaiming the entire Duke Lacrosse team’s guilt and conspiracy to cover heinous crimes. Instead, he further “spun” any information into something that could possibly be plausible, but in order for people to believe his “far-reaching-plausibilities”, he had to hide other evidence. Including ignoring the exculpatory evidence that solidly proves the “prostitute” was lying. At this point weather Nifong’s actions rose to the level of “conspiracy” is questionable, but when he involved Mr. Meehan — manager of the DNA Lab — to break his own lab’s policy to hide exculpatory evidence, this reached the definition of conspiracy.

    Nifong seemed to be slipping further down a slippery slope. If he wasn’t forced to recuse himself from the case, it’s not hard to believe that he wouldn’t have correlated the accuser’s story to fit the evidence remaining to create a plausible crime that could possibly be sold to an ignorant jury. The latest version of the “accuser’s” claim explained many holes in Nifong’s case (mustache, ATM pictures, etc…), but it changed the time line so bad that it contradicted statement given by neighbors that night.