Here’s the latest on the Duke lacrosse accuser

Here’s the latest on the Duke lacrosse accuser

Crystal Mangum, who gained national attention after she accused a group of Duke University lacrosse players of raping her at a 2006 off-campus team party, is back in the news this week. What’s the latest? Mangum, 39, filed a complaint Tuesday alleging malicious prosecution by the Durham Police Department and the Durham County District Attorney’s Office

Crystal Mangum, who gained national attention after she accused a group of Duke University lacrosse players of raping her at a 2006 off-campus team party, is back in the news this week.

What’s the latest?

Mangum, 39, filed a complaint Tuesday alleging malicious prosecution by the Durham Police Department and the Durham County District Attorney’s Office in her 2013 second-degree murder conviction.

Wait, murder? 

In an unrelated criminal case, a jury convicted Mangum in November 2013 of murdering Reginald Daye, who died days after he was stabbed on April 3, 2011. Mangum testified that she stabbed Daye in self-defense.

The Duke case was a long time ago. What was the outcome? 

Roy Cooper, who was the N.C. attorney general at the time and is now governor, ultimately dropped all charges against the players and declared them innocent after an investigation by one of his special prosecutors.

District Attorney Mike Nifong was forced to resign and later lost his law license because of his actions in the case.

Where is Mangum now? 

She was sentenced to 13 to 18 years in prison for the murder charge. She is currently in the Southern Correction Institution in Troy. Her projected release date is February 2026.

What does Mangum say now about the Duke incident? 

She still contends she was sexually assaulted at the Duke party.

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  • Sidney B. Harr
    January 26, 2018, 8:43 am

    Actually there were a few inaccuracies in the article. First and foremost, Crystal Mangum did not file the malicious prosecution against the Durham Police Department. She filed it against a Durham Police Officer Marianne Bond. Officer Bond was the sole witness at Mangum’s April 18, 2011 Grand Jury hearing, and she gave perjured testimony when she stated that Mangum stole two cashier’s checks. Officer Bond is impeached by her own April 4, 2011 report in which she stated that Mangum’s boyfriend Reginald Daye gave her the two cashier’s checks to hold on to. There was a collateral purpose for the Larceny of Chose in Action charge (an automatic Class H Felony) based on the false testimony of Bond… which was to invoke the "felony-murder rule" in order to upgrade the murder charge to first degree; a conviction of which is a mandatory life sentence without possibility of parole.

    As far as my involvement in helping Crystal Mangum, I do so because she was abandoned by the North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services in January 2017. Mangum’s attempts for legal representation has been eschewed by all other attorneys contacted including NAACP, ACLU, NC Innocence Inquiry Commission, NC Center on Actual Innocence, the innocence project at NC Central University Law School (Mangum graduated from NCCU), and attorneys in private practice.

    As far as the injunction against me, last Tuesday, January 23, 2018, I filed a Motion for Release on Recognizance Pending a Habeas Petition Ruling with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA. Some media is aware of the most recent filing, but have elected not to report on it, to my knowledge.

    It is not my intent to violate the spirit of the injunction, but Ms. Mangum has been deprived of protections afforded all other Tar Heelians because she broke the silence when she came forward with her sexual assault in the 2006 Duke Lacrosse case. Retaliation in Mangum’s case exemplifies the most severest consequences faced by female sexual assault victims by males in positions of power and privilege. The State and the media colluded in an attempt to have her sentenced to life for the death of Reginald Daye… which was due to medical malpractice by Duke University Hospital.

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