Video: Duke non-rapists talk non-rape on “60 Minutes”

posted at 10:26 am on April 16, 2007 by Allahpundit

Lesley Stahl gets the get. No bombshells, unless you count Crystal Mangum showing up to an interview with the state AG’s people last week apparently drunk or stoned and asking them to press ahead with the case. Still worth watching, though, to see the relief on the kids’ faces and hear them describe firsthand how Nifong refused to so much as look at the exculpatory evidence they offered him. Takeaway quote #1 from AG Roy Cooper, describing the shoddiness of Nifong’s case: “It was much worse than we thought.” Takeaway quote #2 from Stahl herself, unable to muster a shred of anger towards vicious/unstable/vicious and unstable liar Mangum: “I feel a sense of sadness.”

Cooper says he won’t be filing charges against her, naturally, lest the prosecution of one of society’s Victims exacerbate racial tensions.

There isn’t much here either that explains what happened that night aside from a photo showing the allegedly freshly raped Mangum conspicuously smiling on the back porch. It falls to Newsweek to provide details, including the ironic fact that David Evans didn’t want to ask Mangum for his money back after she stopped performing for the team because he was afraid the guy who dropped her off would come back and kill them.

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Let the litigation commence.

rightside on April 16, 2007 at 10:38 AM

Lesley Stahl

That’s all I needed to see. Saved me the time of
viewing that unbiased piece.

Texyank on April 16, 2007 at 10:38 AM

Rape is a horrible thing. Confirmation of such is not an easy process. This is not the first false allegation of rape. Sadly, it will not be the last.

A very uncomfortable percentage of actual rapes go un-prosecuted (by fear of the victim). So when a “victim” is found to be a liar, not only is it a slap in the face to those who are falsely charged, but it cuts to the core of those truly suffered such a devastating crime.

So please tell me again why public caning is outlawed?

natesnake on April 16, 2007 at 10:51 AM

People called for jail time for Jennifer Wilbanks and she was lucky to get community service. Duke accuser walks away from the carnage scott-free. Imus calls someone a name and gets lynched. Racial victim status is the new diplomatic immunity.

Buck Turgidson on April 16, 2007 at 10:53 AM

Stahl feels “sadness”, rather than outrage. But AG Cooper used the word “outrageous” twice in his response.

At this stage, when everybody knows that the stripper and Nifong both lied continuously for a year, there’s no room left for a shred of sympathy for either of them.

They each need to be punished, both civilly and criminally, for the pain they have caused, and the laws they have broken.

Freelancer on April 16, 2007 at 10:58 AM

About what one would expect from that pandering, leftist electronic rag . . . “See BS”.

rplat on April 16, 2007 at 11:09 AM

I haven’t been following this story, so forgive me if this is a stupid question. But are these three guys going to get some kind of compensation from the DA’s office to offset all their legal costs and pain and suffering and such? Or will they have to sue for it?

aero on April 16, 2007 at 11:12 AM

Reade Seligmann had even more reason to be frustrated: He had a rock solid alibi. He had already left the house and went to a restaurant when the attack allegedly occurred, and could prove it with eyewitnesses, cell phone records and security-camera video of him at an ATM machine.

Seligmann says his lawyer tried to show these records and evidence to Nifong but that the district attorney refused. “He said, ‘We are not in the mood to hear fiction.’ We thought this was going to be over in days,” he says.

I can’t wait for June 12, when the ethics trial starts.

Quisp on April 16, 2007 at 11:18 AM

If ever there was a time to challenge Duke’s campus cult of intolerance, victimology and class warfare, now is it. Email the Trustees, care of President Brodhead, at president@duke.edu

petefrt on April 16, 2007 at 11:21 AM

Or will they have to sue for it?

aero on April 16, 2007 at 11:12 AM

The big G O V never gives it away . . well unless there is a political natural disaster/democratic voting block bondage. Anyway, they’ll have to sue.

- The Cat

MirCat on April 16, 2007 at 11:31 AM

I give these 3 Young men all the credit in the world for being as reserved and forgiving as they are. If I had been put through that, they’d put my picture next to the word “Vindictive” in the dictionary. I would be out for blood.

TheBigOldDog on April 16, 2007 at 11:40 AM

P.S. Taking bets on who will post the unedited pictures first. TMZ, The Smoking Gun, or Drudge.

P.P.S. For an AG to do THAT press conference and this interview; prison is in the mix.

- The Cat

MirCat on April 16, 2007 at 11:42 AM

I’m grateful to the MSM for describing the falsely accused Duke students as whiteall the time — like I wouldn’t notice. Morons.

wytammic on April 16, 2007 at 12:00 PM

These are 3 fine young men and I would be proud to call friends. The final statement in the interview is chilling.

Wade on April 16, 2007 at 12:22 PM

There are so many bad MSM journalist-frauds that it’s hard to pick out stars, but Stahl is among the worst I have ever seen. I have long suspected that the only reasons she is on the air have to do with gender-based affirmative action, and the undeniable fact that 20 years ago, she had really great legs. Being an ambitious girl, I also suspect that she wasn’t going to let a lack of talent hold her back.

But she makes my top ten of relentlessly biased tvpersons.

Jaibones on April 16, 2007 at 12:25 PM

If Mangum is as crazy as they are saying she is, then she truly isn’t criminally liable, and prosecuting her serves no purpose. It would be trivial to produce an insanity plea, and so wouldn’t be a good case to bring (that whole prosecutorial discretion that Nifong abused rather than use appropriately).

Nifong needs to go down hard, and there’s a long list of people that need to be taken to the cleaners, such as Duke and Durham. Since this case has many instances of actual malice and willful disregard for the truth, it will be satisfying to see the MSM get taken down in court as well. NYT and Nancy Grace being in the lead.

libertarianuberalles on April 16, 2007 at 12:28 PM

Heh. Victim of society with the power to falsely accuse, generate a year of wall-to-wall coverage for her empty case and after it crumbles under the weight of logic, rationality and decency, she still evokes sympathy from the media elite.

Victim my ass. She has all the power of a Caligula, and it’s even less deserved. She’ll probably get a book deal and a talk show on Oxygen out of all of this and be set for life. What a stupid world.

spmat on April 16, 2007 at 12:39 PM

I thought it was a great piece, personally. I enjoyed hearing from each of the three. Evans struck me as particularly astute, especially what he had to say at the end. None of three spoke with rancor or threats, especially toward the accuser. They seem like well grounded young men. I wish them only the best. They have had a horrible life altering experience thanks to a false mentally unbalanced accuser and a willful, crooked, deceitful prosecutor. God Bless these young men.

Glynn on April 16, 2007 at 12:43 PM

Glynn on April 16, 2007 at 12:43 PM

Ditto. Well said.

Wade on April 16, 2007 at 1:09 PM

Racial victim status is the new diplomatic immunity.

Buck Turgidson on April 16, 2007 at 10:53 AM

An instant classic.

Labamigo on April 16, 2007 at 1:26 PM

Let the litigations begin!

And pardon the pun (and the vast hostility), but screw Crystal Mangum, and her so-called mental illness. She is JUST the type of woman that makes it da#n near impossible to prosecute actual legitimate rape cases. I feel no sorrow for her, nor do I give a rat’s rearend what the black community in Durham thinks about prosecuting her. She filed false charges and stuck with those false charges for a year. She deserves some of the time behind bars that she nearly caused those boys.

I detest her ilk, as a woman, for contributing to the fear men have of women. And anyone that gives her a book/movie/media/etc deal deserves to be ostracized by the public.

tickleddragon on April 16, 2007 at 1:34 PM