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Comparative Criminal Law Midterm

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-In March 2006, Crystal Gail Mangum, a black student at North Carolina Central University[1][2] who worked as a stripper,[3] dancer and escort, falsely accused three white Duke University students - all members of the Duke Blue Devils men's lacrosse team - of raping her. The rape was alleged to have occurred at a party held at the house of two of the team's captains in Durham on March 13, 2006. Many people involved in or commenting on the case, including District Attorney Nifong, stated or suggested that the alleged rape was a hate crime.[4][5][6][7]

issue: The photos were shown to Mangum as a powerpoint presentation, with each photo projected individually to Mangum, instead of displaying all the pictures arrayed together. For the first time, Mangum identified photos of Seligmann, Evans, and Collin Finnerty as her attackers. She also identified at least one other photo as being a player who was present at the party; further investigation showed he had not been there.

another legal issue: urity Inc. (DSI), a private company engaged by Nifong to perform a second round of DNA testing, produced its report (which DSI's director later admitted was incomplete). The report contained an analysis of DNA found on false fingernails discarded by Mangum in the party house bathroom trash, and concluded that 2% of the male population, including Duke lacrosse team captain David Evans, could not be excluded from a match with the fingernail DNA

When there is evidence of such massive abuse of authority for what seems like pure personal/political gain (the book argues that Nifong made a spectacle out of the case so that he could win election as DA and thereby keep his job, since his main opponent was the second Assistant DA, Freda Black, whom he fired when he was appointed DA by the governor),