The case evoked varied responses from the media, faculty groups, students, the community, and others. The case's resolution sparked public discussion of racismsexual violence, media bias, and due process on campuses, and ultimately led to the resignation and disbarment of the lead prosecutorDurham County District Attorney Mike Nifong. In MarchCrystal Gail Manguma black student at North Carolina Central University   who worked as a stripper prostitute  and dancer, accused three white Duke University students — all members of the Duke Blue Devils men's lacrosse team — of raping her.
Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, one of the most prestigious centres of academic and sporting achievement in America, was engulfed in scandal yesterday as police stepped up an investigation into allegations of a savage rape of a hired stripper at a party attended by members of its lacrosse team. The elite campus has been in turmoil, with noisy protests erupting daily, ever since police divulged details of the case last week. Tensions deepened with the release on Wednesday of an e-mail from one of the team members sent just after the alleged rape, in which he fantasised about killing strippers and cutting off their skin.
Jackson told The Associated Press Saturday that his organization is committed to making sure the year-old divorced mother of two will never again "have to stoop that low to survive. Jackson has not spoken with the woman, who is a student at North Carolina Central University, a historically black university. DNA tests on all 46 of the lacrosse team's white members failed to match any evidence taken from their accuser.
The woman at the centre of the Duke University lacrosse player rape scandal has been charged with trying to kill her boyfriend, police said. Crystal Mangum is accused of stabbing the man, named locally as Reggie Wilson, in the chest after an argument in the early hours of Sunday morning in the apartment they share in Durham, North Carolina. The year-old was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, while Wilson was recovering in hospital.
Ten years ago, on the night of March 13,Mangum and another woman were hired by members of the Duke Lacrosse team to dance and strip at a house party. Early the next morning, she reported to Durham police that she had been sexually assaulted by some of the lacrosse players. The allegations riveted the nation.
Now, the woman, Kim Roberts, is not so sure. Roberts told The Associated Press on Thursday in her first on-the-record interview. But after watching defense attorneys release photos of the accuser, and upset by the leaking of both dancers' criminal records, she said of the lacrosse players that she had to "wonder about their character.
The case captivated the country, with the media breathlessly reporting the statements of prosecutor Mike Nifong, who was later fired, disbarred and imprisoned for 24 hours, and then those of the players' defense attorneys in a seemingly endless loop of contradictions. In AprilNorth Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said there was "no credible evidence that an attack occurred at that house on that night," dropped the charges against the athletes and declared them innocent. Mangum is serving a prison sentence of up to 18 years for the murder of her boyfriend.
After a disgruntled resident set up a petition to remove their Duke and Duchess of Sussex title, councillors have to give the bizarre request airtime. And as it now has more than 1, signatures it has beaten the 1, threshold for council to put it on a meeting agenda. When the petition first emerged Sussex residents reaction with outrage, and one person tweeted: "Seriously!!!
About a month after members of the Duke lacrosse team were falsely accused of raping a stripper last year, 88 members of the Duke faculty fanned the flames of hysteria by signing a letter announcing that they were "listening" to students "who know themselves to be objects of racism and sexism. Maybe they should have been listening to the accused, several of whom had iron-clad alibis. Now the professors are going to need a new example of "racism and sexism" at Duke since their case in chief has turned out to be a fraud. In lieu of a gang rape perpetrated by high-stepping white male athletes against a poor black woman, the Duke lacrosse case has turned out to be another in a long string of hoax hate crimes in which whites are falsely accused.