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Wednesday, April 11th 2007

To Put A Name To The Duke Accuser

The Smoking Gun (h/t Drudge) has posted the name and a mugshot (from a 2002 DUI arrest) of the accuser in the Duke lacrosse rape case. Since there’s no longer a rape victim to shield, her identity no longer need be hidden.

Her name is Crystal Gail Magnum and here’s her picture.

The North Carolina AG has decided not to press charges against Crystal Gail Magnum. According to TSG he referenced her mental health as a major factor in that decision. I didn’t see the presser but you can’t read the accounts of it without getting the feeling North Carolina is just trying to put this mess behind them. Would it surprise anyone if these ethics charges against Nifong amount to nothing?

That’s just pessimism. I think some disciplinary action against him by the state bar is likely. Certainly the Attorney General was highly critical of him.

As for the false accuser, I hope the AG is going off more than his gut and that he has a psychiatric opinion on Miss Magnum, from an actual sit down session with a psychiatrist since the start of this investigation. We should be talking about a psychiatric d/o so debilitating and clear that it can excuse her actions…at least enough. I doubt the state has been so diligent or that these sealed records are so clear. But maybe.

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