Testimony began in the murder trial of a North Carolina woman who once falsely accused members of the Duke University lacrosse team of raping her. Additionally, the case sparked a national debate about the behavior of college athletes. They’re the ones in which Zenovich probes the journalists who covered the case back in 2006, who look back on their reportage in hindsight with sheepish regret. The former prosecutor in the Duke University lacrosse team case was accused by the North Carolina state bar of more serious ethics charges, including withholding evidence from the defense, lying to the court, and lying to the bar investigators. Nevertheless, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, who labeled the players “hooligans,” vowed to continue investigating the case. The doc allows that she was already emotionally unstable as the world bore down its laser focus on her and her claims, but just barely notes that she could not participate in the film because she’s currently in prison, serving 14 to 18 years for the second-degree murder of her boyfriend. But Fantastic Lies’ resounding message is not that America should reflect even more deeply now on the sharp race and class divides that yielded such incendiary circumstances in Durham, N.C., a decade ago. In April of that year, the attorney general announced Evans, Finnerty and Seligmann had been wrongly accused and dismissed all charges against them. After penning a column calling out the Duke lacrosse team for not coming forward to name names and reveal the rapists in their ranks (“You know. By using ThoughtCo, you accept our, What Is Racketeering? The intentions of Fantastic Lies, ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary look at the Duke University lacrosse scandal, aren’t explicitly clear from its opening moments, when the mother of one of the three white student-athletes accused of raping a young black woman at a 2006 house party declares that this will be the last time she talks about the case that captured national attention and devastated more than a few lives a decade ago. Detailing the events the night of the party In April 2007, all charges against the young men were dropped due to lack of credible evidence and the district attorney was eventually disbarred for his mishandling of the case. He might know; he wrote a 2014 book on the subject and sat for his own extensive interviews with the filmmakers, which did not make it into the final movie. The letter was received by the mag’s editor, who never ran it. The Duke lacrosse case was a disaster—a caricature. In late December 2006, the accuser altered several key details of her story and Nifong dropped the rape charges but kept the kidnapping and sexual offense counts in place. The case, which involved false rape charges against three Duke University lacrosse players, began with gang rape allegations by an exotic dancer at a team party in March 2006 and ended with the declaration of their innocence in April 2007 The woman who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape was indicted for first-degree murder by a Durham grand jury. The former prosecutor in the Duke University lacrosse team case was accused by the North Carolina state bar of more serious ethics charges, including withholding evidence from the defense, lying to the court, and lying to the bar investigators. Crystal Mangum, 32, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, police said. Fantastic Lies, paced like a true crime thriller and directed by Marina Zenovich (Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired), has other designs. Suspects Wanted by the FBI for Crimes Against Children, The "Texting Suicide Case" of Conrad Roy III. Three former Duke University lacrosse players filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after settlement negotiations with the city of Durham broke down. The Duke lacrosse case would be a comedy of errors if it were funny to destroy the lives of innocent people. Nifong was heavily criticized for his rush to judgment and his heavy reliance on the faulty testimony of the accuser. On April 17, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann were charged with rape, sexual offense and kidnapping. She had been assaulted by three Duke players in a bathroom, she claimed. No DNA match was found in the Duke lacrosse scandal. Just when you thought the case could not take another strange twist, the second dancer dropped another bombshell on ABC's "Good Morning America" and the district attorney prosecuting the case admitted during a court hearing that he never even discussed the facts of the case with the accuser. He told me yes,” says Bilas. Leon Thrasher, a 31-year-old mining engineer and native of Massachusetts, drowned when a German submarine, the U-28, torpedoed the ...read more, On March 28, 1984, Bob Irsay (1923-1997), owner of the once-mighty Baltimore Colts, moves the team to Indianapolis. The State Bar of North Carolina filed ethics charges against Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong for making misleading and inflammatory statements to the press about the three accused players. Two of the members of the Durham, North Carolina grand jury that indicted three Duke University lacrosse team members told ABC that they are not so sure they would vote to indict again. Nifong, who was running for district attorney when the rape allegations were first made, was accused of aggressively pursuing the case to gain favor with Durham’s African American community. Mike Nifong—who was in the middle of a reelection campaign when the Duke case came along—bears an uncanny resemblance to Making a Murderer’s Ken Kratz, though the two men look nothing alike. The most provocative interviews in Making a Rapist: The Game Of Their Lives aren’t the ones with emotional players or family members, or the legal eagles who won freedom for their clients. The long-awaited second round of DNA testing results returned the same results as the first round, with no conclusive match to any member of the team. But it’s ex-newspaper columnist Ruth Sheehan who eats the most crow for her coverage. During his first term, Jackson decided to dismantle the Bank of the United States and find a ...read more, The funeral of Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, the namesake of the infamous execution device, takes place outside of Paris, France. Later, when investigators had her review photos of the team’s 46 players, she identified two of them. When neither of the two dancers that showed up was white, they apparently became the target of racial slurs by some of the players. In an article titled “Remembering (and Misremembering) the Duke Lacrosse Case” over at Vanity Fair, author William D. Cohan suggests that even the comprehensive outlining of events in Fantastic Lies still does not offer a complete and balanced chronicle. Ten years ago this month, Duke lacrosse players Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans were accused of raping Crystal Mangum, a North Carolina Central College student who was hired to strip for the team during a party. Crystal Mangum was found guilty of contributing to child abuse or neglect, damage to personal property, and resisting a police officer. Fantastic Lies is titled after the impassioned speech that Duke lacrosse co-captain David Evans gave to the press upon being charged with first-degree rape, sexual offense, and kidnapping alongside teammates Reade Seligmann and Colin Finnerty. “They didn’t print it.”, Dan Okrent, the former Public Editor of the New York Times, calls the debacle “a journalistic tragedy. The … Cooling water, contaminated with radiation, drained from the open valve into adjoining ...read more, On March 28, 1915, the first American citizen is killed in the eight-month-old European conflict that would become known as the First World War. Three players were later charged with rape. Jay Bilas, ESPN commentator and a Duke alum himself, recalls how he resisted the urge to jump to conclusions, suspecting there was more to the story. This action was part of the broader movement by the Confederates to capture New Mexico and other parts of the West. We know you know,” it began), Sheehan did a 180 in print when the accused were cleared of wrongdoing. Guillotin had what he felt were the purest motives for inventing the guillotine and was deeply distressed at how his reputation had become besmirched ...read more, On March 28, 1862, Union forces stop the Confederate invasion of New Mexico Territory when they turn the Rebels back at Glorieta Pass.