Only on the politically correct animal farms that are elite East Coast colleges could one woman’s lie lead a university president and 88 faculty members in 2006 to convict in the media three innocent white young men prior to trial - and even prior to the complete collection of evidence (“Where are Crystal Mangum’s liberal supporters now?” Web, Water Cooler, Friday).
Ms. Mangum’s long series of contacts with the law and Child Protective Services in the intervening years ended Monday when she was indicted for the first-degree murder of her boyfriend, Reginald Daye. Ms. Mangum is accused of murdering Daye by stabbing him in the chest with a kitchen knife.
Perhaps when the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) comes up for reauthorization and Vice President Joseph R. Biden yet again calls it his proudest political achievement and asks Congress to appropriate further billions of taxpayer dollars to it, we should think of Crystal Mangum.
GORDON E. FINLEY
Professor of psychology
Florida International University