Thursday, August 5, 2010

Million dollar bail… a case comparison – Part 11

On June 4, 2010, sixteen year old Ashley Moore of Dunn, NC, died when the SUV in which she was a passenger crashed into the side of a Wal-Mart building. Police believe the driver, Dillon Tart, 18, purposely rammed the vehicle into the structure following an argument between the two teenagers. Tart, who sustained non-life threatening injuries, was charged by police with second degree murder. However, while awaiting trial on the murder charge, he has been placed under house arrest. No bond. Just house arrest.

Now, compare that to what happened on the night of February 17, 2010, to Crystal Mangum, the Duke Lacrosse victim, who was punched in the face by her ex-boyfriend. She was charged with attempted first degree murder by Durham Police officers, although the basis for this charge was never explained, and it was not sought during a grand jury indictment. The attempted murder charge was used by Magistrate B. Wakil to help justify the outrageous $1 million bail set against Ms. Mangum. Durham Police then staged a fire in the bathtub of Ms. Mangum’s apartment and accused her of arson. They also alleged Ms. Mangum caused damage to the car of her ex-boyfriend, without, of course, any credible evidence to substantiate the claim. Ms. Mangum was arrested and spent the next three months in jail. District Court Judge Claude Allen, without explanation, instated the condition that if Ms. Mangum bonded out of the bail which he reduced to $250,000, then she would need to be placed under electronic house arrest. Subsequent judges who sat on the bench regarding hearings on this matter (Judges Paul Ridgeway, Michael Morgan, and Kenneth Titus) left the condition of house arrest in place. Although Ms. Mangum has been given release on weekdays from 8 am until 5 pm, the house arrest is still in effect.

Ms. Mangum is not a flight risk, and there is a $100,000 bond in place to assure that she shows up to court to face charges against her. She is not a threat to society. Her ability to try and get a job and move on with her life during the pre-trial period has been hampered greatly by the house arrest order put in place by Judge Allen. Why is this house arrest order in place?

Is it fair that a young man charged with second degree murder should be placed under house arrest, while an African American woman who has been battered by her ex-boyfriend and charges trumped up against her by Durham police should be sent to jail and placed under a $1 million bail? Does this make sense? Ms. Mangum did not kill anyone. She had no murder weapon. The attempted first degree murder charge was nothing more than a trumped up charge, like all of the others against her.

Let me make this clear. The man who killed a woman does not have to satisfy bail while awaiting trial. He can just go straight to house arrest. Now James Arthur Johnson waited 39 months for his trial, again in which he did not kill anyone, but in fact solved a crime. And, just like Prosecutor Angela Garcia-Lamarca, Wilson Prosecutor Bill Wolfe had no intention of going to trial and folded like an accordion when time for stalling ran out. Then there’s Floyd Brown, who was held fourteen years (14) without a trial, by Anson County Prosecutor Michael D. Parker. Brown did not kill anyone, and the prosecution knew it as the confession they put together for him was far too demanding and sophisticated for Brown to make due to his significant mental retardation.

There is no doubt that North Carolina has a selective justice system that is based on Class and Color, and the media does its best to conceal this fact. Class and color definitely figure into the selective treatment that Crystal Mangum is being subjected to by the state.

Now, if anyone can give a reasonable explanation as to why Mr. Tart (who killed a 16 year old girl and is charged with second degree murder) is released to house arrest without any bail being set, and Ms. Mangum (who is a victim of domestic violence) is charged with attempted first degree murder, arson, injury to personal property and other trumped up charges) and is placed under a $1 million bail, which is ultimately lowered to $100,000 with the condition that if she bonds out she will be placed under house arrest, then he/she will be entitled to receive a $1,000 reward. The explanation must be reasonable and logical to me, in order to collect, and, of course, the award will be made available only after James Arthur Johnson receives the $20,000 reward he earned by solving the Brittany Willis murder.

This is the third logic challenge for $1,000 that I have issued. Because no one has come close to winning on the two previous contests, I have considered offering a guaranteed consolation prize for the best answer. The prize would probably be some type of autographed artwork, possibly connected with the “Super-Duper Cooper” comic strip. More details about the challenge will be forthcoming. (However to receive an award, a name and address must accompany the answer. Be sure to make it clear that it is in reference to Challenge #3. Also send to e-mail: justice4nifong@gmail.com.) This challenge begins today, and I’m not yet sure when it will end… maybe in a month or two.

Finally, the media’s best kept secret from the public. Find out the real link between the Carpetbagger families of the Duke Lacrosse defendants and the media. Visit the following link. I welcome your response. (Click the button Posted August 15, 2010... mistaken date... should read August 5. Will make correction later.)
LINK: http://justice4nifong.com/btnnews/btnnews.htm

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whoopee ! !

Let's get drunk
and hire strippers ! !

Anonymous said...

Sid -- Here you go:

"How is Bail Set?

If the suspect does not obtain release by paying bail immediately after booking, a judge may make a bail decision at a separate hearing, or at the arraignment. Regardless of the timing, the bail amount may be pre-determined (through a "bail schedule"), or the judge may set a monetary figure based on:

Seriousness of the crime, in terms of injury to others
Suspect's criminal record;
Danger that the suspect's release might pose to the community;
Suspect's ties to family, community, and employment."

Did I win?

Anonymous said...

No you did not win.

You forgot the lacrosse sticks
up the ass factor.

Nifong Supporter said...


Anonymous said...
"Sid -- Here you go:

'How is Bail Set?

If the suspect does not obtain release by paying bail immediately after booking, a judge may make a bail decision at a separate hearing, or at the arraignment. Regardless of the timing, the bail amount may be pre-determined (through a "bail schedule"), or the judge may set a monetary figure based on:

Seriousness of the crime, in terms of injury to others
Suspect's criminal record;
Danger that the suspect's release might pose to the community;
Suspect's ties to family, community, and employment.'

Did I win?"


Unless there are no other entries, you will win the consolation prize... (to be determined). However, you do not address why Mr. Tart, who is charged with murder, is placed on house arrest without a bail, whereas Ms. Mangum, who was the victim of domestic violence, was placed in jail under a $1 million bail. Surely the charges against Mr. Tart are more serious than those trumped up charges against Ms. Mangum. Explain how this makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Sid -- This is the same person as anonymous@ 6:24am...In regards to house arrest:

Judges considering house arrest instead of jail time are mostly concerned with the likelihood of recidivism. Candidates for house arrest could be considered if they have

1) a clean rap sheet,
2) a steady employment history, and
3) no gang affiliation.

I'm not sure about Mr. Tart, but I know that Ms, Mangum fails on #1, and possibly #2.

There's also the consideration of the judge in each case (I assume it was not the same judge in both cases)....It would be interesting to compare the bail amounts in similar cases that have come before Ms. Mangum's judge. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or resources for this -- Perhaps a topic for another blog?

Harr Supporter said...

No you did not win.

You forgot the lacrosse sticks
up the ass factor.


Dr. Harr,

I am surprised that you have not defended both Crystal and yourself.

Anonymous @8:33am apparently has charged that Crystal shoved a number of lacrosse sticks up Milton Walker’s ass. I assume that this is an attempt to explain why her bail was set so high, viewing her shoving lacrosse sticks up his ass as an attempt to make good on her alleged threat: “I’m going to stab you, mother f*cker.” In making this charge, Anonymous @8:33am effectively is calling you a liar, refuting your characterization of Crystal as a “victim of domestic violence.”

Frankly, I do not believe this allegation. Had Crystal shoved a number of lacrosse sticks up Milton Walker’s ass, he would have suffered significant injuries and required emergency medical treatment. These injuries were not apparent in the televised interviews conducted shortly after the arrest. Anonymous @8:33am apparently does not understand medical evidence.

As a result, I do not believe that Anonymous @8:33am has won your contest.

I believe that Anonymous @8:33am owes apologies to both you and Crystal unless this baseless and unfounded charge can be documented. I cannot understand why Anonymous @8:33am would attempt to slander you and Crystal so viciously.

Anonymous said...

So Crystal shoved lacrosse sticks up Walker's ass? I don't remember hearing anything about that. Sid, what do you think? It could explain the bail.

Anonymous said...

Whose lacrosse stick was it?

Dave or Collin's?

Harr Supporter said...

Whose lacrosse stick was it?

Dave or Collin's?


After you alleged that Crystal had shoved a number of lacrosse sticks up Milton Walker's ass, I asked that you provide documentation for your baseless and unfounded charge. I noted that Walker would have had severe injuries had Crystal shoved lacrosse sticks up his ass as you charge. I am not aware of any such injuries. The lack of injuries that surely would be the result of such a perverted attack by Crystal shows your charge to be false.

Instead of providing proof for your allegation that Crystal shoved a number of lacrosse sticks up Walker's ass, you now allege that Crystal is a thief, suggesting that she stole the lacrosse sticks she shoved up his ass.

Until you are prepared to provide medical evidence that Milton Walker suffered severe anal injuries when Crystal shoved a number of lacrosse sticks up his ass, I ask that you not repeat this unfounded charge. I believe that an apology is required.

Nifong Supporter said...


Anonymous said...
"Sid -- This is the same person as anonymous@ 6:24am...In regards to house arrest:

Judges considering house arrest instead of jail time are mostly concerned with the likelihood of recidivism. Candidates for house arrest could be considered if they have

1) a clean rap sheet,
2) a steady employment history, and
3) no gang affiliation.

I'm not sure about Mr. Tart, but I know that Ms, Mangum fails on #1, and possibly #2."


Thank you for your insightful comments. Ms. Mangum may not have a "clean rap sheet" but she was employed full time until her February 17th arrest. She has lost her job due to her unjust incarceration. This should not be held against her. Regarding #3, she is a church-goer and is not affiliated with a gang.

The whole purpose of house arrest is to assure a defendant will be available for court hearings and his/her trial. It is used appropriately in Dillon Tart's case, in which he is charged with murder. Ms. Mangum, however, has satisfied a $100,000 bail, which should give the same assurances, yet she is placed under house arrest in addition. Mr. Tart did not have to place any bail. See the injustice... especially when you consider that the charges against Ms. Mangum are all trumped up by the Durham police and prosecution as payback.

Harr Supporter said...

Dr. Harr,

I believe that it is important for you to forcefully and quickly address this malicious rumor started by Anonymous @8:33am that Crystal shoved a number of lacrosse sticks up Milton Walker's ass. Anonymous @10:05pm (who may be the same commenter as 8:33am) further claimed that Crystal stole those sticks.

Neither commenter deserves your award.

I suggest you respond as follows:

1. Crystal Mangum did not steal any lacrosse sticks.

2. Crystal Mangum did not anally sodomize Milton Walker in February 2010 or at any time with lacrosse sticks or any similar instruments.

3. Milton Walker's lack of severe anal injuries constitutes conclusive proof that he was not anally sodomized with lacrosse sticks or any similar instruments.

It is important that you put this ugly rumor to rest. You must defend Crystal's honor.

Nifong Supporter said...


The following blog will deal with the disasterous course Durham Prosecutor Angela Garcia-Lamarca seems to be taking. It is not too late to change course and rectify the situation in which Durham finds itself as a result of trying to satisfy the Carpetbagger Jihad agenda. Allow a few minutes to post.

chasity said...

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE FACTS. HE DID HAVE A BAIL AMT AND HIS PARENTS PAID FOR HIM TO GET OUT.. I KNOW WHO HE IS AND SHE WAS AND I LIVE WHERE THEY LIVE IN ERWIN SO MAKE SURE YOU GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT ITS NOT ABOUT THERE RACE OR COLOR.. HE PAID SHE DIDNT THATS WHY SHES STILL IN THERE

Anonymous said...

Sidney -- Another poster has challenged your claim that Mr. Tart was just placed on house arrest and was not given bond.

This poster apparently knows Mr. Tart and knew the victim as well, and has stated that Mr. Tart's family paid his bail.

You need to either provide evidence to support YOUR side of this story, or apologize for your lack of information AND correct the erroneous statements you have made.

Anonymous said...

The district attorney's office wants to keep Tart behind bars and asked the judge to set a $250,000 bond. However, Jones was able to get the bond reduced to a $50,000 secured bond.