So, when in doubt, make things up: “I was told by a reporter that the defense refused to release more than 1,000 pages of evidence.” What reporter? Murphy doesn’t say. What “1,000 pages of evidence”? Again, Murphy doesn’t say. Is she now accusing the defense of withholding evidence from the attorney general? Again, Murphy doesn’t say.
And what does this non-existent treasure trove of documents contain? Attempting, it seems, to shield herself from libel difficulties, she frames her response, Jeopardy! style, in the form of a question: “Could there be witness statements from the defendants’ friends—statements saying that a rape occurred just as [Crystal Mangum] described?”
Using Murphy’s approach, perhaps all of us should engage in unfounded speculation as to exactly what these non-existent 1,000 pages contain. Perhaps the Globe should now publish letters asking, “Could there be witness statements showing that Wendy Murphy committed massive prosecutorial misconduct when she served in the Middlesex D.A.’s office?”
As Murphy writes, “Until those documents are released, the public can and should speculate about what might be in there.” And, of course, since the “documents” don’t exist, such speculation could continue forever.
Murphy’s screed, by the way, came in response to one of the best analyses of the case, a Globe column from Cathy Young, entitled. “A rush to injustice in the Duke ‘rape’ case.”