Finally, publicity material accompanying the publication makes an odd claim: “For the first time, Cohan makes public the medical report that rape[sic, SANE] nurse [in training] Tara Levicy conducted on Mangum . . . What Mangum told Levicy that night is stunning and has never before been revealed.” [emphasis added] Yet virtually everyone who has covered the case in depth (Joe Neff, Stuart Taylor and I, 60 Minutes, even Duff Wilson) had seen (and reported on) the document prepared by Levicy. Given Wilson’s editorial perspective, Cohan isn’t even the first person to have uncritically accepted the Levicy report’s findings. The publicity document makes a similarly incorrect claim about Cohan being the first to reveal material from Mangum’s medical visits to UNC Hospital. Much like Cohan’s assertion to “Morning Joe” that Bob Steel spoke to him for the “first time” about the case, when in fact Steel had previously spoken to Peter Boyer and to Stuart, it appears that Cohan employs a flexible definition of the word “first.”
Nifong doesn’t deny that his meeting with Lamb occurred, but Cohan gives Nifong a chance (unchallenged) to walk back the record. He was merely, he told Cohan, offering himself for “advice” (at that point, he hadn’t handled a criminal case in nearly a decade: what sort of advice could he give to police?). Nifong maintained that he “never” (p. 81) would have told Lamb he was going to be running the case. Cohan lets Nifong have the last word on the question, and then simply moves on, without asking him to reconcile his after-the-fact denial with the record of the case.
Perhaps the above, which does not appear in quotation marks in the book, came from Cohan’s prison interview with Mangum, before her release on bail and subsequent conviction for murder. During this discussion, Mangum tells Cohan yet another story, different from those she offered to Levicy, Gottlieb, or the special prosecutors—that she was assaulted with a broomstick, and that her exam at Duke Hospital found “wooden pieces” in her vaginal and anal area. Of course no “wooden pieces” were found.