“The lead investigator in the Duke lacrosse case wrote that a Duke Hospital nurse said the accuser had been subjected to "blunt force trauma" consistent with a sexual assault. Sgt. Mark Gottlieb made this observation in a typed, single-spaced, 33-page summary of the case handed to defense lawyers in July. It is not clear when it was written. Parts of Gottlieb's account differ at key points from medical records, other investigators' notes and other documents in the prosecutor's files. For example, the accuser's descriptions of her alleged assailants in Gottlieb's account of his first meeting with her contradict the descriptions found in handwritten notes his partner took at the same meeting.”
- GottLieb’s handwritten notes total 2 pages not 3 as had been reported by the New York Times.
- Neff offers observations from the esteemed Wade Smith including:
Gottlieb's account contradicts notes and documents generated earlier in the investigation, according to Wade Smith, a Raleigh defense lawyer who represents Finnerty.
Smith was troubled by the lack of handwritten notes from Gottlieb, who produced only two pages of handwritten notes to accompany his 33-page typed account.
"Where are his notes? How can you interview the most important witness you've ever interviewed in your life and not take notes?"
- The two pages of handwritten notes were taken on April 27 and appear to only describe a search for a lab to conduct hair analysis. (To digress momentarily, we must ask why on April 27 was a lab to analyze hair being sought? Did the hair self-manufacture 6 weeks after the fact just as GottLieb’s notes miraculously appeared 4 months after the non-event? If two pages of handwritten notes in one instance grows to 33 pages of single-spaced typed notes, are we to believe that Blinco’s regular GottLieb finds his memory enhanced by regular imbibement, or is it easier to believe that it is his imagination that gets stimulated by his apparently chosen muse?)
- No handwritten notes exist to support GottLieb’s claims that S.A.N.E nurse-in-training Tara Levicy:
"stated the victim had [swelling] and tenderness to palpitation both anally and especially vaginally. She stated it was so painful to have the speculum inserted vaginally, that it took an extended period of time to insert same to conduct an examination. I asked her if the blunt force trauma was consistent with the sexual assault that was alleged by the victim. She stated the trauma was consistent with the victim's allegation."
- Duke Hospital medical records make no mention of blunt force trauma.
- The sexual assault examination form has a section where the examiner is told to "Describe all signs of physical trauma."
- Levicy wrote that the woman had two nonbleeding scratches on her right knee and a nonbleeding scratch on her right heel.
- Under "Physical Examination," the nurse noted diffuse swelling of the vagina. The nurse left all other parts of the pelvic examination section blank, including the line for a rectal exam. Gott-Lies noted that "the victim stated she had bruising that was beginning to show up from the assault," 60 hours after the party. He ordered Investigator R.A. Reid to take photographs, and claimed "Reid stated she had the onset of new bruises present." Reid's typed report makes no mention of bruises, only a cut heel, a cut toe and bandages on both knees. Reid's photographs of the accuser's face and neck show no bruises.
- In an entry marked 14:15 on March 16, GottLieb wrote that he asked another investigator "to put together several photo line ups based on the potential suspects named ADAM, BRETT and MATT." (Apologies for another digression, but how in the world does a “Supplemental Report” immaculately conceived sometime later and produced on July 17 contain an entry from March 16 with an exact time notation? Forget those late night infomercials that offer methods to increase your memory power. Head to Blinco’s for some magical memory enhancing (wink wink) Budweiser.