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Ex-Durham official out of jail on contempt charge

Posted December 21, 2010

— A former Durham official was released from jail Tuesday after serving four days of a 10-day sentence for contempt of court.

Jackie Wagstaff, a former member of the Durham County Board of Education and the Durham City Council, was jailed last Friday during jury deliberations in a criminal case against Crystal Mangum, the Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006.

Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones heard Wagstaff mutter "this is ridiculous" and found her in contempt. Wagstaff, who was also fined $200, said she wasn't referring to Jones or the court proceedings.

The jury convicted Mangum of three counts of child abuse and one count each of injury to personal property and resisting a public officer in connection with a domestic dispute in February. Jurors deadlocked on an arson charge against her, and Jones declared a mistrial.


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  • ccs1920 Dec 22, 2010

    I wonder if Judge Jones released her early because of political pressure from the voters of Durham.

  • cstone13132 Dec 22, 2010

    I don't think she is angry, I thing she wants to be the center of the attention regardless how she gets it! as a useless school board member she tried repeatedly to be the center of attention & did nothing for no one but her self ! It's people like this that are a waste ! Us poor people have a word for people like this !!! 3 guess's ?

  • Winston Dec 22, 2010

    Judge Winston would have gave her 30 days and she'd still be in jail through New Year's.

  • Bartmeister Dec 21, 2010

    She's always impressed me as an angry individual. She looks mad all the time.

  • mister4012000 Dec 21, 2010

    TO Freddie Cadetti 72, all black people in Durham didnot vote for Jackie Wagstaff...If that was the case she would still be in an elected office, if you remember she lost the race for re-election to the school board and also for mayor....... Please stop making blanket, stereotypical statements, it only show ignorance.....

  • ttc248 Dec 21, 2010

    The old saying is 'let your lip slip, your hip is in trouble'. Mouthy Jackie at it again. The sad thing is she is 'always wrong' but never seems to realize it.

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  • mike honcho Dec 21, 2010

    Her and her son are nothing but trouble, they should have kept her locked up, Durham was a better place.