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    Justice For Chandra Levy! Feds Announce ‘New Information’ In Case

    The man previously jailed for her murder will go free!

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    Posted on Jul 28, 2016 @ 15:43PM







    The man who was tried and convicted of killing Chandra Levy in 2001 has had all charges dropped against him in a stunning turn of events.
    The US Attorneys Office said that “new information” revealed in the past week was the reason for the charges to be dropped, according to ABC7 News.

    The young brunette intern was involved with Congressman Gary Conditwhen she disappeared in Washington, DC. Her body was later found in a wooded area shortly after September 11, 2001.

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    Condit was never considered a suspect in her disappearance or murder,but details of their secret relationship cast a shadow over the lawmaker, who eventually left Congress following the scandal.
    Ingmar Grandique was ultimately charged with the crime and found guilty of her murder in 2010. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison, but his lawyers claimed that testimony from his cellmate was a lie and the conviction was over-turned. He had been scheduled to be tried again beginning in October.
    Earlier this year, Levy’s mother, Susan Levy, spoke about the death of her child and the continuing cases. “No matter what, we don’t have our daughter back,” she said as she cried on the TODAY show in March. “[My husband has] tremendous anger. I have tremendous sadness. The anger and sadness is really the same.”
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    This latest development kind of confuses me because they are not revealing what the new development is. Supposedly, Guandique confessed to the crime to another inmate who was a fellow Mara Salvatrucha member - in other words, not just some guy who casually knew Guandique. In addition, Guandique was already serving 10 years in prison for attacks against 2 other women who he had assaulted in that exact same park.

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    wonder if Gary Condit just booked a 1-way trip to Mexico
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    I thought they had the guy's DNA as well so yeah I'm curious what is up.
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    From what I've read, there is no DNA linking him to the murder. However, I wouldn't expect there to be. I think there were only bone fragments left by the time they found her remains. You aren't going to find DNA evidence on something like that.

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    I wonder if the 2 women that gave testimony about how Condit used to be into bondage and would restrain them during sex is part of the new evidence. Was that info known before?

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    First I've heard of it
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    Apparently, the new evidence is that the former cellmate that testified at the trial that Guandique confessed to him lied. He got out of prison and confessed on tape to a neighbor that he completely made up the story so that he could get out early.

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    Chandra Levy's Mom 'in Shock' After Judge Drops Charges in 2001 Murder of Washington, D.C., Intern

    Chandra Levy's mother spoke out on Thursday, July 28, after a judge dismissed murder charges against a man accused of killing the Washington, D.C., intern in 2001.

    The United States attorney's office in Washington announced on Thursday that it was dropping charges against Ingmar Guandique, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who was convicted in 2010 of killing the 24-year-old intern. Guandique was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murder but was granted a new trial last year after the credibility of a main witness in the trial was called into question.

    "Today, in the interests of justice and based on recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week, the office moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with the May 2001 murder of Chandra Levy. The office has concluded that it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt," the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement, according to The New York Times.

    "I am totally in a state of shock," Levy's mother, Susan, said in an interview with KCRA on Thursday. "I am sick to my stomach and am having trauma and grief all over again. We all want our truth. I want to make sure we find out the truth. My husband and I hope that justice is found for our family.

    "I always want justice," she continued. "But even if I get justice, it doesn't bring calm back to a family that's been fractured by a horrendous crime like this. … I am feeling pretty shocky right now, physically and emotionally not doing very well. It kind of like puts you back to the level of grief that you originally have."

    Levy, an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, went missing in May 2001, and her remains were found a year later in Rock Creek Park. Soon after her disappearance, her case gained national attention when Levy's family claimed she'd had a relationship with married California congressman Gary Condit. He was cleared of involvement in her murder, and Guandique, who had pleaded guilty to assaulting two other women in the same park where Levy's remains were found, became the focus of the investigation.

    He was charged in 2009, and the case relied heavily on the testimony of a fellow inmate, Armando Morales, who said Guandique had admitted to killing Levy. CNN reports that the public defender's office said Guandique had always maintained his innocence and passed a lie detector test. Last year his attorneys petitioned for a new trial, claiming that Morales' testimony was a lie.

    Morales insisted that he had never "snitched" before, according to The New York Times, but prosecutors later admitted that they had withheld evidence from the defense that Morales had helped the authorities at other times.

    KCRA reports that Condit's attorney released a statement on Thursday saying, "The failure of authorities to bring formal closure to this tragedy after 15 years is very disappointing but in no way alters the fact that Mr. Condit was long ago completely exonerated by authorities in connection with Ms. Levy's death."

    Chandra Levy Murder: Judge Drops Charges in 2001 Case, Mom 'in Shock' - Us Weekly
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    Her poor parents. It must be so upsetting and frustrating for them.
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    Never liked the looks of that Condit guy.
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    How a House of Cards actress made the secret recording that unraveled Chandra Levy's murder case and set her convicted killer free


    • All charges were dropped against Ingmar Guandique last week
    • Prosecutors cleared his name after actress Babs Proller secretly recorded their star witness, Armando Morales
    • Proller claims she has a recording of Morales admitting he falsified the testimony that got Guandique behind bars
    • Morales claimed during Guandique's trial that his former cellmate had confessed to killing Levy at a Washington, DC park in 2001
    • The prosecution had no other evidence or witnesses linking him to crime
    • Guandique was sentenced to 60 years in jail - will now likely be deported

    By ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES and CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    PUBLISHED: 11:48 EST, 7 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:17 EST, 7 August 2016
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    The Chandra Levy case unraveled from a secret audio recording a House of Cards actress made of the prosecution's star witness, it has been revealed.

    Ingmar Guandique was found guilty of killing the Washington DC intern in 2001 after Armando Morales, his former cellmate, claimed he confessed to the murder.

    But all charges were dropped against Guandique last week after actress Babs Proller revealed Morales admitted to fabricating his entire testimony.

    The bombshell has rocked one of the country's most notorious murder mysteries and has devastated Levy's parents, who question Proller's own motives.


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    Babs Proller, an actress who once appeared in House of Cards (pictured), provided the secret audio recording that got all charges dropped against Chandra Levy's convicted killer




    Ingmar Guandique (pictured) was found guilty in 2010 of killing the 24-year-old Washington DC intern after Armando Morales, his former cellmate, claimed he confessed to the murder

    Guandique spent six years behind bars for Levy's murder, which made national headlines throughout the aughts as it was revealed she had an affair with a married congressman

    But Proller, 51, said it was pure coincidence that led her to meeting Morales at an Annapolis Hotel earlier in July.
    The actress, who appeared briefly in the Netflix series as an uncredited 'Clerk of Courts', was in the middle of moving homes and staying at a Country Inn & Suites.

    She struck up a friendship with Morales, 55, who helped her one day with her dog, and soon learned he had recently been released from prison.

    But things quickly turned sour when Morales threatened to hurt her ex-husband and a man who allegedly stole jewelry from her.

    Proller said she was merely trying to protect herself when she made the decision to record Morales, who she knew was the star witness in the Levy murder case.

    Levy's name became headline - and tabloid - fodder for years after the 24-year-old intern disappeared while out on a jog in 2001.

    It would soon be revealed she was having an affair with California Congressman Gary Condit at the time of her murder, and he quickly became a prime suspect.

    It would be a year before Levy's remains were found in Rock Creek Park, and eight more before Guandique was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murder.

    Morales appeared to be a model witness when he took the stands to testify against Guandique, who he once shared a cell with at a federal Kentucky prison in 2006.

    The five-time convicted felon and gang leader, who was serving a 21-year sentence for drug and weapon possession, said he was a changed man.

    'I got tired of all the violence,' Morales told jurors and he described his experience in a 'life skills' mentoring program, according to the Washington Post.

    But a seven-hour recording Proller made, and obtained by the paper, proves otherwise.

    Morales can be heard bragging about shooting gang rivals and his ability to make prison shanks out of foam cups.

    He told Proller how the shank could then be stuck into somebody's eye and 'penetrate that shell into their brain and take their life'.

    In the recording provided to the Post, Proller can be heard coaxing Morales to admit that he fabricated his testimony against Guandique in 2010.
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    Levy, who disappeared while on a jog in 2001, was seeing Congressman Gary Condit (center)

    Chandra (second right) was last heard from on May 1, 2001 when she emailed her parents Susan and Robert as she prepared to head home to California for her graduation

    Her parents attempted to contact her for three days before reaching out to police on May 5 and filing a missing persons report

    Morales continues to stand by his claims, saying that Guandique told him it was an accident and that he had only meant to rob Levy.

    'He didn't know he killed her,' Morales tells Proller. 'He went back.'

    But Proller claims there are additional recordings in which Morales finally admits to lying on the stand.
    The Post said those recordings have not been provided to the US Attorney's Office.

    But whether or not Morales was actually caught on tape admitting he made it all up, the prosecution believed it was enough to clear Guandique, who was set for a retrial in October.

    The undocumented Guatemalan immigrant now faces deportation.

    Morales' testimony was vital to the prosecution, which had no forensic evidence or weapon tying Guandique, now 60, to the crime.

    Their case rested on the alleged jail cell confession, as well as the fact that Guandique had also attacked two other female joggers in the same park.

    But the recording and Proller's claims have tarnished Morales' credibility and prosecutors said they could no longer prove Guandique was Levy's killer beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Proller, who spoke with Levy's mother Susan before contacting the US Attorney's Office, has remained adamant that she is not working for Guandique's defense.

    She was asked by prosecutors if she was working for the Public Defender Service and whether someone had paid her to record Morales.

    Eugene Ohn, one of Guandique's attorneys, said he had never spoken to Proller before the prosecution notified him of her claims.

    Proller has maintained she only became involved in the case through 'simple coincidence'.

    'I became aware of information relevant to the case and I conveyed that information to the all of the appropriate people - the prosecutors, and defense attorneys and Ms Levy,' she wrote in a statement posted to her Facebook.


    Authorities spent days searching for evidence relating to Levy's disappearance in Rock Creek Park (above)



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    In May 2002, a man found human bones and a skull in Washington's Rock Creek Park, where police had previously searched for Chandra's body (above)

    'I did this because I believed then, and believes now, that it was the right thing to do. I have no further information to provide regarding this tragic case and will make no further statements.'

    Metropolitan Assistant Chief Peter Newsham said no information has been uncovered during the investigation that would 'warrant reopening the case'.

    'MPD will continue to pursue any new leads that are uncovered or brought to our attention,' he added.

    Levy's devastated parents said they are shocked prosecutors closed their daughter's murder case with such speed.

    'I'm shocked at how something could unravel so fast,' Susan Levy told the Post.

    'I'm distraught that the prosecutors dropped this case. It's unbelievable that one person can disrupt so much.'

    Susan said she was in a 'state of shock' when news that Guandique would go free was first released.

    'It kind of puts you back to the level of grief that you originally had,' she told NBC Bay Area.

    'I only wish that we can get the right person, whoever did what happened to my daughter.'

    The defense planned to argue in Guandique's retrial that Levy's married lover was that person.

    Guandique (left) was facing an October retrial for the publicized case. His lawyers planned to implicate Condit (right) and argued he had an 'obvious' motive



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    Just in May, the intern's mother, Susan Levy, was shocked to learn that her daughter (right) allegedly had rough bondage sex with Condit (left )

    In a motion filed in May, Guandique's legal team wrote that Condit, a married father of two, had a 'powerful' and 'obvious' motivation for killing Chandra.

    'Mr. Condit was fully aware of the cost he could pay if his affair with Ms Levy became public,' the defense motion states.

    'He therefore had an obvious motive to kill Ms Levy in order to keep the relationship secret, and an equally powerful motive to cover-up the circumstances of her death if she died while she was with him — either through his intentional conduct or otherwise.'

    The defense also attempted to convince the judge to allow depositions to be taken from three women who claim to have had affairs with Condit as well as a friend who worked as his former driver and bodyguard.

    Condit knew Levy, then a Bureau of Prisons intern, but previously refused to answer questions about the nature of their relationship while under oath.

    The former congressman's lawyers said last week he was 'extremely disappointed' the prosecution would not go forward with a retrial.

    'The failure of authorities to bring formal closure to this tragedy after 15 years is very disappointing but in no way alters the fact that Mr Condit was long ago completely exonerated by authorities in connection with Ms Levy's death.'

    'At some point in the near future, I expect Mr Condit to speak publicly about the case but he does not believe that it is appropriate to do so at this time.'

    Read more: House of Cards actress made secret recording that unraveled Chandra Levy's murder case | Daily Mail Online
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    Hmm, there is no evidence that a recording exists where Morales stated he lied. Only the actress' statement that he said so. She has not handed over further recordings that she claims to have.

    The recording that undid the Chandra Levy murder case





    Ingmar Guandique is escorted from the Violent Crimes Unit in Washington by detectives in 2009. Prosecutors dismissed murder charges against him in the death of Chandra Levy in late July, saying they were no longer able to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

    By Scott Higham, Keith L. Alexander and Ben St. Clair August 6
    During a recorded conversation, the star witness in the Chandra Levy murder case made a series of boastful claims. Armando Morales bragged about shooting gang rivals, obtaining hand grenades and making prison shanks out of melted foam cups.
    Then he made a chilling announcement. He said he was plotting to ambush a man he thought had stolen jewelry from the woman who was recording him. He said that he planned to execute his plan in a “thug way,” and that he had collected a black hoodie and some dark clothing so no one could see him coming.
    “I came ready to do battle with that f------ thief,” Morales said on the audio recording, according to a copy reviewed by The Washington Post.
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    But the one thing Morales did not say during the seven-hour recording: that he lied on the witness stand and sent an innocent man to prison in the case of the Washington intern who disappeared in 2001 while dating a married congressman.
    The claim that Morales lied came from the woman who recorded him. She identified herself as an actress named Babs Proller and said she secretly recorded Morales on July 11 after meeting him in an Annapolis hotel. She told prosecutors, defense attorneys and the news media that Morales admitted to falsely testifying that former cellmate Ingmar Guandique had confessed to attacking Levy in Rock Creek Park.
    This undated file photo shows Chandra Ann Levy, a 24-year-old graduate student. Levy vanished May 1, 2001. A year later, a hiker found her skeletal remains in the District’s Rock Creek Park. (AP)
    She said she had the recording to prove it. But there is no evidence that that recording exists.
    The woman, whose real name is Beate Maria Brandl, provided copies of one seven-hour recording to prosecutors, defense attorneys and The Post.
    It was the beginning of the end to a sensational murder case that captivated the nation with round-the-clock media coverage.
    After listening to the recording, prosecutors last week took the extraordinary step of dismissing the murder charges against Guandique, 34, saying they were no longer able to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. The U.S. attorney’s office declined to discuss the recording. But Morales’s boastful claims and threats of violence stand in stark contrast to his testimony during the November 2010 trial that he had become a reformed man in prison.
    A law enforcement source confirmed that it is Morales’s voice on the recording. Morales’s attorney is out of the country and could not be reached for comment.
    Legal experts said Morales’s statements, coupled with Brandl’s claims, would most likely have shattered the credibility of the prosecution’s star witness, who was scheduled to testify at a retrial of Guandique this fall. An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, Guandique now faces deportation. He has maintained his innocence in Levy’s death.
    “The guy said he was now reformed, one of Christ’s apostles,” said Bernard S. Grimm, a Washington defense lawyer who watched Morales testify in 2010. “But if you listen to him on that tape, he’s still the same gang thug he was years ago. It comes down to general credibility.”
    The turn of events could signal the final chapter in a case that once riveted the country with speculation that a California congressman, Gary A. Condit, then 54, might have had something to do with the disappearance of Levy, a 24-year-old intern for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She vanished May 1, 2001. A year later, a hiker found her skeletal remains in Rock Creek Park.
    In the months after Levy disappeared, police and prosecutors focused on Condit before eventually clearing him as a suspect.
    While they were investigating Condit, Guandique was attacking women in Rock Creek Park. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting two female joggers in the park; one shortly before Levy vanished, the other shortly after.
    Police made numerous mistakes and missteps during their investigation. Some of the errors set the investigation back by weeks, even months, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation.
    The case went cold until 2009, when prosecutors charged Guandique with Levy’s murder. They had no forensic evidence, eyewitnesses or murder weapon. Instead, they built a circumstantial case largely on the testimony of the two female joggers, with Morales as their key witness.
    Morales, a five-time convicted felon and leader of a gang called the Fresno Bulldogs, told jurors that he met Guandique in 2006 in a federal prison in Kentucky while serving a 21-year sentence for drugs and weapons convictions. He testified that Guandique confessed to attacking Levy in Rock Creek Park.
    He said Guandique told him: “Homeboy, I killed the [expletive], but I didn’t rape her.”
    Morales held himself out as a changed man who had turned his life around. He said he had been part of a “life skills” mentoring program in prison.
    “I got tired of all the violence,” he testified.
    Morales’s testimony was all that directly linked Guandique to Levy’s death.
    The jury deliberated for 3Ĺ days before finding Guandique guilty.
    One juror, Sharae Bacon, said Morales had been the key to the case.
    “There were no holes in his testimony,” she told The Post after the verdict was delivered.
    Guandique was sentenced to 60 years in prison.
    The case began to unravel in late 2012, when attorneys for Guandique argued that Morales had lied when he testified that he had never previously cooperated with law enforcement authorities. That information surfaced after a prosecutor in California who had known Morales contacted prosecutors in Washington to alert them to Morales’s past. The prosecutors then notified the trial judge and Guandique’s attorneys.
    Prosecutors last year withdrew their objections to defense motions demanding a new trial. The second trial was scheduled to start Oct. 11.
    The case began to unravel again July 17, when Levy’s mother, Susan, said she received a Facebook message from a woman identifying herself as Babs Washington. The woman, who was really Brandl, said she had important information about the case and asked Levy to call her. Levy said she called the woman the next day. Brandl told Levy that she had secretly recorded the star witness in her daughter’s murder trial and that he admitted that he had concocted his trial testimony.
    Levy said she told the woman to contact the U.S. attorney’s office and the D.C. Public Defender Service, which represents Guandique.
    Brandl, 51, told The Post that she met the 55-year-old Morales at the Country Inn & Suites in Annapolis on July 6 by “simple coincidence.” She said she is an actress who has appeared on the Netflix series “House of Cards.”
    She said she was moving out of her Annapolis home, staying at the hotel, when a sliding glass lobby door accidently closed on her dog, Buddy. She said that the golden retriever refused to go back into the hotel and that a man offered to help carry the dog into the hotel lobby.
    “I thought he was a dog lover,” she told The Post.
    Over several days, she said, the man told her that he had just been released from prison and showed her his prison identification. She said that on the weekend of July 9-10, she learned that the man was Morales, the key witness in the Levy case. She also said she was afraid that Morales might make good on threats he allegedly made to hurt her ex-husband. She said she decided to record Morales to protect herself.
    She said that on July 11, she recorded the conversation with Morales as they moved her belongings into a storage facility and drove around Annapolis. They engaged in meandering small talk that included Buddhism, Morales’s love of the military and how he lost touch with his daughter because of his criminal life. He said his mother had given him a gun as a child for protection, telling him: “I can go to you in prison, but I can’t have you dead.”
    According to a copy of the recording Brandl provided to The Post, Morales does not say he was planning to harm Brandl’s ex-husband. Instead, he said he was planning to ambush a man who had supposedly stolen jewelry from Brandl. On the recording, Morales said that he was going to “confront that f------ ass----. He’s not gonna get away with that,” he said. “I gotta good plan, man. I really do. I thought on it, you know. I’ll scare the s--- out of this motherf-----.”
    Brandl told Morales she feared that he could go back to prison. Morales then walked back his plan. He assured Brandl that he was not going to break the law because he didn’t want to go back to prison. “I have to follow the rules,” he said.
    He also bragged on the recording that he could make shanks out of 10 melted foam cups, and then stick the shank into somebody’s eye and “penetrate that shell into their brain and take their life.”
    He talked about having the car windows at a dealership shot out and then warning the owner of the business to hire his brother’s glass replacement company if “you don’t want this to happen again.”
    Brandl said that after recording Morales and speaking with Susan Levy, she contacted the U.S. attorney’s office and the Public Defender Service.
    Prosecutors and Guandique’s defense counsel interviewed Brandl. On July 21, prosecutors told the judge in the case that they had new information about Morales but did not elaborate. Three days later, prosecutors confiscated Brandl’s digital recorder, calling it evidence in the case.
    Brandl insisted that she made additional recordings and had captured Morales saying he fabricated his trial testimony. Those recordings, if they exist, have not been provided to the U.S. attorney’s office.
    On the recording provided to The Post and prosecutors, Brandl repeatedly prodded Morales to admit that he did not testify truthfully at the 2010 trial. At several points during the recording, Morales stood by his testimony, saying that Guandique confessed to him that he had killed Levy.
    “It was an accident. He didn’t know he killed her,” Morales told Brandl on the recording. “He went back. That was his area to steal and rob and whatever he was doing. That was his location. He went back.”
    Officials with the Public Defender Service said they have not listened to the recording because it was illegally recorded in violation of Maryland wiretap statutes, which bar recording a second party without consent.
    On July 26, prosecutors reinterviewed Brandl. She told The Post that they asked her whether she was working for the Public Defender Service, whether members of the office had directed her or whether someone was paying her to entrap Morales.
    Eugene Ohm, one of Guandique’s attorneys, said the defense had nothing to do with the recording. He told The Post that his office did not speak to Brandl, whom he referred to as Proller, until prosecutors told his office about her.
    “We were told that Ms. Proller had contacted Mrs. Levy, who then encouraged Ms. Proller to reach out to authorities and the defense,” Ohm said.
    Brandl insisted to The Post that she alone decided to record Morales.
    After prosecutors announced July 28 that they were dropping the charges against Guandique, Brandl posted a message on her Facebook page, where she goes by the name Babs Washington.
    “I became aware of information relevant to the case and I conveyed that information to the all of the appropriate people -- the prosecutors, and defense attorneys and Ms. Levy,” the Facebook message says. “I did this because I believed then, and believes now, that it was the right thing to do. I have no further information to provide regarding this tragic case and will make no further statements.”
    A D.C. police official said the case remains closed for now.
    “We have not uncovered any information during the course of the investigation that would warrant reopening the case,” Assistant Chief Peter Newsham said. “MPD will continue to pursue any new leads that are uncovered or brought to our attention.”
    Levy’s parents, Susan and Bob, said they are stunned by the turn of events that led to the undoing of the entire case. They questioned Brandl’s motives and said they do not understand why prosecutors dropped the case so quickly.
    “I’m shocked at how something could unravel so fast. I’m distraught that the prosecutors dropped this case,” Susan Levy said. “It’s unbelievable that one person can disrupt so much.”

    Alice Crites and Derek Hawkins contributed to this report. Hawkins and Ben St. Clair are attached to the Washington Post’s Investigative Unit through a program with American University.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charmed Hour View Post
    Hmm, there is no evidence that a recording exists where Morales stated he lied. Only the actress' statement that he said so. She has not handed over further recordings that she claims to have.
    Here's the other thing that puzzled me - she recorded him without his knowledge. That is a violation of Maryland's wiretapping law and is what got Linda Tripp indicted during the whole Monica Lewinsky thing. Apparently, it doesn't matter that it isn't a phone conversation.

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    The entire story is bizarre to me. She was just hanging out with this guy, yet was afraid of him? How about moving to a new hotel?
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