Terry Hall 
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Re: “20 years later: Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan and Colorado Springs

Actually, the only thing that Tonya Harding ever admitted to was covering up after the assault, something she only did because her life was threatened by her ex-husband and his goons. I would direct you to her 2008 book "The Tonya Tapes" in which she says she was taken up into the backwoods, raped and threatened with a gun. She has always steadfastly denied any prior knowledge of the plan, and nobody has ever produced anything to prove otherwise (unlike in the case of her ex husband, where his violence is well documented in court records).

The so-called "Tunee can" note found in a dumpster contains handwriting from three people: Tonya, Jeff Gillooly and an unidentified third person. Tonya claims that the only part in her writing is her coach's phone number, not the details of Nancy's training rink. The D.A. claims otherwise, but I'm sure you realize that handwriting analysis is not an exact science and that if the case had gone to court it's likely Tonya would have produced another expert witness who would have said otherwise. The rest of the "evidence" is the testimony of Gillooly, who changed his story and obtained a reduced sentence for testifying against Tonya, and Shawn Eckardt, a fantasist described as a compulsive liar by the FBI - i.e. people of low credibility. The other two participants never met Tonya.

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Posted by Terry Hall on 03/08/2014 at 3:08 AM

Re: “20 years later: Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan and Colorado Springs

An interesting article; however it would be alot more interesting if the USFSA would release the full report of their committee - rumored to run to several hundred pages - which has remained locked in their archives for the past 20 years, rather than just the limited information given here. The "Believer" piece is a thorough demolition of the case against Tonya - why is the prosecution side afraid to show the "evidence" it claims it has? Do they have something that the Multnomah County D.A. didn't? I would also ask Mr. Hybl if he thinks it is fair that an athlete should be expected to prepare for a hearing and participation at the Olympics at the same time, while also dealing with possible criminal charges and massive media harassment on a scale never seen before or since? The USFSA seemed more interested in getting the whole embarrassing affair out of the way as fast as possible rather than giving Tonya a fair chance to respond. Is it any surprise that a fair-minded Judge chose to intervene?

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Posted by Terry Hall on 03/06/2014 at 3:14 PM

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