It was Gottlieb who resurrected the case after the first officer examining the evidence concluded there had been no rape at all, and it was Gottlieb who committed one of the worst fabrications in the whole case: the creation of a 33-page, single-spaced report that relied on no notes at all.
In the summer of 2006, even with a gag order, the blogosphere and good reporting by Joe Neff of the Raleigh News & Observer was punching holes in prosecutor Mike Nifong's case, and so it was Gottlieb to the rescue with his version of deus ex machina. Declared the New York Times:
Crucial to that portrait of the case are Sergeant Gottlieb’s 33 pages of typed notes and 3 pages of handwritten notes, which have not previously been revealed. His file was delivered to the defense on July 17, making it the last of three batches of investigators’ notes, medical reports, statements and other evidence shared with the defense under North Carolina’s pretrial discovery rules.Indeed, it was crucial, but in a different way than Gottlieb had intended. As one read through it, one could see that the report was written to paper over all of the holes in the case. Hadn't Crystal Mangum told a number of mutually-exclusive tales in accounting this "rape"? Not according to Gottlieb, who insisted she told only one story. Or, this:
As recounted in one investigator’s notes, one of the indicted players does not match the accuser’s initial physical descriptions of her attackers: she said all three were chubby or heavyset, but one is tall and skinny. In Sergeant Gottlieb’s version of the same conversation, however, her descriptions closely correspond to the defendants.Fast forward to Tim Deal. Like Gottlieb, he either does not take notes or he "destroys" them, and then, apparently, relies on a super memory.
Like Gottlieb, he tries to paper over the holes in testimony given by a previous state witness. Like Gottlieb, he is one of those officers who decides beforehand that "something happened" whether or not it really did, and then is hellbent on proving it, even if it means innocent people go to prison.
There is one difference in the two men, however. After the lacrosse case fell apart and Gottlieb's role was exposed, he suddenly took a medical retirement from being a police officer and is no longer employed with the DPD. Tim Deal still has a job as a cop, apparently trying to keep up Gottlieb's sorry tradition.