Nifonged: 1. the intentional railroading or harming of a person or persons for one's own gain; 2. the destruction of innocent lives for personal reward.
Mike Nifong was back in court on Thursday. He is a smirking, evil, oozing, open sore on the legal system. He doesn't seem to have a clue that he is marching into infamy:
Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong this afternoon gave defense lawyers in the Duke lacrosse case 536 pages of evidence, saying he had answered most of their questions.
But after a court hearing one of the defense lawyers said that a quick review of the evidence raised even more questions about Nifong's prosecution of three lacrosse players on charges of raping an escort service at a March 13 team party.
Lawyer Joseph B. Cheshire V said after the hearing that the documents apparently contain a reference to the accuser saying she was raped by five people. "She's told so many different stories I'm not sure how many there are," he said.
NY Times sport columnist Harvey Araton button's his lip about Duke. Clay Walters of Newsbusters reports on the disappearing half-pimple, half-pustule known as Harvey Araton:
So, what does Times sports columnist Harvey Araton have to say about this turn of events? After all, Araton went after the Duke lacrosse team in two previous columns, even attacking the university's women's lacrosse team for daring to defend their athletic colleagues....The same could be said of Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, who has gone mum on the Duke case since he wrote a brainless editorial calling the Duke women dumb.
Today's missive is a hard-hitting fantasia about Roger Clemens and the future Hall of Fame pitcher's constant retirements and returns. It's no doubt sheer coincidence that his last seven columns haven't addressed the Duke situation at all.
These JV sports columnists should stick to scrutinizing sweaty jockstraps and stay away from hard news stories, about which they are clueless.
Greg Kiddera of The Duke Chronicle takes inventory of the witch hunters and the other oozing pustules at Duke, who rushed to judgement:
I applaud Randall Drain, Trinity '05, for his courageous and poignant column published in the June 15th issue of The Chronicle.
I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Drain that the lack of support for the men's lacrosse team has been appalling. A mere accusation set off an unforgivable rush to judgment in which the Duke faculty and administration willingly participated.
Eighty-eight professors signed an ad calling "what happened to this young woman" a "social disaster" and decrying the racism on Duke's campus.
Professor Houston Baker accused the team of hiding behind a "silent whiteness." Professor Peter Wood took the opportunity to complain about, of all things, attendance in his class. Professor Melissa Malouf suggested the "condoms theory" to counter the exculpatory DNA results.
As recently as June 17, Professor Joseph Dibona published a letter in the Durham Herald-Sun complaining that the decision to reinstate the team ignored "whether the team will be found guilty."
Hearsay Hearsay -
Cash Michaels needs to see a proctologist. He's got a blockage. Stuff that should be going out the back end is coming out of his mouth. He reports: Cousin Jakki says Crystal Gail Mangum turned down $2 million to drop rape case.
The cousin of the alleged victim in the Duke University lacrosse rape case says alums of Duke� quietly offered the accuser lots of money - a staggering $2 million early on to drop the charges, and go on with her life.And my cousin Skeeter in Filariasis, N.C. tells me he heard this whole case is a plot to extort millions from Duke University.
Lacrosse hearing raises more questions for defense [newsobserver.com, June 22, 2006]
NYT Columnist Harvey Araton on Duke Lacrosse Accused: First the Smear, Then Silence [newsbusters.org, June 22, 2006]
Faculty, administration rushed to judgements [dukechronicle.com, June 22, 2006]
COUSIN SAYS $2 MILLION 'HUSH MONEY' OFFERED [Wilmington Journal, June 22, 2006]