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Monday, June 19, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Nifong - "Those Damn Blogs"

Newsweek has changed its tune about the Duke lacrosse case. They are now saying:

The media coverage of the case has been enormous. NEWSWEEK put the mug shots of two of the players—Reade Seligmann, 20, and Collin Finnerty, 19—on its cover the week after they were indicted. Some early accounts raised doubts about the guilt of the players, but the story more typically played as a morality tale of pampered jocks gone wild. Lately, as more evidence from police or medical reports have been filed or cited in court documents by defense lawyers, the national and local media have been raising questions about Nifong's conduct of the case and his motivations.

Asked for an interview last week by NEWSWEEK, Nifong declined, but sent an angry e-mail accusing the national media of getting spun by defense lawyers and sticking to his earlier comments to the press. "None of the 'facts' I know at this time, indeed, none of the evidence I have seen from any source, has changed the opinion that I expressed initially," he wrote. He lashed out at "media speculation" (adding, "and it is even worse on the blogs")
That last line is nice - just Google Mike Nifong.

That TJN post (currently #1) is a month old. That's when there was a 10% chance Nifong might have a case. Now the adjective "evil" is more appropriate to have next to Mr. Nifong's name on Google.

But the vampire still lives and no one can have any satisfaction until a steak is driven through the heart of this hoax case and it goes straight to hell. Maybe the vacuum created will suck Mike Nifong along with his bogus case. This anecdote from the Newsweek article again speaks louder than any demented district attorney rants:
[regarding a court order requiring DNA samples from Duke lacrosse team]

[defense attorney] Ekstrand was about to tell the players that they could appeal the order as "overbroad," too sweeping in its scope, when the players got up and started heading for their cars to drive downtown to the police station...

Ekstrand was struck to see how little hesitation the players showed. After all, if the DNA of any one of those men matched DNA found on the accuser's body, it could ruin his life: disgrace followed by many years in prison. But there was no talk of hiring individual lawyers or stalling for time; the players seemed to want to get on with it. "I was watching to see if anyone hung back," Ekstrand told NEWSWEEK. No one did.
Doubts About Duke [Newsweek, June 29, 2006 issue]

The Johnsville News - 65+ Duke case posts, some that were focused on Mike Nifong:
Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Nifong Lies & Deception [TJN, June 17, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Mike Nifong the Liar [TJN, June 15, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Say "Uncle" Dammit! [TJN, June 10, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Revenge, Injustice & Prosecution Lies [TJN, June 1, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Case: Nifong Rope-A-Dope? [TJN, May 28, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Scandal: 2nd Lineup missing? [TJN, May 27, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Scandal: DA Mike Nifong - Fool or Fox? [TJN, May 17, 2006]
Duke Rape Case: Prosecutor Mike Nifong Shares Evidence with Black Panthers [TJN, May 3, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Rape: Defense wants DA Nifong thrown off case [TJN, May 2, 2006]

Other blogs covering Duke Case:

Robert KC Johnson at hnn.us
La Shawn Barber
John in Carolina
Jeralyn Merritt @ TalkLeft.com

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