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Thursday, June 1, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Revenge, Injustice & Prosecution Lies

updated: June 19, 2006

Mike Nifong Was Durham District Attorney, Mike Nifong, bitch slapped by someone from Duke University when he was a young pup lawyer?

He's behaving just like a man who wants to settle an old score.

Nifong has taken this Duke lacrosse case personally. It seems as if Mr. Nifong has some internal voice saying: "an insult unpunished is the parent of many others." You have to wonder who, or what, or how was Mike Nifong insulted by Duke University?

Nifong did not go to Duke University. Mr. Nifong's bio says:

A life-long resident of North Carolina, District Attorney Mike Nifong was born in Wilmington, where he graduated from New Hanover High School. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Herbert W. Jackson scholarship, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. degree in Political Science in 1971.

Although he had decided on an eventual career in law while still in high school, Nifong worked for his first year after graduation from UNC as a teacher of mathematics and boys' physical education in Southport. This was followed by a three-year stint as a social worker with the New Hanover County Department of Social Services in Wilmington before he finally enrolled in the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1975.

Mr Nifong as Durham District Attorney was an administrator rather than a litigator. However, he quickly came out of the cozy corner office to go after the Duke students.

Why did he is personally want to handle the Duke case? It would be the first case the veteran prosecutor has overseen in years. The conventional wisdom is that he took on this case just to get the publicity he needed to win re-election to his job.

That might be too simple an explanation. Why does an apparently good man suddenly go haywire? Something else is driving Mike Nifong and revenge looks like it's part of the mix.

Maybe some motivated reporter in Durham will dig up the incident that sparked Mr. Nifong's hatred of Duke and his need to settle an old score.

William L. Anderson nicely summarizes the Duke lacrosse case and Mike Nifong's lies and prosecutorial misconduct in his drive to jail the Duke lacrosse players:
(Someone I respect very much has known Nifong for many years and says that he is not dishonest, but rather has backed himself into a corner. This was a "damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don'’t" situation, he tells me. While that might be true, Nifong also has done enough things that strain his credibility.)

Lest I let Nifong off with just telling a few whoppers, there is even more. On the day after the alleged attack, police came to the house where the party was held and the occupants, including Evans, showed police around, retrieved material for them and even went to the station and spent three hours talking to police without attorneys being present. Soon afterward, Nifong publicly claimed that the lacrosse players were "putting up a blue wall of silence" and were purposely covering up a "crime." Moreover, he threatened to charge the other players with "accessory to kidnapping, assault, and rape" charges unless they came forward.

Shortly thereafter, Nifong hinted to the press that at least one player was willing to turn state'’s evidence. He based his claim upon an email that allegedly one player had sent to his teammates. However, it turned out that the email was a fraud, and, according to the attorneys who represent the players, the fake email almost surely had been concocted by the police. So, we have Nifong implicated in another falsehood.

sources:
The Earl of Dook, or the Continuing State of State Justice in North Carolina [William L. Anderson | lewrockwell.com, June 1, 2006]
Mike Nifong District Attorney [mikenifong.com]

updated - Any old insult possible here? The CrimeProf blog said:
interesting fact: He [Mike Nifong] could not get work when he graduated from law school in the late 1970s, so he served as a volunteer ADA until a slot opened up.
The Lawyers in the Duke Lacrosse Team Rape Case [CrimProf Blog, April 21, 2006]
About your District Attorney [ncdistrictattorney.org]

2nd update: June 19, 2006
, It seems that Mike Nifong's website www.mikenifong.com is not working. So here is his full bio pulled from Google's cache.

Biography for Mike Nifong

A life-long resident of North Carolina, District Attorney Mike Nifong was born in Wilmington, where he graduated from New Hanover High School. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Herbert W. Jackson scholarship, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. degree in Political Science in 1971.

Although he had decided on an eventual career in law while still in high school, Nifong worked for his first year after graduation from UNC as a teacher of mathematics and boys' physical education in Southport. This was followed by a three-year stint as a social worker with the New Hanover County Department of Social Services in Wilmington before he finally enrolled in the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1975.

It was during this period of time that he began his involvement with youth baseball, a passion that has continued for more than three decades.

Upon graduation from the UNC School of Law and admission to the North Carolina Bar in 1978, Nifong sought a position as an Assistant District Attorney on the theory that it would be the best ticket to what he foresaw as a career in litigation. Initially unable to find such a job within the geographic confines of his search area, he volunteered to serve as an unpaid attorney with the District Attorney's Office in Durham beginning in October 1978. That choice proved to be fortuitous, as District Attorney Dan K. Edwards, Jr., quickly secured funds to pay him on a full-time per diem basis.

When a vacancy finally occurred in a permanent ADA slot in Durham in April, 1979, it was offered to Nifong. He has been there ever since. By June of 1979, he had worked his way up to Superior Court, where he amassed a record of more than three hundred felony jury trials (nearly a quarter of which involved homicides) over the next two decades. In the years since 1999, he has experienced a decrease in courtroom involvement and a corresponding increase in administrative responsibilities and policy development.

In the course of his career as a prosecutor, Nifong has worked for three different District Attorneys, serving as Chief Assistant under both Ronald L. Stephens and James E. Hardin, Jr., both of whom now serve as Superior Court Judges. He was appointed District Attorney for Durham by Governor Mike Easley on April 18, 2005, and was sworn into that position on April 27, 2005.

Mike Nifong lives with his wife Cy Gurney (a Regional Administrator for the NC Guardian ad Litem program, an advocacy program for abused and neglected children), son Bryan (a student at Riverside High School), and dog Tillie (an Australian Shepherd) in a quiet neighborhood in northern Durham County, just across the street from the Eno River State Park. An adult daughter, Sarah, lives in Charlotte.

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