On one hand, you might think Cash Michaels is a hard working professional bag man and shakedown artist. Because, every time he writes a column for the The Wilmington Journal he sounds like Cuba Gooding Jr. in the movie Jerry Maguire yelling, "show me the money."
Cash can not write about the Duke lacrosse case without using the word money: hush money, bribery money, conspiracy money, secret evil money, and mo' money. It reminds us of how Ms. Mangum's dance partner the convicted embezzler, Kim Roberts, could only focus on talking about money in her police statement. Some recent Cash talk'n trash about the cash:
...that "alums of Duke” attempted, through her family, to offer her $2 million in hush money early in the case, if she would just "make the case go away."Actually, Cash is a smart bag man. He's using a formula fiction writers have known for years. People love conspiracies. They want to believe in conspiracies, especially evil, dark, secret society type conspiracies. Does the name Da Vinci ring a bell?
...her cousin wants her day in court to testify truthfully as to how she was beaten and sodomized. Even the hint of her accepting any money beyond her family and close friends, even from well-meaning supporters, was something she couldn’t allow, concerned that the appearance of such would undermine her case.
"It’s not about the money to her," Jakki said...
The allegation became more intriguing when sources close to certain moderate Black leaders, who asked not to be revealed, confirmed too that they were approached by people "with connections to Duke” with a offer of money, not only for their organizations, but for North Carolina Central University (the alleged victim’s school), and for her, if they could influence her to recant the charges.
Cash if you want to refine your fictional conspiracy hunt for the "Great White Defendant," read the Sailer article.
Also, Cash here are a couple of other angles you can use. Is the smile on the Duke Blue Devil really an evil leer? What is that Blue Devil symbol really hiding? People should be afraid, be very afraid of "Les Diables Bleus."
So Cash, great job working the fictional conspiracy side of the Duke rape hoax story. Heck, if you can have a fictional rape you can certainly have a diabolical fictional conspiracy. They go together like pie ala mode.
Cash, here's a word of advice. And you probably have done this already. But just make sure get your retainer up front. Don't count on a slice of the fictional pie ala cash.
Judge Blasts Duke Defense Attorneys [Cash Michaels | WilmingtonJournal, July 21, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Case [TJN Archive]