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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Duke Case: Judge Titus now presiding

Judge Kenneth C. Titus is now handling the Duke case. He presided over the hearings on Monday. Judge Titus is in an election year. Durham County Superior Court judges serve eight year terms.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our Judge is marching on.
CBS News reported:
Durham County DA Mike Nifong wants access to the student ID card records for Duke's lacrosse team, saying all team members could be witnesses in the rape case against three team members....

The subpoenas also sought a list of the uncharged players' home addresses, which Nifong said he needed to ensure he could call the players to testify at a trial unlikely to begin before spring 2007.

"We're not trying to investigate them," Nifong said. "We are not trying to say there are crimes that we want to prove they are guilty of. We want to be put in a position to call them to tell the jury in Durham what they observed go on that night when this took place."

Judge Kenneth C. Titus said he would likely decide the issue on Friday.

ABC11TV.com reported:
Also Monday, the judge declined to issue a deadline for the completion of the discovery process during a brief pretrial hearing in the case against three players charged with raping an exotic dancer at a March party. The players -- Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans -- did not attend their hearing...

Titus also formally reaffirmed the state's rules governing trial publicity and disclosure of information to the public and the media. The order does not prevent attorneys in the case from talking publicly, but does prohibit statements that have a "substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing" the case.

The Herald-Sun added:
Nifong surrendered 36 additional pages of information about the case to defense attorneys, on top of some 1,800 previous pages. The prosecutor said he would have more at an unspecified future date.

The rape cases remain in the second stage of Durham's three-pronged "case-management system," pending another court hearing during the week of Aug. 21.

One review in for Judge Titus:
What a pathetic judge. A national case and he didn't even bother to read all the motions before the hearing "because there are so many" - pathetic.

Mike Nifong is still looking for his case. When will his absurd bluff and this bogus game of chance end.

As one observer on the CourtTV message boards pointed out; Mike Nifong has established his own unique timeline for the Duke case:
Inflame, incite, insult, indict, investigate.

sources:
DA Wants Duke Players' ID Card Records [cbsnews.com, July 17, 2006]
Nifong: Every LAX Member a Possible Witness [abctv11.com, July 17, 2006]
Judge orders publicity restraints in lacrosse case [heraldsun.com, July 17, 2006]

Duke Lacrosse Case [TJN Archive]

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