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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Duke Case: Lewis Cheek Won't Run

Lewis "Hamlet" Cheek decided not to run for district attorney. Durham voters have been stabbed.

Fox News reported:

Durham County Commissioner Lewis Cheek said Thursday he will not campaign for district attorney, even though his name will appear on the ballot as a challenger to Duke lacrosse prosecutor Mike Nifong.

"The people will be able to directly state whether they are satisfied with the status quo," Cheek said. "I will not run a campaign and I will not serve as district attorney."
The News & Observer added:
Cheek said he did not want to harm his three-year-old law practice and its other lawyers and employees by pulling out to serve as District Attorney...

Still, Cheek said he would vote for himself in the fall, and encouraged others who are dissatisfied with Nifong to do the same. If Cheek wins, he said he would decline the office, leaving it up to Gov. Mike Easley to appoint Durham's next District Attorney. It was Easley who appointed Nifong to the job last year after former District Attorney Jim Hardin became a judge.
So a vote for Cheek is not a wasted vote. It's a no-confidence vote against Mike Nifong. However, that is a small consolation for Durham voters, who wanted a real choice.
Oh, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune...

sources:
North Carolina County Commissioner Won't Challenge Duke Lacrosse Prosecutor [FoxNews.com, July 27, 2006]
Cheek will not run for Durham DA post [NewsObserver.com, July 27, 2006]
Cheek Won't Pursue Durham DA Job [WRAL.com]

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