The right to free speech does not give one the right to yell fire in a crowded theater.
The right to a fair trial does not give a district attorney the right to yell "racial crime" and incite a lynch mob when he wants a big kick-off to his re-election campaign.
Mike Mifong orchestrated the release of the 911 call made by Kim Roberts in order to incite a mob of vigilantes and throw fuel on a racial fire. Nifong and the Durham police then lied when they were asked if they knew who made the call.
Once the racial fire was started Mike Nifong mounted center stage to announce that he was personally going to prosecute the Duke case. It was a perfect launch platform for a re-election campaign in a tight race where Nifong needed the Black vote in order to keep his job.
LieStoppers calls this evil Nifong ploy the "Hoax within a Hoax."
By releasing these tapes and subsequently feigning that the call was from an unrelated, unknown pair of women equally subjected to racial harassment by the same group of hooligans on the same evening, the DA and his accomplices from the DPD created an atmosphere of division and hatred within Durham. It was upon this pedestal that the vote-pandering Nifong rode to primary victory less than two months later. It must be noted that this confusion was not created by an eager journalist who acquired and made public these tapes. The tapes sat available at Durham PD for two weeks until the day following Mr. Nifong's announcement that he would personally prosecute the case, when DPD issued a news release of the tapes together with a public appeal from DPD for information from the public about the identification of the 911 caller.
[...]March 29-30To add fuel to the racial fire Nifong would pour the following gasoline-like comments over the next few days:"The circumstances of the rape indicated a deep racial motivation for some of the things that were done," District Attorney Mike Nifong said. "It makes a crime that is by its nature one of the most offensive and invasive even more so." NBC 17 March 29
"The racial slurs involved are relevant to show the mindset … involved in this particular attack," Nifong told Syler. "And, obviously, it made what is already an extremely reprehensible act even more reprehensible." - CBS March 30Enabling Mr. Nifong’s Hoax, we find an accomplice in DPD, spokeswoman Kammie Michael, who declines to answer whether the call was made by the second dancer, and who then issues a public plea for help in identifying this “unknown” caller. What public interest could possibly have been served by the release of the 911 calls and the charade of “We don't know who she is and would like to talk to her." NY Times March 30
Sorry, but I can't get this song out of my head:
Has anyone here seen our old friend the Department of Justice?
Can you tell me where they've gone?
A Hoax Within A Hoax [LieStoppers, Aug. 15, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Case [TJN Archives]