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Monday, September 11, 2006

Duke Case: The Asylum - Doing Crazy

The Duke lacrosse rape hoax needs to be ended ASAP. "Soon" is the operative word. Three innocent young men should be immediately found innocent of all the bogus rape charges manufactured by Mike Nifong. The goal for all concerned citizens should be: immediate exoneration and proof of innocence for the three Duke lacrosse players. This injustice should not be allowed to stand.

This case is an insane breakdown of truth, justice, law enforcement, journalism, administration, commonsense, the work ethic, and the American way. And following the Duke lacrosse case feels like being trapped in an insane asylum with the crazies.

Everyone is nuts. Mel Gibson disease has infected Durham and is spreading out fast to anyone caught in this black hole.

Mike Nifong is the ring leader for the legal insanity. The State of North Carolina is caught in some legal "Catch 22" that allows a local district attorney, like Nifong, to conduct a hunt for witches rapists if the burning of witches prosecution of rapists serves the greater good of getting him re-elected to office. North Carolina does not do "special prosecutors," that is something they use up North or in Washington to prosecute cases where there might be a "conflict-of-interest." NC never met a "conflict-of-interest" that a few "good ol' boys" couldn't resolve.

The North Carolina judicial system operates under some crazy "case management" system where the right to a speedy trial is the exception rather than rule. Judges can decide not to read the paperwork and motions for a case and just pass that work on to the next judge in their judicial daisy chain. Getting a good judge practically requires an Act of Congress.

The Durham Police conduct police lineups, perform investigations, and operate under their own "crazy" rules that occasionally might agree with the norms of law enforcement in this country. Rogue cops get to run roughshod over the rights of citizens and are protected by other cops. Witnesses are intimidated. The police chief counts his days until retirement. Accountability is for accountants, not cops.

The City of Durham is a simmering tinderbox of town-gown animosity regarding Duke University. There are racial and class hatreds that are ready to boil over.

The Duke President, Richard Brodhead, is channelling William Shakespeare as he vacillates over every commonsense moral decision.

Duke University is an elite southern university where after basketball, backstabbing it seems is a favorite past time. Members of the Duke faculty lined up to backstab their own innocent students, the lacrosse team, college athletics, Coach K., or anything that remotely reeks of a jockstrap. Members of the student body also want to bring down the jocks and are jealous of them. Members of the law school faculty are more concerned with justice for enemies of the United States than for Duke students. The Board of Trustees is asleep.

The local newspapers like the News & Observer, and Herald-Sun were or still are channelling Pravda from the good old Soviet Union days.

The local NAACP and ACLU are AWOL.

Finally, the bloggers. Yes, crazy. Too many words written, too emotionally wrapped up in this stinking mess to be rational anymore.

The case is a big steaming cesspool of crazy behaviour. It brings out the worst in people.

The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

God bless Michael Gaynor for (1) writing a story where he puts The Johnsville News in the headline, (2) cranking out 2000 word articles every day for five months informing people of this injustice, (3) confirming The Johnsville News report that Cash Michaels is at best a very sloppy journalist.

This entire squirrel's nest will be put on Broadway within a few years. There are three young men who would probably decline an invitation to the premier.

related:
N.C. has no speedy trials law [Kinston.com, Sept. 10, 2006]

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