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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Duke Case: Fumigation Efforts

The fumigation efforts are still continuing this week to clean up the latest stench of lies that DA Mike Nifong brought into the Duke lacrosse pretrial hearing last Friday.

The News & Observer in its own politically correct way points to Nifong's hypocrisy and lies:

Nifong responded that revocation of law licenses should be the penalty for violating the rules.

"No attorney should have any objection whatsoever to complying with the bar rules," Nifong said.

Nifong then downplayed the extent of his public comments early in the case. He disagreed with reports that he had given 50 to 70 interviews, saying he had "15 listed on my desk calendar that I actually gave."

In an interview with The News & Observer on March 31, Nifong said he had given "in excess of 50" interviews. In an April 3 statement, Nifong said the interviews took in excess of 40 hours.
KC Johnson deconstructs more of Nifong's bizarre behavior:
If we’ve learned nothing else over the past six months, however, Mike Nifong isn’t a reasonable man. How else to explain his bizarre attempt to stimulate memories of his unethical (but politically useful) pre-primary publicity barrage? Last week, the district attorney accused defense lawyers of “prima facie evidence of an attempt to influence jurors,” citing a defense poll of 300 Durham County voters.
The hot TalkLeft.com topic is unraveling the newest lie - where Nifong now "speculates" that the gang-rape only lasted 5-10 minutes: Where Nifong's "5 minutes -- 10 on the outside" comes from

John in Carolina looks at Nifong’s enablers and their back stories:
I count as prime among Nifong’s enablers certain Durham police officers; Duke University’s trustees, its President, very many of Duke’s top administrators and its faculty; those at the Raleigh News & Observer who produced, beginning on March 24, Duke lacrosse coverage that was so recklessly biased, inaccurate and inflammatory that it helped launch a witch hunt and endangered many innocent people; and finally, organizations that claim to advocate justice for all, but in reality are interest groups for those they favor.
Duke professor Karla FC Holloway brought her intellectual backstabbing knife to a gun fight. LieStoppers shoots some more holes in the intellectual and ethical mess that is professor Karla FC Holloway:
It is unfair to assert that those who argue the three accused players are innocent are therefore advocating black guilt and women's guilt. We are simply arguing that no lacrosse player sexually assaulted either of the two dancers at the party. No one of consequence is arguing that women as a gender are guilty or that African Americans as a race are guilty. This case shouldn't be about identity politics; it should be about what did and did not happen.
More hoax linkfest:
Mike "Nefarious" Nifong now claims that the three accused students restrained, beat, raped and sodomized a stripper/prostitute in a scant five minutes, rather than the thirty minutes previously alleged.
Duke Lacrosse Rape Case Is Tawana Brawley Redux [The Autonomist, Sept. 26, 2006]

Durham Mayor Bill Bell and Senior Legal Analyst Norman Goldman visit with Ed about the Duke lacrosse controversy. Mayor Bell on the community reaction, university relations, and a bad light cast on the city of Durham.
Durham Mayor Bill Bell and Senior Legal Analyst Norman Goldman (audio, MP3) from [The Ed Schultz Show - wegoted.com]

Like the Plame/Wilson case, the Duke lacrosse travesty presents us with a legal case in which the MSM is both chronicler and secret-keeper. While they tout the public’s “right to know” as they try to unseal court records and publish salacious minutia, they also hide important information from public when it serves their interest or ideology.
Duke lacrosse: Custom, interest, and the pursuit of truth [leadandgold, Sept. 25, 2006]

sources:
Durham DA's stand draws fire [newsobersver.com, Sept. 26, 2006]
Nifong's Peculiar Motion [durhamwonderland, Sept. 26, 2006]
Nifong’s enablers and their back stories [John in Carolina, Sept. 25, 2006]
Our Collective Voice - Letter to Holloway [LieStoppers, Sept. 26, 2006]
Where Nifong's "5 minutes -- 10 on the outside" comes from [forums.talkleft.com]

Duke Lacrosse Case [TJN Archives]

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