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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Duke Case: The Lie Campaign

Mike Nifong has lived a lie ever since he started prosecuting the Duke lacrosse rape hoax. The lie campaign was in full swing in March and April, but Nifong is now trying to lie about that.

"I'm glad Bannon brought up the internet. The internet is reporting that I gave 50-70 interviews. I've checked my calendar and have approximately 15 interviews noted on my calendar the last being April 1st. Otherwise I've been responding with no comment." Mike Nifong, Duke Hoax hearing, September 22, 2006
The News & Observer pointed out this Nifong lie, regarding interviews:
When one of the defense lawyers said that Nifong gave 50 to 70 interviews about the case, Nifong said he wanted to set the record straight. He checked his schedule and it showed that he actually gave more like 15 to 20 interviews. He said he had many conversations with reporters, some just to say that he would not comment on the case.

But the number 50 came from Nifong himself.

In a March 31 interview with a News & Observer reporter, Nifong was asked "How many interviews do you think you've given?"

"In excess of 50," Nifong said.
LieStoppers started listing Nifong interviews:
To help determine which of Mr. Nifong's statements was false, we've compiled the following "brief" list of DA Nifong's television appearances, newspaper interviews, public appearances and press releases. Please note: this list is incomplete and does not include all of Mr. Nifong's public statements before and after April 1 with regard to the Duke Hoax.
LieStoppers were well on their way to 40.

Here is another Nifong interview reference that was sitting in the TJN archives:

CNN, NANCY GRACE, aired April 19, 2006:
KEVIN MILLER, WPTF RADIO: a lot was made of the DNA. He [Nifong] did over 70 interviews. He told me personally on the air at WPTF that DNA is bullet-proof. You don`t get a false positive. Then when the DNA didn`t come back the way that the prosecutors thought it would, you have a second DNA test.
Nifong was covering all the bases - TV, radio and print media. Here's another Nifong interview cited on April 25th by the News & Observer - Lacrosse players face old charges:
Nifong said he will reinstate the charges against players whose deferred prosecution deals are still active, unless they can show they were not at the party.

He said he is reinstating a noise violation and an alcohol possession charge against Evans because he was one of the men who threw the party.

"He was one of the people who rented the house that was serving alcohol to underage people and hiring strippers," Nifong said in an interview. "In order to put somebody under deferred prosecution, the DA has to, under requirements of the statute, certify that he does not believe the person is likely to do any further criminal acts. Under the circumstances, it's hard for me to see how we could maintain that."
Additionally the Dan Abrams interview where he demonstrated the infamous choke hold - 'The Abrams Report speaks with N.C. District Attorney, April 7, 2006:
NIFONG: That's a possibility, and certainly we did investigate that particular possibility. But let me point out that the evidence that she would present with respect to that particular situation is that she was grabbed from behind. So that in essence, somebody had an arm around her like this, which she then had to struggle with in order to be able to breathe, and it was in the course of that struggle that the fingernails—the artificial fingernails broke off.
Another long list of Nifong interviews and quotes is also posted on CourtTV.com.

DA gets to wait on his theory [NewsOberver.com, Sept. 23, 2006]
Nifongian Mathematics [LieStoppers, Sept. 24, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Mike Nifong the Liar [TJN, June 15, 2006]
Defense wants DA Nifong thrown off case [TJN, May 2, 2006]
Lacrosse players face old charges [NewsObserver.com, April 25, 2006]
Nifong Quotes [courttv.com]

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