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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Duke Case: Never Meet Your Heroes

Never meet your heroes they're bound to disappoint. The corollary is true. Heroes should never meet you, they will be disappointed. If an Atticus Finch could meet Mike Nifong he would go take a shower after he shook his hand. Nifong listing "To Kill a Mockingbird" as his favorite book is evil irony.

Mike Nifong - Damned Liar

Mike Nifong (D)-
Personal and Political

Interests and Hobbies: Reading, fitness/walking, baseball, music (listening, performing, writing)

Favorite TV Show: The only shows I see on a regular basis are SportCenter (when I am getting ready for work in the morning) and the 11:00 news (when I am getting ready for bed at night)

Hero: When I was a young man, my hero was Mickey Mantle. Since reaching the age where one realizes that there are no perfect humans, I have not had heroes, although there are many people whom I greatly admire, and I certainly place my parents in this category.

Favorite Book: Among my favorites are To Kill a Mockingbird, Watership Down and Faulkner's Light in August. I also enjoy Tolkien and LeCarre. Of late, most of my reading has been of history (non-fiction).

Self-ranking on political scale: Not only could I not reduce my own politics to a single number on your scale, but I suspect that it would be hard to find two people who can precisely agree on what the labels actually mean. I tend to be somewhat liberal on such things as social, environmental, and first amendment issues, middle-of-the-road on economic issues, and somewhat conservative on issues of accountability and personal responsibility.


NewsOberver.com, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006 - Nifong assails phone survey:

District Attorney Mike Nifong on Wednesday accused defense lawyers in the Duke University lacrosse rape case of using a telephone poll as a "thinly disguised" attempt to influence jurors.

The defense lawyers said they were only trying to assess how Nifong himself might have influenced a potential jury with his early public comments on the case, in which three men are accused of raping a woman hired to dance at a March lacrosse team party...
Herald-Sun, Sept. 20, 2006 - Lacrosse defense survey questioned:
In his motion, Nifong attached a sworn statement from his wife, Cy Gurney, who told of engaging in a one-hour call last week with a woman from the polling company, Central Research Services Inc. The pollster said she was calling from New York.

Internet listings show Central Research Services to be an established market research company more than a half-century old and based in Tokyo.
TalkLeft.com hot topic - News & Observer to do piece on NIFONG Sunday:
News & Observer: COMING SUNDAY September 24, 2006

Who is Mike Nifong? We take a deeper look at what drives the man who is driving the Duke lacrosse case.
and Inside Information on the Upcoming Article on Nifong

LaShawn Barber - Duke Rape Case: Denial of Due Process?
Nifong ought to be ashamed of himself on so many levels.
Crystal Mess - Dear Cowards,
Group of 88 Duke professors

Shame! Not for making a mistake. For not admitting it and seeking to make it right. You, and each of you, are a disgrace to scholarship, values-molding, yourselves, Duke University. Charades you are! You're nearly a laugh. But you're really a cry.

The votebook page profiling Nifong put up by The Herald-Sun says:
"Candidate is Unopposed"
KC Johnson on the inaccuracy:
The "votebook" inaccuracy isn't the first time the Herald-Sun has wildly distorted news regarding the Cheek effort. In a July 30 editorial, editor Bob Ashley opined,
On Thursday, Cheek said being district attorney would be too much of a distraction from the business of his Durham law firm, so supporters shouldn't vote for him after all.
In fact, Cheek had said exactly the opposite regarding how his supporters might vote. As N&O reporter Benjamin Niolet noted after the county comissioner's press conference,
Cheek . . . said anyone dissatisfied with Nifong could vote for him. Cheek said that he would vote for himself but would stay out of the election and the campaign.
Mike Nifong (D) [votebook.com]

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