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Saturday, September 9, 2006

Duke Case: War Against Duke

Sgt. Mark Gottliebupdated:

The Duke rape hoax has lived because a pair of bully boys hate Duke. Mike Nifong is a Duke hater and a bully. His number one henchman, Durham police Sergeant Mark Gottlieb, is a Duke hater and a bully. United they have worked to keep their hoax afloat as a sea of truth rushes over the bulwarks of their leaking vessel of lies.

The shaky unholy Nifong-Gottlieb alliance has little more than their hatred of Duke to hold it together. Their hoax could be construed as a case of guerrilla class warfare. Nifong a UNC-Chapel Hill guy and Gottlieb a high-school graduate working together to take down high and mighty Duke. No one would ever say that, but this case has most certainly become a personal war.

Perhaps at one time Nifong looked at this rape case more as an opportunistic springboard to winning the DA election, with Duke as a perfect target of opportunity. Now however, Nifong would take winning this case over winning reelection. Jobs come and go, but reputations live a lifetime.

Gottlieb also has invested his reputation in this hoax, especially when he cooked up the fishy, foul smelling, and fabricated investigative notes that the defense finally received in July.

Nifong spent $23,000 of taxpayer money for additional DNA testing at DNA Security of Burlington, NC. He then drove over to the DNA Security office with Sgt. Gottlieb two times as they grasped for DNA straws as they tried to manufacture a case.

On April 10... the lead case investigators, Sgt. Gottlieb and Inv. Himan, went with Durham County District Attorney Michael Nifong to DNASI's lab in Burlington to meet personally with Dr. Brian Meehan, the lab director who would be in charge of conducting the additional tests...

On April 20 or 21, Mr. Nifong, Sgt. Gottlieb, and Inv. Himan once again traveled to Burlington to meet with Dr. Meehan at DNASI's lab.
You can picture Gottlieb and Nifong sitting in the car talking about the joys of using Y-chromosome STR DNA testing to finally get their silver bullet in the Duke case. Probably not, it just shows you what strange bedfellows these two hoaxters are. The private lab didn't find anything.

It turns out, Sgt. Mark Gottlieb has been conducting his own personal little war against Duke for sometime.

Today's News & Observer documents Gottlieb's war against Duke students:
Members of the defense team are now closely examining the arrests Gottlieb made before the rape case. Records show that the sergeant arrested a disproportionate number of Duke students, all on misdemeanor violations such as carrying an open beer on a public sidewalk or violating the city's noise ordinance.

Such charges usually earn an offender a pink ticket such as those issued for speeding. But court records show Gottlieb often arrested Duke students on such charges, taking them to jail in handcuffs...

From May 2005 to February 2006, the period during which Gottlieb was a patrol supervisor in the district, court and police records examined by The News & Observer show that Gottlieb arrested 28 people. Twenty were Duke students, including a quarterback of the football team and the sister of a men's lacrosse player. At least 15 of the Duke students were taken to jail.

In comparison, the three other squad supervisors working in District 2 during the same 10 months -- Sgts. Dale Gunter, John Shelton and Paul Daye -- tallied a combined 64 arrests. Two were Duke students. Both were taken to jail.

Gottlieb often treated Duke students and nonstudents differently. For example, Gottlieb in 2004 wrote a young man a citation for illegally carrying a concealed .45-caliber handgun and possessing less than a half-ounce of marijuana, but records indicate he wasn't taken to jail. He was not a Duke student.
Gottlieb rules: concealed guns and pot - yes, open beers - no.

Again you have to wonder why the Duke University administration does not look out for and protect the civil rights of its students. Wouldn't the Duke Police be able to monitor and report these skewed arrest statistics to the administration? Is it just open season on Duke students in Durham? Is Duke running a university or hunting preserve? Does the law school faculty worry about protecting the rights of its students. Apparently not, the rights of terrorists get more attention from the law school faculty.

Gottlieb was also involved in a war on a fry cook. Now beating a fry cook will get Cash Michaels riled up:
Then there is one of the lead investigators in the Duke rape case, Sgt. Mark Gottlieb.

According to published reports, the Internal Affairs Unit of the Durham Police Dept. is expected to wrap up its probe of the July 20 racial assault and beating by Durham police officers of a Black cook in the parking lot of Blinco’s Sports Pub in Raleigh.

Raleigh Police charged two other white Durham Police officers with the assault, but Gottlieb and another Duke case Investigator Richard Clayton were being probed because they were on the scene of the assault, but allegedly did little to stop it, or get medical attention for the victim.

If it turns out that Gottlieb, a 15-year veteran and supervisor of investigators in the Duke case, did not act appropriately, even if he was off-duty, Durham Police Chief Steve Chalmers promises he’ll be disciplined.

There is also the controversy surrounding who actually punched and kicked the Black cook as several off-duty Durham officers surrounded him in the parking lot.

The cook told his story to several news organizations, but for some reason described one of his assailants to ABC News as a big, bald man.

That description fits Sgt. Gottlieb, but Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Dept., says they, and the Wake District Attorney’s Office are satisfied that they’ve charged the right suspects, and Gottlieb wasn’t one of them.

He has nonetheless secured an attorney.
Like all wars, the victors will get to write the history of this case. Nifong and Gottlieb will be held accountable for their "war crimes."


The N&O Editors' Blog notes this story:

Duke lacrosse latest: Gottlieb profile

hat tip: John-In-Carolina

Much Later: another Gottlieb story-
Students criticize lax cop's behavior [dukechronicle.com, Sept. 11, 2006]

DNA tests for Duke lacrosse case cost taxpayers nearly $23,000 [USAToday.com, June 7, 2006]
Detective got tough with Duke students [NewsObserver.com, Sept. 9, 2006]
Gottlieb the Duke Hunter [LieStoppers, Sept. 9, 2006]
ETHICAL QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT DUKE CASE PROSECUTION [Cash Michaels | blackpressusa.com, Sept. 7, 2006]
Off-duty activities looked at [NewsObserver.com, Sept. 9, 2006]

Shameful - Defense of Terrorists But Not Duke Students [forums.TalkLeft.com]
What's the Bald Man Been Up to - TalkLeft discussion of Blinco's case & Gottlieb [forums.TalkLeft.com]

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