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Sunday, October 1, 2006

Duke Case: Justice is a Game

Michael Byron Nifong is a lying, profane, arrogant bully, who treats the Durham justice system as his personal play toy. And that is on his good days. He will go to hell.

The most shocking statement from today's N&O profile of Mike Nifong:

Although Nifong has never heard the woman [Crystal Gail Mangum] tell her story, he believes her.

How could a prosecutor not have read a written statement from a rape accuser or even talked to her about the assault and still believe her? It's astonishing.

Nifong said in court on September 22nd that he met with Ms. Mangum and his detectives on April 11th to discuss the judicial process. Nifong said Ms. Mangum was "too traumatized" to speak about the incident. Ms. Mangum did several police lineups and interviews and finally provided a written statement on April 6th, but nearly a month after the alleged attack she's still "too traumatized" to discuss the incident? Nifong is either lying about Ms. Mangum being "too traumatized" or about never hearing her story. Either way he's booked another lie in his game of deception.

Nifong will take any lying rape accuser to trial and give her a chance to convince a jury, without evidence, just like he did in 19994.
Echoes of '94 case

"The one thing this case really boils down to is whether or not this lady's telling you the truth," defense attorney Bob Brown told a Durham County jury Aug. 3, 1994. "There's no other evidence that backs her up"...

After a five-day trial, the jury deliberated two hours and 40 minutes before reaching a verdict: not guilty.

[Timothy] Malloy, the defendant, said, "I guess once he sets his mind that he's going to prosecute, there's nothing you can really do. What could you do?"

How did the governor of North Carolina ever decide to appoint Nifong to the DA's job?
Moody, demanding

"Working with Mike, you never knew from one day or the other who you'd be dealing with," said Glenn Gray, a lawyer who handled a high volume of traffic cases. "He would curse you, scream at you, call you names over nothing."

Nifong's moods became just part of dealing with him...

"I have seen him lose his temper and berate attorneys in an unprofessional manner," Holmes said....

Nifong stormed out of his office, blowing past the reporters in the hallway. He marched to the judges' chambers, where he bumped into one of Evans' attorneys. He lit into the lawyer, his voice carrying across the sixth floor. He made liberal use of profanity, including the word "mother[expletive]"...

"No matter what the tide of public opinion says, if he's made a decision, he's going to stand by it," she [Lisa Williams, defense lawyer] said. "People either like him very much or hate him very much, and the other thing about him is he doesn't really care which one you are."
The people of Durham should care what kind of man is their district attorney. They can use their vote on November 7th to make a choice.

Other takes on the N&O article:
The N&O Does Nifong [Durham-In-Wonderland]
The Fluffer That Wasn't [LieStoppers]
N&O’s Nifong story [JinC]
N&O's Nifong story [Talkleft.com]

Stormy DA at center of lacrosse case [Benjamin Niolet |NewsObserver.com, Oct. 1, 2006]

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