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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Cannon v. Nifong & Couch

When Isiah Thomas, the coach and general manager of the New York Knicks NBA basketball team, was accused of sexual harassment he marched to the microphones and held a press conference to deny the charges.

When Mike Nifong is accused of not stopping sexual harassment in the Durham DA's office he retreats to his computer and fires off a spam email to his supporters that had nothing to do with sexual harassment. Instead Nifong "played the self-pity card" and said he wants to press on with the hoax because:

He claimed that Cheek supporters consider his prosecution "a threat to their sense of entitlement and that they do not trust a jury of Durham citizens to decide" the case.
Since this case has had everything, but the kitchen sink, throwing in a dollop of class warfare on election eve makes perfect sense.

Regarding the sexual harassment, the N&O reported:
A former Durham prosecutor said Sunday she filed a complaint with the state court system, alleging that she was sexually harassed by a co-worker and that her complaints were ignored by District Attorney Mike Nifong.

Ashley Cannon, who was a District Court prosecutor, said she made the complaint verbally to the Administrative Office of the Courts in Raleigh on Friday. She made the complaint on her last day with Nifong's office after resigning to accept a new job as a prosecutor in Orange and Chatham counties.

Cannon said in an interview Sunday that she reported the sexual harassment allegation to Nifong. "Nothing was done about it," she said.
KC Johnson reported:
On Friday, her last day working for Nifong, Cannon spoke with the Administrative Office of the Courts, and filed an oral complaint alleging sexual harassment by Assistant District Attorney C. Destine Couch and a complaint against District Attorney Nifong for taking no action on the matter.


Stormy Ellis (left), Ashley Cannon (right)

Destine Couch
Assistant District Attorney C. Destine "Come get some" Couch

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