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Monday, November 13, 2006

Duke Hoax: Day #209

"If anyone out there still believes David Evans, Reade Seligmann, or Collin Finnerty raped a black stripper on March 13, 2006, you’re willfully deaf and blind. And stupid." - La Shawn Barber
Updated - Today's items:

duke lacrosse stripper video

Ruth Sheehan, N&O Blog:
Response from Lewis Cheek — Here, a critique of coverage of the Durham District Attorney's race (and my columns, of course), from erstwhile candidate Lewis Cheek, whose name was placed on the ballot against D.A. Mike Nifong following a massive petition drive -- but who later decided he wouldn't serve if elected....

KC Johnson
Cheshire's Bill of Particulars — We all should be grateful to Stevenson and Ashley, however, that their ineffectual pro-Nifong bias gave Cheshire a chance to lay out the case for proper behavior by a prosecutor.

Duke Basketball Report:
Latest On Lax — In the Gell case, even the N.C. bar argued that the prosecutors committed felonies. Surely the N&O would support the voter's right to fire the prosecutor in that situation. The N&O has done some very impressive work on this case, arguably the paper's best since they got a Pulitzer for covering hog poop and the consequences of same. You'd think Ford would want his reporters to be aggressive and demanding. Perhaps not... And Harris v. Nifong

KC Johnson:
The N&O's Curiously Mixed MessageDoes [Steve] Ford even read his own newspaper? He does, obviously, although his column suggests his skepticism of its reporting....And what should Nifong’s fate be? According to Ford, perhaps he "should have some explaining to do" to the State Bar when the case ends. A question for Ford: the last time the N&O exposed massive prosecutorial misconduct came in the Alan Gell case. Should how the state bar ultimately treated the Gell prosecutors have deterred Nifong from engaging in misconduct?

Yesterday (11/12):

N&O Still for Nifong — Steve Ford is The Raleigh News & Observer’s editorial page editor. While readers are told a board makes N&O editorial decisions, Ford is regarded as its "controlling voice." Back on March 28 The Raleigh News & Observer editorialized on "the Duke lacrosse case." The N&O demanded Duke cancel the Men’s lacrosse season. It praised the woman for “an act of courage” in coming forward and reporting the alleged crimes...

Steve Ford, News & Observer column:
No gong for Mike Nifong -- yet — But to throw him [Nifong] out of office on the sole basis of that performance would have had the effect of substituting the judgment of voters for the judgment of jurors. That's no way to settle the question of whether a crime occurred and, if so, who was responsible...
TalkLeft Discussion - Another pro-Nifong editorial in the N&O

Joe Cheshire Guest Columnist, Herald-Sun:
Joseph B. Cheshire: Nifong's many victims - As David Evans' attorney, I feel it is my duty to respond to comments attributed to Kerry Sutton in your Nov. 9 article about Mike Nifong's election and its connection to the Duke lacrosse case. First, while your article associated Sutton with Evans' defense, and while she did render substantial assistance to us in the logistics of Evans' surrender, Sutton does not represent Evans, nor is she authorized to speak for him or on his behalf...
TalkLeft discussion - Joseph B. Cheshire: Nifong's many victims

Re: Entertainment reporter, defrocked movie critic, and rotten cherry picker extraordinaire Cash Michaels sends a letter to LieStoppers -

Response to Cash Michaels — What we presented offered no conclusions, no commentary, and no words of our own. For you to conclude that we offered Mr. Harris Johnson's words as a blanket assessment of the mindset of all Durham voters requires your own jump...I am aghast at the deception that has fueled the Hoax and firmly believe that, in no small part, the fears and preconceptions of segments within the Black community of Durham have been preyed upon. [See comments]
TalkLeft discussion - Cash Michaels vs. Liestoppers

Our Collective Voice - Cash Michaels — Black people took all of this opposition in, and decided they didn't like seeing Nifong being ganged up on, especially since a judge or jury hasn't decided the merits of the case yet. And they heartily rejected the notion that they cannot, after hearing possibly three months of testimony as projected, be fair jurors and finders of fact...

Cash Michaels:
Democrats' Big Winners: Durham D.A. Wins Election — Supporters of Democrat Nifong were elated....But in the end, despite tremendous opposition, Nifong was victorious.
"If 99 percent of the people had voted for me, I’d still do what I’m doing," Nifong told reporters after his victory. "I can’t let the voters decide what is the right thing to do. I just have to do the right thing."

Forum Topic (hot) - Justice for Precious? — A woman who pleaded guilty to falsely accusing six men of raping her was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail...

KC Johnson:
Sunday Post-Election Roundup — all the more puzzling the N&O’s decision to make no endorsement in the Durham D.A.’s race. Do members of the editorial page board read their own newspaper? If so, how could they have chosen to take a pass on the race, given that their own reporters and columnists have thoroughly exposed Nifong’s unethical behavior?

Older items:

News & Observer:
DA's foes raising more — Durham residents Anne and John McMahon, each gave $2,500 to Monks in September. She is a retired health care consultant, and he is former chairman of the Duke Board of Trustees and former president of the American Hospital Association.

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