"Only an outside, independent prosecutor can bring some sense of fairness to a prosecution that has been terribly mishandled from the beginning." - editorial, St. Petersburg TimesUpdated - Today's items:
Niolet & Neff, News & Observer:
Event told of accuser in lacrosse rape case — Days before a woman said Duke University lacrosse players raped and beat her, she was passed out cold at a Hillsborough strip club and had to be carried to the parking lot, according to the club's former manager. In that gravel parking lot on the night of March 11, the four people carrying the woman accidentally dropped her, said Yolanda Haynes, the club's former manager...
TalkLeft discussion - Former Strip Club Manager Says Accuser Had Problems at Club
FreeeRepublic - ACCUSER HAD 'BLACKOUT' DAYS BEFORE ALLEGED RAPE..
More from Yolanda Haynes — The April 6 statement of the person generally described as the accuser's "driver," Jarriel Johnson, occurred in part because the police decided they needed a clearer sense of the accuser's actions in the 48-72 hours before the lacrosse party. The Nifong-led investigation had determined the issue of the accuser's immediate pre-party activities a necessary focus of inquiry. Why, therefore, before seeking indictments, didn't lead investigator Nifong ensure that police interviewed the people who were effectively the accuser's "bosses"--Yolanda Haynes and Fats Thomas?...
The Group of 88's Three-D Response — In the history of American higher education, I cannot think of another example in which such a sizable segment of an institution’s faculty exhibited such reckless disregard for the welfare of their own institution’s students. The rush-to-judgment public denunciation created an image, both in Durham and nationally, that Duke’s own professors believed that a rape occurred—ironically, a few days before the DNA tests that Mike Nifong had promised would “immediately rule out” any innocent people all came back negative....
TalkLeft discussion — 88 cowards, cretins, and charlatans
Durham is NOT an appropriate jury trial venue — The Duke case is so divisive in Durham that jurors would be likely to worry about their own well-being if they voted to acquit. A juror needs to feel free to acquit or to convict in accordance with the facts as presented at trial and the law as instructed by the trial judge, without fear that he or she will be punished by his or her community for doing so. Durham jurors, especially Black Durham jurors, would be subject to pressure to ignore the lack of evidence and the law and vote to convict, hanging the jury amd making the prosecution look credible...
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TalkLeft - Give Nifong credit for believing accuser - Amanda J. Smith
FreeRepublic — SoCal woman sentenced to jail for falsely accusing 6 men of rape
TalkLeft — Re: Justice for Precious?
From the "Wall of Silence" to Community Uproar to a National Story — On March 24 curious news of the Duke Rape Hoax was released to the media. Cpl Addison appeared on WRAL-TV. He also gave interviews to both the Raleigh News & Observer and the Herald-Sun, spreading the accusations and the false claim of the "wall of solidarity" or "wall of silence." Many of his quotes, as reported, were false and inflammatory....
TalkLeft discussion - Early Days of the Hoax: Role of "Activists"
HERALD SUN SHOCKER — Now there’s an editor playing rough with someone who just appears to have given an H-S reporter the kind of pro-Nifong quote Ashley’s been peddling for weeks. What’s changed? Does Ashley think the Feds are coming to town to investigate Nifong and his cronies? Stay tuned. There’s more to be told about this story.
The Johnsville News:
Durham Village Light Your Torches — Durhamites, put on your pancake makeup, practice your stupid human tricks, light your witch burning torches, and send out a casting call for all the local racists. Get ready, the world is coming to Durham.
TalkLeft discussion — Does the Durham establishment REALLY want to see a trial?
Editorial, St. Petersburg Times:
Prosecutor, step down — From every vantage it appears that Nifong grandstanded this tragic case as a way to build voter support in Durham's African-American community....The lives of the three young men accused, Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans, are on hold until their trial next spring. Yet Nifong, the man who has upended their lives, seems increasingly uninterested in the facts of the case....Only an outside, independent prosecutor can bring some sense of fairness to a prosecution that has been terribly mishandled from the beginning.
Ted Vaden, N&O Blog:
Polling, 2 — Research 2000 did the polling for The N&O and WRAL on various races around the country. You'll find there the firm's close-to-correct call on the Durham DA race -- Mike Nifong winning with 49 percent of the vote, compared with 46 percent in the poll.