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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Duke Hoax: Day #211

Geoffrey Fieger

"I don't understand why Nifong has continued this. This is beyond prosecutorial misconduct now. This is somebody who had no business doing what he did and refuses to admit he's wrong. And that promotes disrespect of the law." — criminal defense attorney Geoff Fieger
Updated - Today's items:

Greta Van Susteren, Fox News:
Duke Rape Case Saga — Last night during Shep's "FOX Report" at 7 p.m. ET, I heard him reporting about Yolanda Haynes. She is the former manager of the strip club where the accuser in the Duke Lacrosse rape case worked and was working two nights before she claimed she was raped. I "top lined" Shep — while he was on air — that we had Yolanda booked at 10 p.m. as a guest. So what did Shep do? He immediately promoted this guest for us ("…and she will be on "On the Record," etc., at 10 p.m….") I was grateful to Shep for doing it — Shep is a very good friend of mine and of our show.

Greta Van SusterenThen, as luck would have it, at 8:10 p.m. we got a call from Yolanda and she said she no longer wanted to do our interview. Why? Because apparently the local media had shown up at her house and she was, of course, rattled. I agree — it is not fun to have the media show up at your house, whether it be local or national...
TalkLeft - Greta's reluctant guest

Greta Nov 14th, transcript:
Legal Panel on Duke Rape Case **

The Johnsville News:
Judge 'Oz' Smith the Potted Plant? — Greta Van Susteren spent 10+ minutes discussing the Duke rape hoax, Tuesday night (10 p.m.), on her Fox News show, On The Record. Her guests were Bernie Grimm, Geoff Fieger, Ted Williams, and Pam Bondi....Greta also wondered where the NC state bar was. Will there be any sanctions against Nifong? And what about the judge? Is Judge 'Oz' Smith a potted plant?
TalkLeft (hot topic) discussion - ** GRETA FOX 10:00 EST ** DUKE WITNESS **

Crowley's Full of Hot Air — In an exercise of extreme hypocrisy, Duke University Geology Professor, Thomas Crowley, pens a guest column for the Herald Sun bemoaning the “half baked and half true” opinions of people with no legal qualifications who "don’t know what they are talking about" yet question the validity of the Duke Hoax persecution.
TalkLeft discussion - Crowley's full of hot air

KC Johnson:
Grant Farred's "Phantom" Insights — Over the last seven months, anyone following the lacrosse case has witnessed Duke professors, one after another, making public acts and statements that almost appear divorced from reality, all with the goal of intensifying public condemnation of the lacrosse players.

Provisional votes hold no surprises — Nifong picked up 480 additional votes for 26,596 overall, or 49.2 percent support. Lewis Cheek, whose name was on the ballot but said he wouldn't serve if elected, garnered 327 extra votes to finish with 39.3 percent support, or 21,202 votes. Write-in candidate Steve Monks' share dropped to 11.5 percent after picking up only 42 votes from provisional ballots for a total of 6,235.

Yesterday (11/14):

Tamara Gibbs, abc11tv.com:
Former Co-Worker Talks About Duke LAX Accuser — On March 11th, Haynes says the accuser passed out in the dressing room of the Platinum Club. "She's leaned up against the wall naked with her arms sprawled out." Haynes never saw the alleged victim drink that night. She says it took four people to carry the unconscious dancer to her boyfriend's car. She explains that they dropped the dancer on a gravel parking lot that night. "We dropped her a couple of times just because she was getting heavy."
TalkLeft (hot topic) discussion: "We dropped her a couple of times...

Wendy McElroy, Fox News:
Nifong Re-Elected, Will Duke Rape Case Proceed? ...As it stands, a trial is scheduled in Durham for Spring of 2007. I can only hope that this article is soon rendered irrelevant by a judge who gives Nifong the face-saving ‘out’ of granting a motion to dismiss perhaps one based on the flawed photo ID. Otherwise, the treatment of these young men will continue to cross the line separating prosecution from persecution.

Concerning Collin Finnerty and his family — At Friends of Duke University's website (not affiliated with Duke), I just read a warm, informative and poignant profile of Collin Finnerty and his family: three generations of them. It's Joan Collins’ “Profile in Courage – My Meeting with the Finnertys”

Two “88” classic posts — Johnsville News provides a very valuable service with it’s recent post: "Duke case: The ‘listening’ statement." ...could have been subtitled: "A history and analysis of an irresponsible and exploitive document that a large group of Duke University faculty rushed to sign."...KC Johnson post at Cliopatria: “The Duke 88.” ...I kept asking myself, "Why isn’t the faculty at Duke saying what this guy’s saying?"

St. Pete Times: Drop it, Nifong — Florida’s St. Petersburg Times is the latest newspaper calling on Durham DA Mike Nifong to turn the Duke case over to a special prosecutor who can bring some "sense of fairness to the prosecution."

Michael Gaynor:
"Community Justice" Is Trumping Individual Justice — Many blacks in Durham County, North Carolina apparently believe that instances of the criminal justice system mistreating blacks constitute a good reason to proceed to trial in the Duke case. Perhaps it is unfair to say that they believe two wrongs make a right, but they do see to be caught up in a variation of the eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth approach to criminal justice in which miscarriages of justices involving blacks demand miscarriages of justices involving whites....

Tom Maguire, JustOneMinute:
Another Setback For The Prosecution — The Duke lacrosse debacle continues to swirl down the drain...."Precious" is violent and erratic on the 11th, passes out due to who knows what, and is dropped in the parking lot. Days later, she is "raped" and had the scratches and back pain to prove it. Well, sort of - she was dancing again a few weeks later, and yes, she admitted to mixing Flexeril and beer the night of the lacrosse party.

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DukeMag Video:
Duke Lacrosse Panel (quicktime mov.)

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