"It was Mike Nifong's mouth-at least as much as Durham's racial or socioeconomic tensions-that blew this case out of proportion." - Kristin ButlerToday's items:
Fridays with Kristin — With remarkable courage, diligent research, and a straightforward approach, Ms. Butler, a Duke University junior, shoots from the hip and speaks from the heart. While we see “professionals” like Bob Ashley and John Stevenson meekly kowtowing to DA Nifong, this brave young woman stands tall while taking on the District Attorney and the University’s administration.
"Counselor" Crowley Hangs His Shingle — Demonstrating a Nifongesque ability to adapt new facts to fit old, discredited theories, the resident legal expert of Duke’s earth systems science department, Thomas Crowley, has launched an aggressive e-mail campaign to defend his widely ridiculed Herald-Sun op-ed...
TalkLeft - Final results of DA race: Nifong - 26,606 votes, or 49.5% support
TalkLeft - Another 60 Minutes Segment...
Kristin Butler, Duke Chronicle:
With all deliberate speed - There are many, many reasons to be depressed about last week's election. But one, in particular, stands out: not many of us voted. According to preliminary data from the Board of Elections, turnout in Durham's precinct 5-which serves students from West and Central campuses-was the second lowest in the county, with just 18 percent of registered voters casting ballots. In precinct 2, which encompasses East Campus, the turnout was only 23 percent....
John in Carolina:
Duke faculty duties — Dear Professor Holloway: ...your statements and article say almost nothing about your duties as a Duke faculty member. Nor do they say anything about what you, as a faculty representative on President Brodhead’s Campus Cultural Initiative committee, see as your faculty colleagues’ duties....
The truth about a pre-trial motion to dismiss — Judge Smith should determine that the manner in which each of the Duke Three came to be identified was flagrantly unconstitutional and it cannot be said that they were not irreparably prejudiced under the circumstances, so the indictments against them must be dismissed....
Brodhead's Morning Briefing
related: John in Carolina - A poem for Brodhead
Prosecutors Gone Wild
da's Pots & Pans
The Archer Pelican blog, spawned several interesting comments:
"He Believed Her" -- Opinion from Amanda Smith
Michael F. Kiely (Department Of Justice Attorney) comment — I am a litigator, which I strongly suspect Amanda J. Mackay Smith is not. As such, I can unequivocally say that any "experienced litigator" must always have a healthy degree of skepticism about any type of case, whether it be criminal or civil, regardless of whom he is representing. One can not fall in love with a case, certainly not in the initial stages. This is particularly true of rape cases, which, accroding to the Department of Justice, are false roughly 25% of the time....The Johnsville News:
Joel Elliott, comment — When, oh when, are we going to stop talking about the LAX party 'egregious' behavior? What is so outlandish about that evening? Calling an escort service and hiring strippers?...So why does anybody give a damn that these guys hired strippers?...
TalkLeft (hot topic) discusssion - ....Strippers, Race, and the "N" Word
Durham's Darkside — Rhonda Flemming has been writing about her brother's [murder] case at Websleuths.com. She tells a sad story of incompetence and "massive corruption" in Durham law enforcement. It sounds all too familiar...."The WHOLE system is a quagmire of incompetence, and corruption!"...
Understanding SANE, V — To the extent that the run-up and aftermath of the election distracted attention from the details of the case, we’ve all missed out on a series of first-rate posts by Kathleen Eckelt at Forensic Talk. Eckelt, it’s worth remembering, was way ahead of the curve in using her professional experience to cast doubt upon the medical evidence in this case. At a time when Duff Wilson of the New York Times was suggesting that the medical evidence was quite strong, Eckelt was maintaining the opposite...
TalkLeft discussion - Understanding SANE (Part V) Is Precious really a student?
Understanding SANE, IV
Understanding SANE, III
Understanding SANE, II