What's a more frightening concept: being railroaded by an overzealous, obstinate, politically ambitious district attorney; or having members of your own community applaud him despite overwhelming evidence of both his malfeasance and your innocence?Updated - today's items:
It's hard for me to imagine either of these scenarios, but for lacrosse players Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans, they have been a part of daily life for months.
These three are being condemned by professors and other students, not based on factual evidence or even individual character, but on nebulous accounts of an entire team's history of being less than "angels." - David Kleban, Duke senior
Indicators of False Accusations — a training manual entitled, "Unfounded Cases and False Accusations." Examination of this training manual casts further aspersions on both the validity of the Duke Hoax accuser’s claims and the failure of investigators under the direction of District Attorney Mike Nifong to critically inspect those frail accusations....
discussion - FreeRepublic
The Johnsville News:
Duke Hoax: Statement Analysis, II — There are numerous discrepancies in Ms. Mangum's statement that need to be highlighted...Statement analysis looks at both what is said and not said by an accuser. On both counts Ms. Mangum's statement fails to pass muster as truthful. The bottom line is that since Ms. Mangum's entire written statement is one big lie, it is not surprising that almost every sentence falls apart under close scrutiny. Finally, why hasn't the main stream media fully disclosed Ms. Mangum's written statement and subjected it to expert analysis? Do they care about finding the truth?
discussion - LieStoppers
Proportionality — Most elite colleges and universities offer courses that in some way expose students to the thinking of philosophers such as Immanuel Kant, the Enlightenment theorist known in part for his theories of proportional responses to offenses against the law and ethical mores. Instead of Kantian ethics, the transformation of Duke and Durham into Wonderland has featured grossly disproportionate outrage...
David Kleban, Duke Chronicle:
Innocence and 'innocence' — What's a more frightening concept: being railroaded by an overzealous, obstinate, politically ambitious district attorney; or having members of your own community applaud him despite overwhelming evidence of both his malfeasance and your innocence? It's hard for me to imagine either of these scenarios, but for lacrosse players Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans, they have been a part of daily life for months. These three are being condemned by professors and other students, not based on factual evidence or even individual character, but on nebulous accounts of an entire team's history of being less than "angels."...
discussion - LieStoppers
Disgraced Mike Nifong Re-elected — In my opinion, Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong should have been impeached from office, disbarred for gross negligence, and prosecuted for abuse of power. He blatantly used an obviously fake rape case to further his political ambition, garnering votes within the local black community in North Carolina to win a close election. His opportunistic gambit has cost several young boys their reputations, and has cast a shadow of derision across all students at one of the finest universities in the United States....
Updated - forum topics of note:
Christmas Future (humor) — from some unsorted pages left by Charles Dickens at his death...
New Expose on Nifong (humor) — The pandering continues...
Voices, Quite distinctive... — Did anyone notice how distinctive Collin's voice is? I'd remember it well, I think...
The Short Bus, The Stifle the Righteous Tour — From the back corner of the monster garage, it's the SHORT BUS ! (No offense to Jessie) Gone is the Nifong for D.A. hand painted sign on the side of the 1978 Bluebird ex Durm Head Start bus. Now we find, professionally lettered in it's place by a faithful HS advertiser, "The Stifle the Righteous Tour" Winning the election was not enuf for our agenda burdened travelers. The conviction and execution of the evil Dukies has now become their un-ending quest...
Updated - yesterday (11/27):
Our Collective Voice - A Duke Mom Responds to Stuart Rojstaczer (see comment from Mr. Rojstaczer) — Well, Mr. R., I’m a Duke mom and the ad certainly had an impact on me. I suspect this will sound kind of “right wing,” to you, but, truth be told, Duke at the end of the day is marketing an educational product, an educational experience, if you will, that is quite costly, and actually requires a lifetime of saving and sacrifice by those who end up paying those tuition bills...
LieStoppers discussion - Oh, Boy - retired Duke Prof...
Stuart Rojstaczer, 40 Questions blog:
Back and forth — My piece of a couple days ago, Hot Air Versus Hot Air, drew some reasoned, civil criticism at Liestoppers. There is unreasoned, uncivil criticism elsewhere that I'm not going to respond to. But civil discourse deserves civil discourse and I responded to some in the comments section of Hot Air Versus Hot Air. Here is my response to Liestoppers, which you can also find on their site. Whatever comes after, civil or not, I won't respond to. I need to move on.
Comment: Thank you, Mr. Rojstaczer for moving on. We appreciate your dilettante interest regarding the injustice in Durham. Your hit and run commentary about a very serious matter impacting Duke University and Durham added no value to the conversation, and only confirmed that Duke is better off because, a weenie like you, has retired.
John in Carolina:
DUKE MOM PLUCKS PROF — It wasn't so long ago that Professor Stuart Rojstaczer occupied one of those tenured faculty “roosts” at Duke University. And it was only a day or two ago that Rojstaczer was strutting through the blogoshere gobbling about: "Duke lacrosse [blogs] with a severe right-wing slant [that] state outright that the charges against the lacrosse players are bogus."...Momtothree had him trussed and was plucking her first "Rojstaczer feather"...
Speaking of Hot Air... — It’s difficult to understand how Rojstaczer can recognize the tragedy that has befallen the Duke Three, suggest that Duke owes them an apology, and yet approve of the listening ad that contributed greatly to the false impression that the defendants were guilty of contributing to the racial divide that has been used as an excuse to promote, enable and justify their false prosecution.
John in Carolina:
"Faculty Survivors" (Nov. 27) — Last week's “Faculty Survivors” show featured Duke Professor Thomas J. Crowley who offered Hoax Case “items” he said people had overlooked...BUT DON’T TOUCH THAT REMOTE. I want you to meet the newest member of our “Faculty Survivors” cast, blogger and former Duke Professor Stuart Rojstaczer...
Cash Michaels: No "major crime" evidence against Duke Three — Let each reader decide for himself or herself whether North Carolina journalist Cash Michaels is, or I am, a misleader, deliberate or otherwise, based upon evidence. Set forth below is the information a reader needs to make his or her own judgment as to whether Mr. Michaels, who has taken pains not to express his personal opinion on the validity of the charges in the Duke case when covering it for America's Black Press, slipped up when he went online trolling for racists...
LieStoppers discussion - * Cash stoops Low *, How low can you go?
LieStoppers - Cash gets it right
John in Carolina:
About DA Mike Knifing — Random House’s Unabridged Dictionary defines knifing as "to attempt to defeat or undermine in a secret or underhanded way." And in Wilmington Journal columnist Cash Michaels’ most recent column (online) we find...Mike Knifing...
E.V. Hoffman letter to Herald-Sun:
Civics lesson needed — In a Nov. 19 column, a Duke co-ed named Shadee Malaklou writes, "I assure Mr. Cheshire that these men are not innocent..." and "... it is just as unethical for Cheshire to present his defendant, David Evans, or his lacrosse friends as innocent victims..."... I pray Malaklou's parents are the only ones paying for her education, and I pray they have lots of money to waste.
The Bar's Lax Ethical Standards? — But even if it is somewhat more likely the Bar will act against Nifong than it has in other recent cases of prosecutorial misconduct, the record of the Gell and Honeycutt cases renders dubious the N&O editorial board’s breezy assertions that we can count on the Bar to do the right thing, to such an extent that the general public and editorialists should look away from Nifong’s misconduct.
LieStoppers discussion - Will Nifong be disciplined by the state bar?
Mike, Crime & Federalism blog:
NC State Bar to Law Students: Ethics are Optional