All the Mike Nifong voters and the ethically challenged, who support him, need to be careful what they wish for, because your wish might become your nightmare.
A trial, a trial, that is the chant of the villagers in Durham. Salem, Mass. heard the same chant over three hundred years ago. The chant of the ethically challenged villagers is some variation of the principle that the railroading of three innocent men should be undone in a village court.
Steve Ford, News & Observer:
Oft repeated comments:
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.
We have trials to settle such things, and we insist that matters of guilt or innocence be decided according to very specific rules meant to safeguard the rights of both accusers and defendants. What we don't do in this country is decide the merit of criminal charges at the polls.
"What is wrong with you people? Tell me, why do you not want this case to be decided in a courtroom? Are you afraid? If the boys are innocent, there should be no problem...right???This is a pathetic variation of the "two wrongs will make everything right" argument. Mike Nifong manufactured a case out of nothing for financial and political gain, the first wrong. This hoax should then be stretched out into a trial so the first wrong has time to ripen, rot, and stink up the entire North Carolina justice system, that is the second wrong.
Let a trial take place, for pete's sake!
Allowing a little bit of corruption in the NC criminal justice system is like allowing a small gas leak. It will end very badly.
The name and reputation of Durham is now on the road to becoming an international joke, a Letterman and Leno punchline, a snarky metaphor for corruption and gross injustice. Being called a Durhamite will take on a whole new meaning, and it will not be pretty.
America and the world, you can forget Andy, Opie, Aunt Bea, and Mayberry when thinking of North Carolina. The new branding campaign for Durham and the State of North Carolina will be spearheaded by Mike Nifong, Gottlieb, Mangum, Roberts, and crew. Wally's Filling Station, where Gomer and Goober worked is gone, instead we will be hanging out in the gravel parking lot of the Platinum club, seedy hotel rooms, and inside "entertainer" transport vehicles.
Do you remember the Dancing Itos from the OJ Simpson trial? That might seem very tame after the cast of characters that has just been performing a local theater of the absurd is thrown into the national spotlight for several months. How will lying hoax master Mike Nifong perform when the pressure is on? Will Nifong suddenly become civil, or will 28-years of his mean, traffic court bully, sarcastic behaviour shine through?
A circus trial did not define a city like LA. However, Durham might not be not be so lucky. It could be a long time before anyone proudly proclaims they're from Durham. Especially, after a North Carolina dream team of defense lawyers and the international media makes Nifong and the Durham police department look utterly foolish and corrupt. For Durham, it will be guilt by association.
This case is being followed in other countries. How many international press passes will they allow into the Durham Courthouse?
What kind of host city will Durham, aka "Gangland of the Carolina's," be to an international media contingent? The international media to start with, as they say, does not have a dog in this fight. But, which dog do you think will become their focus? The evil lying corrupt and newly elected Durham district attorney, or three clearly innocent young men? What story makes better copy in a world that is questioning America's moral leadership?
How do you say hoax in following languages?
Chinese:International reporters will be seeking to find an interesting angle and using Durhamites to express extreme opinions about the trial. And you thought Borat made fun of Americans. Durham is now inviting a contingent of wanna-be Borat's to watch a Borat trial in a Borat courthouse. The New Black Panthers can serve as honor guard and ushers to help everyone find their seats. Victoria Peterson can hold a press conference on the courthouse steps after every day's proceedings. If not her, someone will find a Durhamite to do their best Baghdad Bob impression for the cameras. Forget the Cameron Crazies, you will have just plain crazies for the cameras. There will be a new entry in the dictionary under laughingstock: see Durham.
It takes a corrupt village to charge, try, and then burn witches. A voracious 24-7 international news cycle will take delightful notice of the circus trial in Durham village. Durham's corrupted system of law and order will now put on a show in the big top.
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.
Break a leg.