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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Duke Hoax: Day #231

I was on the fence early in this case. What convinced me the guys were innocent was the "no sex, no rape" defense and the vehement comments by defense attorneys that there would be no plea bargains. Since pleading a case seems to be the MO in Durham (and elsewhere), their insistence about no deals was telling, even before all that we have learned since then. - sceptical
Updated - today's item's:

KC Johnson:
How "Separate-but-Equal" Justice Works (see comments) — Two crimes—one real, one alleged—exemplify how the “separate-but-equal” justice system established by Mike Nifong works...

Nifong on Defense — In an article this weekend, the News and Observer details some of the many complaints filed against District Attorney Mike Nifong and his public attempts to begin his defense against those complaints...Nifong attempted to invent a non-existent distinction between pre and post indictment as if he was not bound by ethics rules...

Adam Eaglin, Duke Chronicle:
Steel says dual role not issue — When Robert Steel, chair of Duke's Board of Trustees, was sworn in as undersecretary of the treasury for domestic finance Oct. 10, he accepted one of the highest-ranking financial positions in Washington. Since his appointment, however, a number of Washington commentators have begun to raise concerns about the potential conflict of interest in Steel's roles at Duke and in the capial....

Forum topics of note:

Greta on Nifong 12/4, GRETA VAN SUSSTEREN — Greta on Fox had Susannah Meadows/ Newsweek and then Woody Vann on her program tonight to discuss the Duke case. Susannah seems to have changed her tune....

Yesterday (12/4):

Dr. Mary Johnson, Dr.J's HouseCalls:
Nifong's Woes: Evidence Of Bigger Problems In Law And Medicine — He may have won re-election handily, but in taking a hooker/dancer/whatever's word against three Duke boys (charged with gang-rape), embattled Durham DA, Mike Nifong has made some enemies....

Kathleen Eckelt, Forensics Talk (12/3):
Behavioral and Statement Analysis II — Statement Analysis is a very useful interviewing technique for detecting deception on the part of either the suspect or the victim. It's the process of examining a person's words to see exactly what they're saying. It's based on the principle that people do not lie. Most people want to tell the truth. Even liars will tell a partial truth. It's easier to tell a partial truth than to completely fabricate a statement. They just won't tell the whole truth...

Statement analysis requires that the investigator obtain the suspect's own words, unaltered and uninfluenced by the investigator. Suspects can either write their statements or dictate them to someone else (Hess 1997).
TJN: Statement Analysis, II

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