Updated - today's items:
(America's) Rabbi Aryeh Spero, HumanEvents.com:
Where's the ACLU to Defend the Duke Lacrosse Players? — If ever there was a case screaming for the assistance of the ACLU on behalf of defendants suffering denial of their civil rights and the need to go after a prosecutor abusing his power, the Duke lacrosse case is it. Yet the ACLU remains silent...
As to the ACLU specifically, it has long been obvious that they do not look at civil rights as an absolute and neutral edifice to be applied across-the-board but a selective tool to be used in behalf of their agenda to topple mainstream and historic America. The last people the ACLU wishes to defend are white, middle class, young Christian men from Garden City, N.Y., an enclave of mostly Catholic Republicans. That is the very American template they have sought over the last fifty years to destroy...
The ACLU is anti-American and hateful of what we cherish. The only thing American about it is that it operates in America and uses the American system to destroy historic America. The Islamists and their cohorts are doing the same thing. Birds of a feather.
related: Pirate's Cove - Where's the ACLU?
Geoff Metcalf, ChronWatch.com:
Abuse of Power in the Duke Lacrosse 'Rape' Case — Abuse of power under the color of authority is the most heinous, reprehensible act a person in authority can display. I’ve tried to avoid comment on the Duke University Lacrosse team scandal but this now begs attention...As if the Los Angeles-O.J-trial-goat-rope didn’t do enough harm to the public confidence in the rule of law, this bush league Machiavellian wannabe [Nifong] manufactured a case out of whole cloth to buy some headlines and ink...Abuse of power under the color of authority should be elevated to at least felony level, regardless of whether it occurs in the highest or lowest levels of officialdom.
Joseph E. Kennedy, Associate Professor of Law, UNC Law School:
Editorial, News & Observer - Why the D.A. should be off the case — Whether the defendants in the Duke lacrosse case are guilty or innocent, Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong should disqualify himself, or be disqualified, from the case...A prosecutor also has an obligation under the U.S. Constitution and under N.C. Rule of Professional Conduct 3.8 to disclose to the defense evidence which tends to suggest the innocence of a defendant -- including evidence that calls the credibility of a state witness into question. DNA results showing the absence of DNA material from the accused and the presence of DNA material from other men goes to the credibility of the accuser's account and therefore needs to be disclosed...
John in Carolina: Law Prof: Nifong has "conflict of interest"LieStoppers:
John Steele, Legal Ethics Forum: UNC law professor calls for Nifong's disqualification — But I cannot agree with this comment by Professor Kennedy, "Disqualifying Nifong from the case should not be interpreted as a victory for the defense or as a defeat for the accuser." It would be an enormous victory for the defense....
FreeRepublic: Why the D.A. should be off the case
LieStoppers forum: Why DA should be off the case
Intercepted Holiday Greeting #5 (humor)
Nifong's Triple Crown — he finds himself the recipient of three unique honors noting his exemplary cowardic, deficiency in ethics, and plummeting reputation...
Statement from DNASI— DNA Security, Inc. has issued a statement defending their DNA testing procedure, report, and compliance with discovery laws. A review of the statement reveals that Dr. Brian Meehan's lab is in full blown damage control mode as he attempts to shift responsibility from himself to his client, District Attorney Mike Nifong...
related:Editorial, Wilmington Star:
DNA Security, Inc. Statement re: the Duke Lacrosse Case Tests, Dec. 19, 2006
LieStoppers forum: Statement from DNASI
DNASI May 12 Report
Add another DA to the sorry list — It's hard to keep track of the North Carolina district attorneys who cheat, break the law and trample the truth in a rush to get convictions - not to mention publicity for their next political campaign...
LieStoppers forum: Add another DA to the sorry listMike McNew letter to
Paper got it wrong — So, the truth is finally coming out? District Attorney Mike Nifong essentially "wrote" the DNA report so that exculpatory evidence would remain hidden. The more I read about this case and this paper's coverage of it, the more it becomes apparent that, at end, your editors and Nifong will be the only ones caught with their pants down...
John Steele, Legal Ethics Forum:
Top Ten Legal Ethics Stories of 2006 — #4 Mike Nifong’s prosecution of the Duke lacrosse players generated ethics controversies.
The Kingston Free Press:
LaRoque discusses district attorney Nifong with Fox News - State Rep. Stephen LaRoque has joined U.S. Congressman Walter Jones in calling for the investigation of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong... LaRoque, who represents the 10th House District, was expected to appear last night on Fox News channel’s “On the Record,” with Greta VanSusteren, to discuss his belief that state law should be changed to allow the Legislature to investigate charges of malfeasance by district attorneys. Currently, the N.C. Bar Association — or a superior court judge — conducts such investigations...“The prosecutor seems to have put his own political aspirations ahead of justice for these three young men who appear to have been falsely accused,” LaRoque said.
related: TalkLeft — NC Legislator Seeks Law to Prosecute D.A.'s Like NifongKC Johnson:
Nifong: DNA "Excludes" (Except When It Doesn't) — “DNA results,” said Mike Nifong on April 11, “can often be helpful, but, you know, I’ve been doing this for a long time, and most of the years I’ve been doing this, we didn’t have DNA. We had to deal with sexual assault cases the good old-fashioned way. Witnesses got on the stand and told what happened to them.”...The Nifong motto: In 2000, the DNA excludes; in 2006, exclude the DNA.
related: LieStoppers (10/9): How does DNA exonerate you?Yesterday (12/20):
John in Carolina:
Ashley didn’t learn — post by retired NC journalist Bob Wilson. Bob was editorial pages editor of The Durham Herald Sun in the pre-Paxton/Ashley days when the H-S was a respected community newspaper.
Reading the defense motion for change of venue in the Duke lacrosse debacle reminded me that not every editor and newspaper learned “the Sheppard lesson.”John in Carolina:
In pages filled with vivid examples of biased coverage and editorializing, the defense motion lays out The Herald Sun’s willfully distorted portrayal of David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann as rich, privileged white-boy miscreants who deserve a good thumping at the hands of District Attorney Mike Nifong...
Is WRAL mocking Brodhead? — A congressman from the political right is requesting a Justice Department investigation of a DA's conduct and a law professor from the political left looks at that same conduct and says it “needs to be investigated.” Those are powerful blows to Nifong and "his case," regardless of what Durham Herald Sun editor Bob Ashley and community activist Victoria Peterson might tell us...