Mike Nifong says he messed up. But, he thinks his royal screwing of the judicial pooch doesn't make him a bad DA. What? Earth to Mike, Earth to Mike you are a walking talking poster boy for prosecutorial misconduct and criminal malpractice. If you were in Japan you would be obligated to place your guts on the scale held by the Lady of Justice. In this country you get to stonewall for over four months and then on a get away Friday in the middle of summer offer up a half-assed mea culpa for a fraction of your offense. That really stinks and is par for the course, Mr. Mike "slime bucket" Nifong.
"My handling of the media coverage of this case has occasioned substantial criticism, some of which is undoubtedly justified," Nifong said during a half-hour press conference. "I both underestimated the level of media attention this case would draw and misjudged the effect that my words would have. That having been said, this case remains a Durham problem and it demands a Durham solution."
Nifong said the election should be based on his 28-year career, not just the Duke lacrosse rape case.
"I understand someone is calling this the 'Anybody but Nifong' election, and I guess that goes with the territory," he said.
La Shawn Barber's take on Nifong's Friday press conference:
In my lay opinion, he’s lying. While Nifong may be sorry now for not keeping his mouth shut then, I don’t believe for one second that he “underestimated” or “misjudged” anything. He manipulated left-leaning and jaded journalists to great effect...La Shawn Barber is a polite lady.
It might be “mean-spirited” to say this, but I don’t like him.
John in Carolina follows up the Charlotte Observer's editorial saying it's time for a special prosecutor.
admin note: TJN will be a little slow and punchy while recovering from a bike versus car encounter this past weekend. The car won, TJN lost. The brain damage was minor and it will be hard flying for awhile with one wing. God bless bike helmets.
Nifong Admits Some Criticism Justified [wral, July 28, 2006]
Durham DA: Shoulda Kept My Mouth Shut [La Shawn Barber, July 31, 2006]
Charlotte Observer says "a special prosecutor" [John In Carolina, July 31, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Case [TJN Archives]