Updated - today's items:
Lettter by Kim Brummell (Oxford, NC), Herald-Sun:
Nifong owes accuser, community an apology — How many people still have faith in the justice system? There are probably not too many, given all the major blows dealt to the Duke lacrosse case over the past several months. The ability of the people involved in making laws, carrying them out and imposing punishment, have many citizens leery....The chance that the alleged victim in the lacrosse case will be able to exercise her freedom of speech and tell her version of events in a courtroom, is very doubtful. If the State Attorney General's Office dismisses the case, vindication won't be decided in a court of law like it should.
Nifong owes the alleged victim, his supporters and all who voted for him a public apology for his missteps in this case. Chances are slim that will ever happen.
The attorney general gives some a little hope that both sides will be able to present their case. But how much can you really do with a case riddled with bullet holes? Usually it's dead.
related:Gary L. Wright, McClatchy Newspapers/San Jose Mercury News:
Citizens' Committee Co-Chair to Nifong: Apologize — Kim Brummell, Mike Nifong's former citizens' committee co-chair, penned a scathing letter in today's H-S....
LieStoppers forum: Nifong's Co-Chair Calls For Him to Apologize, Kim Brummell in Herald-Sun
Friends of Duke Univ.: Brummell — she is saying there was a crime; she and all the supporters of the accused were right but that Nifong bungled up the case, so nothing may come of it. Classic! This is what we expected these types to say when it is all said and done...
Question and answer with attorney Jim Cooney on Duke case — Charlotte lawyer Jim Cooney is handling the highest-profile case of his career: defending one of three Duke lacrosse players charged with sexually assaulting an exotic dancer hired to perform as a stripper at a team party last March.
Do you think we'll ever know what happened during the team party on March 13, 2006?
I feel very confident that we know what happened. I am also confident that there are certain people who will never believe the facts of this case because it does not fit their view of the case or their personal agendas. The simple truth, as the facts show, is that there was no rape, no sex offense and no kidnapping.
What do you make of the tensions of race and gender that this case has exposed in Durham?
I think many of these tensions pre-existed this case. Perhaps one of the great tragedies of this case is that the African American community in Durham has historically been one of the most vibrant, prosperous and successful communities in this state, even during the height of segregation. The success and resiliency of that community has been lost in the media frenzy surrounding this case. Regrettably, these cases were hijacked by individuals who had an agenda that had nothing to do with Durham, these defendants or justice...Cooney interview also published in Charlotte-Observer:
Duke case lawyer: Try to imagine the pain - Defender for 1 of the accused players talks about impact on family...
discussion:John in Carolina:
FreeRepublic: Try to imagine the pain
Even better now — Last September I posted: “Duke lacrosse: Lots of good posts.” I said a few words about and linked to posts by the usual suspects – Durham-in-Wonderland, Johnsville News and Liestoppers. I did the same with posts by Bill Anderson (It’s the classic “Duke’s Reichstag Fire."), Mike Gaynor, and Melanie Sill at the Editors’ Blog who was attempting to explain away the N&O's inadequate reporting on DPD Sgt. Mark Gottlieb's very troubling treatment of Duke students. I re-read those posts this morning. The passing of time has left them better now than in September....
Sylvia Adcock, Washington Post:
New Prosecution Team Takes on Duke Case — Lawyers Examine Evidence Amid Media Glare — Six boxes and two file folders were transferred to the state attorney general's office near Capital Square here last week, and with them comes a shift in a case that has transfixed the nation. The boxes and files contain the sum total of evidence against three former Duke University lacrosse players charged with sexually assaulting an escort service dancer at an off-campus team party last spring. In the recent months, the actions of the previous prosecutor, Durham District Attorney Michael B. Nifong, have taken center stage. But now that Nifong has asked to be relieved while he faced charges from the North Carolina Bar Association, including withholding evidence from defense lawyers, the focus of the case shifts to state Attorney General Roy Cooper and the two prosecutors he has chosen to evaluate the evidence...
Ned Barnett, News & Observer:
Lacrosse returns to Duke — Nearly a year after the Duke men's lacrosse season was cut short amid a maelstrom of sordid accusations and national publicity, the team emerged Friday for the first practice of a new season. It was, in most ways, a normal start. Players raced through drills, filling the air with balls and shouts on a sunny January day that hinted at the spring to come. But there were signs that no Duke season -- lacrosse or otherwise -- had ever started like the one that opened Friday afternoon. From the sidelines, a gaggle of television cameras and reporters watched. Players were animated, but self-conscious. The two team captains were designated to speak to the media."There's more media attention. That's a given," co-captain Ed Douglas said of the changes this season...
related:William L. Anderson:
Guy Loranger, Herald-Sun:
Duke lacrosse team gears up — The Blue Devils, who won an NCAA record 17 games and reached the NCAA title match in 2005, return six preseason All-Americans and 34 lettermen from a team that went 6-2 in 2006 before Duke President Richard Brodhead suspended the season. They are No. 4 in Lacrosse Magazine's preseason rankings.
Danowski said he was impressed by his team's offseason performance, saying that 88 percent of the squad posted a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and that the team performed a combined 515 hours of community service....
The Trials of the Edenton Seven, or How Joseph Goebbels Became the Standard for North Carolina Justice — While the Duke non-rape, non-kidnapping, and non-sexual assault case continues to dominate the "justice" system of the State of North Carolina, it hardly is the first wrongful prosecution to have happened there. Given that charges almost certainly will be dropped against Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans, the results will not be as tragic as they have been for other people there who not only have been wrongfully prosecuted, but also wrongfully convicted and imprisoned...
Joseph Goebbels, who was the Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda for the National Socialist regime under Adolph Hitler....actually developed his techniques from what Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf, in which Hitler declared that the bigger the lie, the more credibility it would have...
Friends of Duke Petition — Friends of Duke has started a petition endorsing the Economics Department’s open letter backing President Brodhead’s demand for an examination of Mike Nifong’s conduct and welcoming all students, including student-athletes, into their classes.More than 600 people have signed the petition to date. Here are some of the most thoughtful comments...
Forum topics of note:
LieStoppers: John Feinstein On Jim Rome Show, A Disaster Waiting To Happen? - Duke alum and author John Feinstein was on as a guest yesterday and spoke about the LAX case....To paraphrase a quote of his on the entire Hoax: "There are no good guys in this situation."Yesterday (1/26):
LieStoppers: Genarlow Wilson's Story, Injustice in Georgia?
TalkLeft: Cash Michaels - the story and cause of Genarlow Wilson
Duke Lacrosse Team Returns to Practice Field (video) — Lacrosse returned to the Duke University campus Friday, as the men's team opened practice for the 2007 season after its last season was canceled amid a sexual assault investigation.
Duke President Richard Brodhead ended the nationally ranked team's season last April, following disclosure that a lacrosse player sent an e-mail in which he threatened to kill and mutilate strippers...
The lacrosse team opens its season at home Feb. 24 against Dartmouth College.
Duke lacrosse players open practice for 2007 season — John Danowski said Friday he and his players briefly discussed wearing the accused players' numbers on their helmets in a show of support. He said players are looking forward to focusing on lacrosse. "You know, one of the things I said to them today is you don't have to prove anything to anybody. Just come out here and play," he said...
Opinion - Alton H. Maddox Jr.
New York Amsterdam News:
150 Years after Dred Scott (1/25) — Three Duke University lacrosse players will be able to walk away from charges of kidnapping and sexual abuse of a Black female because white politicians used their clout to interfere with the administration of justice in a state prosecution.
The suspects include three members of Congress Walter B. Jones, Peter King and Carolyn McCarthy. These members of Congress claim that Durham District Attorney Michael Nifong is violating the civil rights of three white, privileged students. Is this naked racism and an abuse of power? They fail to claim, however, that Nifong abused the grand jury.
Nifong has had to relieve himself of his prosecutorial duties to defend a disciplinary complaint made by the North Carolina State Bar while the Congressional Black Caucus has buried its head in the sand. Given the fact that prosecutorial discretion is not reviewable and prosecutors enjoy qualified immunity, these ethics charges are suspect....Disciplinary charges are routinely conducted in kangaroo proceedings. Nifong is in an uphill fight.
comment: The good news is that Nifong is not accused of abusing the grand jury system (yet). The bad news - Nifong will face a "kangaroo" proceeding. Things don't look good. Will Mr. Maddox or any of Nifong's supporters start a defense fund for Mike Nifong and contribute their own money?Kelly McBride, poynter.org (school for journalists):
AllahPundit, Hotair.com blog: Disbarred, disgraced, race-baiting moron defends Nifong — I wanted the headline to be “…defends other disbarred, disgraced, race-baiting moron,” but we’ll have to wait until the disciplinary hearing to see about that first part.It’s Alton Maddox, co-perpetrator with Al Sharpton of the Tawana Brawley rape hoax that temporarily poisoned race relations in New York City and around the country...
Duke Lacrosse Case: Should We Name the Accuser? (1/24) — As events continue to unfold in the Duke Lacrosse case, newsrooms are struggling with a recurring dilemma -- whether to name or not name the accuser.As the criminal case against the Duke lacrosse players falters, a number of journalists are asking if, or when, their newsrooms should publish or broadcast the name of the woman at the center of the story.
Although several Web sites have named the woman, to date no mainstream publications have done so. It has helped some journalists to envision a continuum of circumstances involving news stories about sexual assault allegations. In doing so, journalists become familiar with the justifications for naming and not naming, as well as the possible impact on certain stakeholders in the audience.
The following scenarios include a variety of circumstances that could lead journalists to different decisions. As with all challenges of ethical decision-making, the naming question is best addressed by considering three main principles:
- reporting the truth as fully as possible
- remaining independent
- minimizing harm
comment: Ms. Mangum's identification was revealed in court documents that are public information. Wikipedia the internet encyclopedia started a bio page for her back in June. What is the final straw that will allow the MSM to finally identify her?Jeff Taylor, Reason.com:
TJN: Verifying the Identification of Crystal Gail Mangum
TJN: Identifying the Accuser Debate — The Johnsville News identified the alleged victim of the Duke Lacrosse Rape case on April 21, 2006. Her name is Crystal Gail Mangum. No "reputable" news organization has identified her to date....
Situation Normal, All Nifonged Up (1/24) — The other shoe -- a rather large hob-nailed boot, in fact -- has fallen on Durham DA Mike Nifong in the form of additional North Carolina State Bar charges. A complaint filed this morning charges that Nifong withheld DNA evidence from the defense and then lied about it in court. A more serious charge is hard to imagine.
At the same time, Nifong's personal fix-it man in the Duke lacrosse rape case, investigator/gospel singer Linwood Wilson -- the TV movie is so gonna rock -- has to be wondering what this all means for him....The upshot is we've moved squarely into the realm of a conspiracy to hijack the criminal justice system and use it against three innocent men. It is great that the State Bar has finally moved itself to act against one of its own. However, actual justice may demand that criminal charges be filed shortly after the remaining charges against the lacrosse players are dropped by the special prosecutor...
AP/WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN:
Woman to be charged after making false rape claims (1/19) — Authorities in Connecticut plan to file charges against a white woman who admitted making up a story about being raped by a black man in a Hartford park. Police initially said they would not prosecute the woman. But after black leaders complained that she had perpetuated a dangerous stereotype, police changed their mind. An arrest warrant has been issued for the woman on charges of making a false report. That is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison...
LieStoppers forum: Arrest Warrant for Woman over False Rape, after pressure from black leaders