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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Editorials Against Nifong

Here is an ever-growing list of the newspaper editorials critical of Durham DA Mike Nifong and his prosecution of the Duke lacrosse case. The largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States, The New York Times, probably has until February 5th to decide if it wants to add its timid voice to the chorus.

E. W. Scripps Co.(media conglomerate)/ScrippsNews.com(Cincinnati, Ohio) Jan. 9, 2007:
Nifong should face prosecution — as well as quitting the case, [Nifong] should resign, and face criminal prosecution.

The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC ) Jan. 8, 2007:
Nifong Has Caused Enough Damage — Mike Nifong needs to step away from the Duke lacrosse case before he brings any more shame on himself, North Carolina and the law.

Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Jan. 6, 2007 :
Just a rotten case — Durham, N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong has so badly managed the matter that he must recuse himself...it's time for an outside party to evaluate the prosecution's case.

Pittsburg Tribune-Review, Jan. 6, 2007:
The Duke case: Nifong's irony — The condign irony is that while Nifong conspired to get three young men and win an election, he may have gotten himself.

The News-Herald (Northeast Ohio) Jan. 6, 2007:
N.C. district attorney fumbles Duke case — That [Nifong] hasn't dropped all charges defies logic, and the whole sordid tale raises serious questions about his integrity.

The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN) Jan. 2, 2007:
Keep your eyes on the attorneys (editorial briefs) - On the prosecutorial side, the North Carolina bar has filed ethics charges against Mike Nifong, the district attorney who has behaved so outrageously in the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case, continuing to press the case despite the obvious lack of a case, saying scurrilous things about the defendants to the press and withholding crucial evidence from the defense. The punishment could range from admonishment to disbarment, the latter being far preferable if he can’t actually be thrown in jail.

Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado) Jan. 2, 2007:
North Carolina's out-of-control DA — North Carolina officials might not be able to correct all the injustices perpetrated by Durham District Attorney Michael Nifong. But at least they can make this rogue prosecutor pay for his abuse of the law.

The Times-Reporter (Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio) Dec. 31, 2006 :
A botched case — we think it would be in the best interest of everyone involved in the case if Nifong would recuse himself and another prosecutor was named in his place...

The Washington Post (sixth largest newspaper in US by circulation), Dec. 30, 2006:
Prosecutorial Indiscretion — It's been clear for months that Mr. Nifong's case -- to the extent he has a case -- is riddled with flaws that raise serious questions about his motives and ethics...

News & Observer (Raleigh-Durham, NC) Dec. 30, 2006:
Removal time — Given serious N.C. State Bar accusations against Durham's D.A., he should remove himself from the Duke lacrosse case.

The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ) Dec. 30, 2006:
The prosecutor is guilty — Nifong's conduct is particularly reprehensible because prosecutors are supposed to put justice first -- not winning re-election...

The San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 30, 2006:
Time for Duke spotlight to shift to NifongSeligmann – had an airtight alibi. But still Nifong proceeded. He simply didn't care. This isn't just bad judgment. It's a shocking abuse of power...it is also despicable in its raw demagoguery. All this is why we look forward to the Durham DA having his own day in court.

New York Daily News, Dec. 29, 2006:
The Duke Three should go free — It has become plainly obvious that a gross miscarriage of justice has been perpetrated against the three Duke University lacrosse players...Yes, there was a crime here. And Nifong committed it.

Wilmington Morning Star (NC) Dec. 28, 2006 :
Disgraceful Nifong should depart — Mike Nifong has demonstrated that he is not ethically or professionally fit to prosecute a littering case, much less the sexual assault case involving three Duke lacrosse players...But he owes them more: his resignation.

Wilmington Morning Star (NC) Jan 4, 2007:
Durham should be ashamed! — After hiding from the public while he took the oath of office, Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong explained something: "The problem" isn't him. "The problem" is Durham.

The Pittsburg Morning Sun/Topeka Capital-Journal(subscription), Kansas, Jan. 3, 2007:
Duke case - No justice — District attorney seems to be falling apart along with his case against lacrosse players...Nifong's credibility is in tatters, and we doubt most folks in Durham believe him capable at this point of seeing that justice is done.

The Decatur Daily (Alabama) Dec. 28, 2006:
Prosecutor needs to re-evaluate Duke case — It is time Mr. Nifong re-evaluated his case. His misguided effort to perform in the spotlight is backfiring, and none of those involved will benefit from his performance.

USA Today - widest newspaper circulation in US (2.25 million), McLean, VA, Dec. 27, 2006:
As Duke rape case unravels, focus turns to prosecutor — Nifong's performance raises so many troubling questions that it's time for the North Carolina Bar Association to investigate and for Nifong to step back from the case. If he won't go voluntarily, a judge should replace him.

Washington Times, Dec. 27, 2006:
The Duke Case — District Attorney Michael Nifong is losing more than supporters these days. He's losing a case and, if he's not careful, potentially his career.

The Deleware County Times (Pennsylvania) Dec. 26, 2006:
Duke case no model for American justice — The case is a mess and has been for months even before Nifong opened himself up to legal charges of prosecutorial misconduct...Mike Nifong has shown by his actions and behavior during this case he is everything that a prosecutor should not be.

Los Angeles Times (second-largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States, after The New York Times), Dec. 26, 2006:
Dropping charges at Duke — What is clear is that Nifong, whose election campaign for a full term overlapped with the investigation, lost control of his tongue and participated in the transformation of this incident from a case into a cause — usually an ominous development for the administration of justice...

The Charlotte Observer (NC), Dec. 23, 2006:
Investigate the investigation — It's time for an investigation of the investigation by the prosecution.

News-Record (Greensboro, NC), Dec. 23, 2006:
Nifong begins retreat from Duke rape case — The "Duke lacrosse rape case" has received national media attention, created friction within the Durham community and damaged the image of a fine university. Now it's not a rape case at all. Nifong had no choice but to drop those charges, and he soon may have to give up the others. It's too bad he didn't handle this case more responsibly from the start.

News & Observer, Dec. 20, 2006:
Shaky case — Nifong has enjoyed the benefit of the doubt from many members of the public over this case. But the more information that comes to light, the more questionable his conduct and judgment appear.

St. Petersburg Times (Florida), Nov. 13, 2006:
Prosecutor, step down — Only an outside, independent prosecutor can bring some sense of fairness to a prosecution that has been terribly mishandled from the beginning.
three young men and win an election, he may have gotten himself.

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