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Saturday, February 3, 2007

Duke/Nifong Hoax: Day #291

Today's items:

Friends of Duke University:
Questions and answers on the Walk of Support — We hope you are all aware that a Walk of Support, organized by Concerned Duke Mothers and Duke Students for and Ethical Durham (DSED), is scheduled for 11am tomorrow morning. The purpose of the walk is to show support to Dave Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann, the three falsely accused defendants of the lacrosse case. Below is the latest update on the logistics of the Walk. We present the update in the form of questions and answers...

LieStoppers forum: Duke Lacrosse Moms Plan Support Walk, and Vicki P sez she may show up
KC Johnson: Duke Walk Info
John in Carolina: Tomorrow’s Walk of Support information

Duke Lacrosse Moms Plan Support Walk (with video) (2/2) — A group of Duke lacrosse mothers are planning a demonstration in Durham for Sunday. They're walking from the Durham courthouse to the Duke lacrosse field to show their support for the three players indicted in the sexual assault scandal. This group is made up of mothers, Durham citizens and Duke students. They say the walk of support, planned for Sunday morning, is a positive thing. But what's planned as a peaceful protest could quickly become controversial. The Duke lacrosse case has come to mean a lot to people at Duke, in Durham, and across the country. Beth Brewer, a Durham citizen captivated by the case, says she is outraged over recent developments.

"And I am just appalled with what is going on with our justice system," Brewer said. "It's changed my view as a juror. Can I believe prosecutors now? And that's the shame of what's going on." Brewer along with other like-minded members of the Durham community and mothers of several Duke lacrosse players are planning to walk this Sunday at 11 a.m. from the Durham court house to the Duke lacrosse field in support of Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans...
Jason Trumpbour,spokesperson, Friends of Duke Univ.:
Where we stand with the legal case — we are no where near the end of the road. Keep in mind that Nifong did not give up the case because he wanted to finally put an end to this farce. If he did want to put an end to it, he could have simply found some pretext to dismiss the case as he did with the rape charges. He can evidently get the alleged victim to say whatever he needs her to say at any given moment. No, Nifong wants this case to continue for the same personal and partial reasons that have always motivated him. And he has a lot of local politicians and activists egging him on behind the scenes. In a rare moment of self awareness, he simply realized that he was no longer capable of doing the job himself. He knew that he was going to be recused from the case by the judge had he stayed on. The same conflicts of interest created by his bar troubles would probably prevent him from turning the case over to anyone else in his office so long as he remains there. Nifong left the case on Roy Cooper’s doorstep in hopes that Cooper would adopt it as his own. Pinned to the blanket was the alleged victim’s pronouncement that she wanted to continue with the case...

Mike EasleyBenjamin Niolet and Joseph Neff, News & Observer:
Easley: Nifong broke his word — The governor called the Durham DA his worst appointment. He said Nifong promised not to run for a full term - Gov. Mike Easley said last month that picking Mike Nifong to be Durham's district attorney was the worst appointment of his career, and he said Nifong broke his promise not to run for the office. Easley told law students in New York that Nifong's decision to seek office in last fall's election almost prompted him to consider yanking Nifong from office.

"I almost un-appointed him when he decided to run," Easley said. "I rate that as probably the poorest appointment that I've," the governor trailed off before adding "I've made some good ones." Easley, a former prosecutor, was speaking at New York University on Jan. 22 about public service. After the speech, someone in the audience asked him to rate Nifong's performance in the controversial sexual assault investigation against three former Duke University lacrosse players.

The governor said Nifong had done a poor job...
Easley: Nifong 'Poorest Appointment' Made by Governor — Former prosecutor Dan Boyce said Easley's comments were "very unusual" but not inappropriate. Boyce said the most interesting part of the statement would be that it could prompt the State Bar to call Easley as a witness for its case. Easley's statements prompt new questions about Nifong's motivation in regards to the Duke case.

"What the State Bar could look to is the real motivations that Mr. Nifong had in making the public statements," Boyce said. "Was he doing it for his own personal or political gain, or was he doing it for his own financial gain?"

LieStoppers forum: Gov. Easley admits he is unhappy with Nifong
KC Johnson (see comments): Easley: Nifong My Worst Appointment
FreeRepublic: Easley: Nifong broke his word
TalkLeft: Gov. Easley says Nifong worse appointment he made
Editorial - Andrew Gioia, The Cornell American:
Lifestyles of the Rich and White — Despite all of the obvious wealth, status, power, and privilege these men hold, however, they still remain charged for kidnapping and sexual offense—apparently all it takes is one woman crying rape and a maniac district attorney to cancel out all of that whiteness. For almost a year now, every time I thought the Duke lacrosse case couldn’t get any more ridiculous it consistently proved me wrong. From the very first false accusations of rape and kidnapping thrown at members of the team, the only things to come out of it have been trumped up race issues and shameless dishonesty, and all at the expense of three men who happened to be white...

No matter how disturbed Mangum is or how far deep she and Nifong have gotten themselves, they deserve to be punished fully for their false accusations...

Paul R. Hollrah, TheConservativeVoice.com:
Racial Atrocities - Old and New — At one point, shortly after the indictments were handed down, Nifong publicly compared the case to a “cross-burning,” saying, “The contempt that was shown for the victim, based on her race, was totally abhorrent. It adds another layer of reprehensibleness to a crime that (was) already reprehensible.” Nifong must now answer to charges of having violated the state bar’s ethics requirements, one of which is to “refrain from making extrajudicial comments that have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accused,” – exactly what Nifong was trying to do. In a bygone era, Democrats used violence and threats of violence to insure the black vote; today they’ve become adept at insuring the black vote through dishonesty and deception… playing the “race card” from the bottom of the deck at every opportunity. Either way, it all amounts to racial atrocity...

Michael Gaynor:
Duke Case: A Tale of Two Women — Stefanie Williams proves you don't have to be conservative to realize that the charges in the Duke case are wicked...Amanda Marcotte proves that (1) the forces intent on reviling the Duke Three, their teammates and lacrosse players generally--regardless of the facts--have not given up and (2) Ms. Marcotte is John Edwards' kind of person...

Forum topics of note:
LieStoppers: CLAKKI LIVES !!, Trial Monday! — “Cousin Jakki” a.k.a. Clyde Lee Yancey is going on trial Monday for assault...
Wake County: District Criminal Court Calendar — 52 YANCEY, JACKIE ASSAULT INFLICT SERIOUS INJ(M) SAUTANA, JL 06CR 077734
LieStoppers: Freda Black...what's the beef? — I always saw it as Nifong firing her for her higher status in the ADA pecking order. She had just come off a great case (Peterson) and won accolades for her effort. To a narcissist like Nifong, that was a major rub to the ego. Second, he couldn't afford to lose his 3 years, and since he had fired her after being appointed, he knew he had to win the election to make his pension. Ya, it's always about the money too.
OutsideReport blog: Freda Black Made Him Do It: Explaining Nifong's Actions
TalkLeft: How to Dismiss the Kidnapping Charges in 3 Easy Steps!
Fans Support Team's Return — 1st Scrimmage Since Canceled Season — The Duke Lacrosse team was back on the field Saturday, and it was a welcomed site for fans although thoughts of the upcoming trial was on people's minds...

In addition to watching the game, some fans made it clear they're standing behind the accused players. That show of support is expected to continue Sunday with a walk of support at the Durham County Courthouse. "We just want to have closure and have justice served whatever and hopefully everything works out," said a fan. "We're happy for the team right now. We just want them to enjoy their season." Duke took on the Greensboro College in the scrimmage and no score was kept.

KC Johnson:
Cast of Characters — The Central Player - D.A. Mike Nifong... Academic Rogues... Lawyers... The Heroes... The Demagogues... The Zanies...

Jack FordDuke University:
Court TV Anchor Jack Ford to Discuss Media Coverage of Duke Lacrosse Case on Feb. 7 (2/2) — Jack Ford, a senior anchor on Court TV, will discuss the media’s coverage of the ongoing Duke lacrosse case and other high-profile cases on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Duke Law School.

Sponsored by the Program in Public Law, the discussion will begin at 12:15 p.m. in room 3041 of Duke Law School, located at Towerview Road and Science Drive on Duke’s West Campus. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Bryan Center. A light lunch will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Ford is the co-anchor of Court TV’s daily trial program, “Banfield & Ford: Courtside.” ...
comment: Did they just say "free" and "lunch"... shhh... don't tell Cash "in the bag" Michaels, Steve Monks, and Victoria Peterson.
John in Carolina:
NR: Duke's 88 tries life support — An editorial comment found in National Review's Feb.12, 2007 print edition. (not available on line) — When the Duke lacrosse story broke, it immediately became a rallying cry for “social justice.” The rape of a poor black woman by three privileged white men was a perfect propaganda piece for the Left: a jarring metaphor of racial, social, and economic exploitation. But now the case has crumbled... At Duke, however, a faculty group is working desperately to keep the corpse from growing cold...

The Daily Kos (very popular liberal/democrat blog):
The Edwards-Marcotte Fiasco — WOW! Where's the presumption of innocence Amanda? Can you at least type the word "alleged"? -- A snapshot of her post. or a goggle cache --

And the reason its in google cache is because Amanda has shredded the original post and all negative comments to her regarding the post. Senator Edwards, Amanda deserves a chance to explain her post (and her deletion of the post) however you really need to address this. Or you are going to be defending yourself endlessly.
Tom Watson blog:
Woman, Know Thy Place — Thus, when noted blogger feminist Amanda Marcotte was dinged for her admittedly knee-jerk reaction to reports about the Duke case, the online gotcha moment in the last day or so (she was hired by the Edwards campaign to lead its blogging efforts, and so became an instant target) immediately led within nanoseconds to hate speech on the right-wing RedState blog ...

KC Johnson: More on Marcotte — The Marcotte appointment generated widespread, enthusiastic praise among the left-leaning blogosphere before word of her lacrosse statements came to light...

Jon Ham, JohnLocke.org:
Edwards going for the nutroots — John Edwards has hired foul-mouthed lib-lefty anti-war blogger Amanda Marcotte as his blogmaster. She says she will be moving to Chapel Hill, where she should feel right at home, it being a lefty college town and all...I notice, though, that she didn't drop any F-bombs, as was her wont when she was blogging for the nutroots and not for a presidential candidate. It's going to be hard for Edwards to sell himself as some kind of centrist while hiring the most wacky of the nutroot fringes to be on his campaign staff...

admin note: The hoax days are counted from April 18th, when Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann were wrongly arrested.

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