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Monday, March 12, 2007

Duke/Nifong Hoax: Day #327

Updated - today's items:

Sports Illustrated 'Legal Expert'

Lester Munson, Legal Expert — In a recent post entitled "The Sports Reporters," Professor KC Johnson highlighted the pathetic coverage of the Hoax by Lester Munson, legal “expert” for Sports Illustrated. . . Curiously, Sports Illustrated prefaces several articles by touting Munson as:

“legal expert Lester Munson, who is closely following the case involving members of the Duke lacrosse team”

This introduction mistakenly gives the impression that Mr. Munson is a legal expert and is aware of the revealed facts of the case. It seems, however, neither impression is true. . .

After his admittance to the Illinois State Bar in 1976 and practicing law for 13 years, it appears Munson, facing multiple charges of misconduct occurring during a time he was already on probation by the Ilinois Bar, voluntarily agreed to discontinue practicing law. As a mitigating factor in his misconduct, Munson pointed to his alcoholism. . .

it is amazing that Sports Illustrated's so-called legal “expert” is one whose ethical lapses led him to stop practicing law in order to lessen the consequences of his misdeeds. Considering that the Disciplinary Commission found Munson engaged in conduct “involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation,” it is no surprise that his coverage of the Hoax has been equally distorted.

Robert H. 'Bob'Dean - Director of Duke PoliceDean Sue Wasiolek - Dean of students John in Carolina:
Addison Series # 5 – “Major Duke Involvement" — Since May 2006 I’ve been trying to find out who the Durham CrimeStoppers Board of Directors were on March 28, 2006 when Durham Police Cpl. David Addison, assigned as Durham CrimeStoppers’ (CS) Coordinator, released to DPD substations, media and others the text of the false and inflammatory CS Duke lacrosse “Wanted” poster.

I wanted to know who the CS board members were because Addison’s DPD supervisor, Maj. Lee Russ, told me when Addison issued the “Wanted” poster he wasn’t acting as a DPD officer; Addison was, according to Russ, acting under a blanket authority the CS board gave him to issue CS posters at his discretion. . .

Dean of students Sue Wasiolek and police director Bob Dean are arguably the two Duke administrators most responsible for student safety.

That either or both may have had CS board involvement during or around the time the "Wanted" poster circulated on campus and elsewhere should be cause for outrage.

Duke trustee chair Robert Steel needs to ask dean Wasiolek and police director Dean to explain their involvement with Durham CrimeStoppers and what, if anything, they did once they learned the "Wanted" poster was out there and endangering students and others in the community.

This is not a time to be playing games or stonewalling for members of "the Brodhead team."
LieStoppers forum: CrimeStoppers

Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune:
Loyola of Maryland sticks it to No. 1 Duke in lacrosse final — The Duke lacrosse team won't enjoy the first No. 1 national ranking in school history for long. Loyola of Maryland goalkeeper Alex Petty helped see to that.

The Greyhounds stormed Petty on the field to celebrate an 8-7 victory over Duke in the third annual First 4 Invitational last night before 5,132 at USD's Torero Stadium. Seconds earlier, he made the last of his 12 saves to close out an incredible finish that included back-to-back Loyola goals 35 seconds apart in the final 1:13 of play. . .

KC Johnson:
Sunday Review — Prof. A.G. Rud, LieStoppers hot topics, Campus Culture Initiative, Group of 88, Durham Police Chief Steve Chalmers, and Group of 88 double standards.
A.G. Rud, Purdue Univ. prof., Moo2 blog:
The Culture of Violence and Privilege Behind the Duke Lacrosse Case (see comments) - It is just the latest, most egregious, and shameful example of young privileged men behaving badly, how elemental urges (bonding like organized crime) take over at an elite liberal arts environment that is fragile and impotent to prevent such. . .
comment on Rud blog: What a tard you are. Young men hired a stripper. . . And you pin a Goodfellas label on them? The victims are the young men handcuffed and put on a perp walk all so a gutless DA could buy some black votes.

I admire you for one thing though. You dont let facts get in the way of your jaundiced world view. . .

Another “knowingly false statement[s] of material fact made in connection with a disciplinary matter” — After falsely stating in his January 16 letter to the bar that he only met with Dr. Brian Meehan on two occasions, he extends his misrepresentations to include a denial of any other communication with his co-conspirator.
"My only other communication with Dr. Meehan involving this case occurred after received defendants' December 13 motion. I faxed a copy of the motion (without attachments) to Dr. Meehan on the same day and then called him on December 14, to find out whether he would be available to testify on December 15. I did not discuss the subject matter of the motion with him at any time prior to his testimony."
In his court testimony on December 15, Dr. Meehan clearly indicates, under oath, that he did have additional communication with Defendant Nifong, specifically multiple telephone conversations. . .

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