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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Duke/Nifong/Cooper+63 Hoax

Updated - today's items:



John Stevenson, Herald-Sun:
State cites lacrosse case cooperation — The state Attorney General's Office denied an ABC News report Friday that the accuser in the Duke lacrosse case was not cooperating with special prosecutors.

Quite the contrary, Roy Cooper said through a spokeswoman. "In discussions with our attorneys, the accuser has been cooperative in answering questions and providing information," Cooper was quoted as saying.

He also said more discussions are scheduled with the woman, but gave no details on when or where they might occur. It was a significant revelation.

If the woman didn't cooperate, it likely would sound the death knell for a case that has rocked the community and brought enormous national publicity to Durham, lawyers and professors said Friday. . .
discussion:
TalkLeft: AG Refutes ABC's Claim

related:
WRAL: Cooper: Lacrosse Accuser 'Cooperative' — Also Friday, Nifong filed a brief to support his request that the State Bar complaint be dismissed. He cited various cases to support his claims that he complied with legal rules in turning over evidence, and he argued that he wasn't required to turn over notes from conversations.


WRAL: Brief in Support of Defendant's Motion to Dismiss [15 pages]
related:
KC Johnson: Nifong's Flailing Response — Mike Nifong’s attorneys filed a new brief yesterday urging the dismissal of some of the ethics charges against him. If this is the best case his attorneys can offer, the D.A.’s chances of keeping his license would seem very slim. . .

discussion:
LieStoppers forum: Nifong files a brief...


Michael Gustafson, Duke engr. professor, Blog of Convenience:
A Year To Remember — Duke's Towerview Magazine — which came out just before break and thus just before my brain went into "OBX" mode (where it still, blessedly, resides for the next 24 hours) - had several articles on the hoax and the various offshoots of it.

What I continue to read is the complete lack of balance my some of my colleagues give to this case, and a seeming lack of understanding that many people are angry that they looked past the ramifications of having, eventually, three of our students under indictment for incredibly serious crimes. I am still at a loss how some folks that signed the ad do not understand how it contributed to the persecution of our students - whatever the intent of the ad may have been, the actual impact coupled with the early-morning protests, the horrific Vigilante and CrimeStoppers posters, and the spectacular media coverage to make it nearly impossible for our students to feel safe or to feel they could get justice. Beyond that, by tying the quotes in the ad to the case - and they are tied, by timing and by thanking the protesters and by "what happened to that woman" - people now feel justified in diminishing the truth in the quotes as the case falls apart. . .
Friends of Duke University:
Independent Women's Forum (3/16): What Went Wrong at Duke? [video, .wmv]
discussion:
LieStoppers forum: IWF Forum - What Went Wrong at Duke?, I was able to go


Jon Ham, JohnLocke.org/Right Angles blog:
Duke lacrosse jumps the shark — The Duke lacrosse case’s notoriety has really jumped the shark. I was just watching a DVR’d version of the show MXC on the Spike cable network. That’s the wacky Japanese game show which features dubbed American voices replacing the samurai-warrior frocked hosts, Kenny Blankenship and Vic Romano...I’m headed over to Chapel Hill in about 20 minutes to watch the Devils play UNC. Go Duke!
related:
GoDuke.com: Blue Devils Rally For 9-7 Win Over No. 13 North Carolina
LieStoppers forum: Duke vs. North Carolina, LAX Match March 1

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