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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Duke/Nifong/Cooper+68 days Hoax

Updated - today's items:

Tamara Gibbs, ABC11-TV/WTVD:
Heightened Anticipation of Duke LAX Decision — From anonymous tips phoned into Triangle newsrooms to website postings, the public anticipation of a decision on the Duke Lacrosse case appears to have reached a fever pitch. The Attorney General's Office has confirmed its investigation would wrap up soon.

Today FOX News is reporting sources close to the case say an announcement to dismiss charges against all three former players will be made Friday. However, Attorney General Roy Cooper's office is refuting that claim.

"We don't expect to make an announcement tomorrow," said Spokeswoman Noelle Talley. "Our review of the case, including reviewing documents and conducting interviews, is continuing." ...

WRAL: Duke Lacrosse Investigation Ongoing, Despite Reports — Reports that charges would be dropped this week in the sexual assault case against three former Duke lacrosse players are inaccurate, a representative for the North Carolina Attorney General's Office said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Noelle Talley said special prosecutors are still gathering facts and that they do not anticipate any announcement regarding the investigation this week...
Liza Porteus, Fox News:
Report: All Charges Against Duke Lacrosse Players to Be Dropped Soon — The remaining charges against three Duke University lacrosse players originally indicted for rape may be dropped sometime within the next few days, according to a report.

Inside Lacrosse Magazine writer Paul Caulfield told FOX News on Thursday that several sources have revealed to him that the assault and attempted kidnapping charges still pending against Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y.; Dave Evans, 23, of Bethesda, Md.; and Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Falls, N.J., will soon be dropped.

Caulfield said his sources include more than just attorneys for the defense...

Prof. John F. Banzhaf III, GWU/FODU:
Duke Lacrosse Charges May Be Dropped Friday — Given what is known about the case and the evidence, there is no way prosecutors in good conscience can continue the proceeding. The special prosecutors' prompt dismissal of all further charges may help to refurbish the image of North Carolina justice so tarnished by Nifong that it was the butt of jokes, cartoons, and skits...
LieStoppers forum: "We're poor and black . . . .", CM's family says charges to be dropped — Megyn Kendall of Fox News is reporting that she spoke to the Accuser's family today, and they told her that the Accuser wants the case to be over with, and that they expect charges to be dropped soon...

LieStoppers forum: Fox Reporting Now...., All charges will be dropped by Friday! — Paul Caulfield w/Lacrosse Weekly was just on with Megan Kelly and he told her that he was hearing from his "sources" that all charges could be dismissed as early as tomorrow. Said two weeks ago that he thought it would be sometime this month. Now says "in the next couple of days, possibly tomorrow".

FreeRepublic: REPORT: All charges may be dropped...

TalkLeft: Fox News: Remaining Charges Against Players Will Be Dropped In Coming Days
William L. Anderson, LewRockwell.com:
Fiat justicia ruat colelum: An Open Letter to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper — Mr. Cooper, I must say that was a most interesting photo-op you had at the former lacrosse house in Durham recently. No doubt, your exercise of measuring something with a tape measure with special prosecutors James Coman and Mary Winstead raised a number of eyebrows, as did your statement that the accuser in the Duke case, Crystal Gail Mangum, was "fully cooperating" with your office.

Whatever the level of cooperation Mangum might have given you, she is not cooperating in the way she should be doing: by telling you the truth. However, given that a large number of people in this case – all on the prosecution side, mind you – have not been telling the truth, why should we expect anything more from Crystal, whose "fantastic lies" started this whole affair? ...

Let me repeat that phrase, which I had in the title of this article: "fiat justicia ruat colelum" – let justice be done though the heavens may fall...
TalkLeft: Open Letter to Cooper, by William Anderson
Setrakian Stands By Claim, Accuser Not Cooperating — Amid rampant rumors that the special prosecutors from the North Carolina Attorney General's office concluded their investigation prior to meeting with defense attorneys again yesterday, Lara Setrakian of ABC News reaffirmed here sourced claim that Crystal Mangum has refused to detail her story for the prosecutors who replaced Defendant Nifong in January. In advance of an announcement expected this week or next from NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, Setrakian offers additional clues to what direction Cooper's decision may take.

Last week, Setrakian broke an exclusive story revealing that Crystal Mangum was not cooperating with the North Carolina Attorney General’s special prosecutors...

In her effort to make amends for her previous article, Setrakian turns the final three fourths of this piece over to Fairstein who rips Nifong’s misdeeds while questioning his motives and challenging the veracity of the accuser...
discussion continues:
KC Johnson: Fairstein Indicts Nifong

LieStoppers forum: New ABC Story Shreds Case, Top Lawyers: Case Weak
[rumor du jour, ver. 1.0]
Duke Alum and Parent — I've heard from very reliable sources that the cases will be dropped one at a time with only a few days between each dismissal. The Duke lacrosse families expect this to happen within the next few days. Then let the law suits begin!!!!
TalkLeft: ABC panel says case too weak to proceed
Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. and Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Washington Post:
Rethinking the NAACP — The resignation of Bruce S. Gordon as president and chief executive of the NAACP this month portends an important and long overdue shift in black America's struggle for racial justice.

Gordon resigned after only 19 months because he disagreed with the NAACP's board on the best focus for the historic civil rights group. Gordon wanted to direct more resources toward social service programs such as wealth-building, tutoring and pregnancy counseling. The board wanted to maintain its traditional emphasis on fighting racial discrimination and advocating for social justice.

No matter where one stands in this debate, Gordon's resignation signals a critical impasse. The civil rights old guard, represented by the board, seems stuck in a 1960s mind-set that expects a particular form of response from black America -- pushing for government action to remedy the effects of discrimination. This type of response was popular, successful and necessary during the civil rights movement and, in some cases, remains a powerful form of redress...
TJN: R.I.P. NAACP 1909 - 2006 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or NAACP is dead and someone forgot to write the obituary. No, you say? Then demonstrate proof of life. Name something notable or significant that the NAACP has done in the last 5 years? In the last 10 years? Or in the last 15 years? ...

The NAACP logo includes the scales of justice. It is another anachronism of an organization that lost its moral compass and died as it tried to find a way to survive in the 21st century. Writing the obituary of the NAACP will be one lasting legacy of the Duke lacrosse case.
A Cave forum a/k/a TalkLeft hoax enaber seeks new line of work----------
KC Johnson:
A Starn Special — John in Carolina has two superb posts detailing the agenda behind Orin Starn’s Friday conference, for which Duke forked over $2500 to host. Starn himself, who sports an academic expertise in Latin American culture, appears to have personal motives for organizing the conference: he seeks to reconcile his politically correct principles with the fact that he’s a golfer, a sport generally associated with white male elitism.

Displaying a nuance that he’s never offered when discussing lacrosse—a sport that he doesn’t play—Starn contended, in a 2006 essay, that “any black-and-white view of golf’s political incorrectness misses the multiple, sometimes unexpected layers of history, experience, and involvement that make the sport something more than just another form of conspicuous consumption.” ...

Translation: sports perceived as upper-class in which Starn participates have multiple layers of history. Sports perceived as upper-class in which he doesn’t should be purged from the University....

To sum up: Orin Starn has managed to invite to his conference three figures [Farred, Roberts, and Omar] who unapologetically savaged the character of three different groups of Duke students.
Debrah Correll, Chapel Hill, letter to N&O:
Duke's Standards — After the unprofessional antics exhibited by Duke's now-infamous Gang of 88 professors this past year, the standards have nowhere to go but up.
Michael Gaynor:
Duke case: The end of Nifong's "reign of terror" is in sight — Durham County, North Carolina Michael B, Nifong's "reign of terror" has not included improvised explosive devices or the guillotine, but it has been horrendous, especially for the members of the 2005-2006 Duke University Men's Lacrosse Team and their families and friends and the good people of Durham County who expect and deserve a district attorney who will strive to be a fair and objective minister of justice instead of a pathetic political opportunist who will play the race card, pander to the worst instincts of people and pervert the criminal justice system for his own purposes.

The good news is that the end of that "reign of terror" is nearing.

The bad news is that it happened and was not stopped long ago: putting an end to it has been sickeningly slow.
Duke Basketball Report:
Latest on the Nifong Case — In Mike Nifong’s ethics case, the state bar has given itself until April 15 to identify its expert witnesses; Nifong gets until May 1. The hearing itself is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on June 12 and will continue “until completed.”Michael J. Gaynor, who regularly writes about the legal issues in the case, makes several references to our recent article on Nifong and points out some errors and also sort of shows us where to go to get better information next time, which is nice since we alway get lost in the library. We appreciate both efforts.
Anne Blythe, News & Observer:
Nifong case to be heard in June — District Attorney Mike Nifong is scheduled to go before the N.C. State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission on June 12.

F. Lane Williamson, chairman of the commission that will sit as judge in the Nifong case, issued a schedule Wednesday...
Crown Family Gift Supports Financial Aid and Summer Fellowships at Duke — The Crown family of Chicago has contributed $5 million to Duke University to support scholarships and summer fellowships for undergraduate students, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead announced Wednesday.

The gift will provide $4 million in endowment for need-based undergraduate scholarships, $750,000 in endowment for undergraduate summer fellowships and $250,000 in endowment for athletic scholarships...
Keith Hahn, SuperMogul.com:
Crown family decides Yankees not evil enough, gives money to Duke lacrosse — The reason the Crown family gave some cash to Duke to support leadership initiatives (someone had to call the strippers, drug them, delegate penetration times/intervals, Lucy Gao style) was due to prodigal Crown son Keat’s participation on the Duke lacrosse team. Yes, his name is Keat.

It is easy to see why Keat is so devoted to Duke lacrosse. Keat didn’t play much his first three years of college, then became a starter and captain of the team his senior year, only to tear his ACL in the first game of the season.

Keat did escape from the 106th floor of the South tower during the 9/11 attacks (although we can’t tell if pulled a George Castanza while escaping). We will concede that the story is pretty badass (Keat apparently suffered broken bones and lacerations during his descent).

Delores Williams, AssociatedContent.com:
Is the Duke Rape Case the Kobe Bryant in Reverse? — It is striking the similarities of the Duke Case and the Kobe Bryant case, just a reversal of the color of the alleged victim. Both cases are high profile because of the accused; with Duke as the Ivy League school, and Kobe Bryant as the star basketball player in Los Angeles. Let's take it one item at a time.

The women willingly went to the place where the rape occurred...Both women have a history of mental problems, drug and alcohol history...Both women lied when convenient to make themselves more like victims...
comment: No rape occured at Duke or in Colorado. There was no consensual sex at Duke. But the part about these two women lying in order to make themselves out to be victims is correct.

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