Updated - today's items:
Benjamin Niolet & Joseph Neff, News & Observer:
Early defender of Duke lacrosse players dies — Kirk Osborn, a prominent Chapel Hill lawyer who was an early outspoken defender of the Duke University lacrosse players, died this morning of a heart attack, his wife said today.
Osborn suffered a massive heart attack on Friday, said Tania Osborn, his wife. He died at 12:47 a.m. today....
Most recently, Osborn was an attorney for Reade Seligmann, 21, who with two other lacrosse players are charged with sexually assaulting an escort service dancer hired to perform for a Duke lacrosse team party in March. Osborn was aggressive early with his defense. He filed a motion seeking to have Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong removed from the case, accusing the prosecutor of going after the lacrosse players to win votes.
Osborn's court filings announced to the world that despite Nifong's assurances that a rape occurred, Seligmann had phone records, receipts, security camera images and a cab driver that would show he was almost a mile away when the woman said he was participating in her rape.
Seligmann's alibi, which Nifong protested proved nothing, helped convince many that the allegations against Seligmann, Dave Evans, 23, and Collin Finnerty, 20, were untrue....
Kirk Osborn — The Seligmann family released the following statement:
We are heartbroken over the death of Kirk Osborn... We will be forever grateful to Kirk and will never forget what he has done for us.
Duke case: You won, Kirk Osborn — 'Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.'
AP/MSNBC: Lead Duke lacrosse defense attorney dies
LieStoppers forum: Kirk Osborn Dies of Heart Attack
FreeRepublic: Kirk Osborn
TalkLeft: Sad news concerning Kirk Osborn
TJN: The Defense Team
comment: Kirk Osborn's publication of the defense motions on his website at KirkOsborn.com is what allowed the public to look inside the Duke case and witness this injustice firsthand as it was being perpetrated by Mike Nifong and company.
Duke University Calls for an Attitude Adjustment — Even before the lacrosse team put Duke in the national spotlight, the school had something of a reputation for an untamed party scene. There's a cliche on campus that Duke students "work hard and play hard," attending rigorous classes by day, but spending nights and weekends obsessed with sports and parties.
In reality, it's debatable whether Duke's parties are wilder than those at other colleges, and it's clear that not all students attend them. Still, the reputation worries campus leaders — especially after the lacrosse party, where students drank, hired strippers, and, according to Duke officials, used racial slurs...
Released last month, the committee's report is drawing a mixed response. On a campus that's grown weary of what's referred to here as "the lacrosse incident," many people are skeptical about the proposed changes.
Comment: "A lie repeated a hundred times becomes the truth." - Chairman Mao
Dennis Draughon, EditorialCartoonists.com:
Nifong's Bar Tab
Sunday Roundup — Barack Obama, "Nifong Bill," shoddy journalism by NY Times, Selena Roberts lies, special prosecutors, ...
Obama Supports Call For Federal Nifong Inquiry — In response to a letter from an industrious Blog Hooligan, Senator Barack Obama, a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination, has indicated that he supports the call for a US Department of Justice inquiry into allegations of civil rights violations committed by Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong in his persecution of the three innocent victims of his hijacked Hoax.
Senator Obama said:
Rep. Jones asked the Attorney General to review new evidence that Mr. Nifong withehld exculpatory DNA results from the defendants in order to determine if his conduct has illegally denied the students their civil rights as U.S. citizens under federal law. This independent inquiry is needed, and I will be following its progress closely."discussion:
LieStoppers forum: Obama Supports Jones' Call For DOJ Probe, "Independent Inquiry is Needed": Letter
Duke lacrosse: Bigots with big vocabularies — From the very beginning of the case there were those who tried to use the events in Durham in the same way that racist websites use crimes committed by minorities. Both use sensational headlines to drive home their ideological point...
At Duke, a criminal investigation became the launching pad for hundreds of sociological animadversions...
Selena Roberts just does not know when to fold. She helps make my point with her latest pathetic and hateful column on the Duke case...
Lacrosse dismissal won't mean all is forgotten — What happens if all charges are sacked? There is a tendency to conflate the alleged crime at the Duke lacrosse team kegger on March 13, 2006, with the irrefutable culture of misogyny, racial animus and athlete entitlement that went unrestrained that night.
Some readers argue no one would have known about the lacrosse team's misogyny bash last year if not for the initial rape charges by the hired dancer.
True, but that's how we often discover what goes on behind the curtains: by a botched break-in, through a door left ajar...
LieStoppers forum comment: Selena Roberts demonstrates that she is an agenda-driven fool....Not a word about an attempt to frame three innocent young men for a crime that Nifong knew had never occcurred. Despicable.
Still Reason for Hope — most lawyers could review even the most complicated of cases in a few weeks, so one wonders what the hold up is. Good prosecutors, which group apparently does not include Mike Nifong, have a duty when the case goes as seriously south as this one has, to dismiss the charges as soon as possible. The stink of this dog of a case seems to be spreading past Duke U. and the Durham police and the district attorney's office into the soul of the North Carolina justice system. That's not so good.
Re: KC Johnson’s “More CrimeStoppers” (Part 1) —? The problem with what Addison, and now, according to Russ, DPD did with the production and distribution of the CS “Wanted” poster has little or nothing to do with overzealousness.
It has to do with the false claim an “horrific crime” had been committed at the Duke lacrosse March 13 party when the evidence DPD had a the time overwhelmingly indicated it hadn't. It has to do with claims innocent citizens were libeled...
Duke case: Diana doesn't get it — I have asserted that the Duke case is a Democrat scandal, because it is, and that you don't have to be conservative to appreciate that members of the 2005-2006 Duke University Men's Lacrosse Team were persecuted by the prosecution and the media, but it helps.
I have given full credit to liberals like MSNBC's Dan Abrams, lifelong Democrats like Brooklyn College History Professor (and Obama supporter) Robert K.C. Johnson and independent centrist (and Obama supporter) Stuart Taylor, Jr. for following the facts in the Duke case, and criticized the Bush Justice Department under Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for not investigating the deprivation of the due process and equal protection rights of... — Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans...
The Dog Ate My Legal Obligations — the best reading I've done all day. It's the North Carolina State Bar's rejection of Mike Nifong's motion to dismiss the ethics charges filed against him by the Bar...Beautiful! Nifong may well be going to jail over this - and I, for one, sincerely hope he does.