Updated - today's items:
Andrew Beach, Duke Chronicle:
Politicians urge broader investigation of Nifong -- Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said recently he endorses a federal investigation of Nifong, which several other politicians, including Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., have already requested.
Duke Law Professor Thomas Metzloff, said, however, it is probably rash to call for a national investigation at this point in the Bar's proceedings.
"The question of whether or not we should have an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office, I think, is a bit premature at this point," Metzloff said. He added that it is important for the State Bar to hear both sides of the case before a decision is made and further investigation requested...
Metzloff said, however, that politicians do play an important role in representing their constituents and commenting on aspects of the justice system.
"That's their job, and I don't think it's inappropriate for politicians to ask these kinds of questions at all," Metzloff said...
March 28, 2006 -- One year ago yesterday, March 28, 2006, the Hoax kicked into high gear, galvanized by multiple deceptions put forth by Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong and the Durham Police Department. These deceptions were soon seconded and widely disseminated by local and national media. Looking back twelve months later, it seems important to again note how significant this day was in the history of the Hoax. What occurred that day was fueled by deceit from individuals holding positions of public trust and propelled by a media believed to be serving as watchdogs, who abandoned their journalistic responsibility in favor of a marketable story.
The deceptions of March 28, 2006, inflamed the community, while providing temporary cover for the absence of DNA and other evidence. The multiple misrepresentations from the day Nifong sold his soul included: the release of the 911 tapes (under the false pretext that the identity of the caller was unknown and was someone in addition to the two dancers who attended the lacrosse party), the start of Durham Police Corporal David Addison’s “horrific” CrimeStoppers e-mail newsgroup fiesta, the creation and distribution of the civil-suit-inviting Durham Police Department Wanted flyer, the start of the “DNA is a junk science” campaign (in apparent response to that day’s SBI testing, which failed to reveal the presence of any semen, blood, or saliva in the rape kit), and the continuation of the Wall of Silence Hoax begun by Hoax Spokesman David Addison the previous weekend...
Remembering the Good, I -- In the aftermath of DIW’s version of March Madness (the worst of op-eds; Duke faculty publications; “news” articles; and soundbites), I had a request to remember the best work of the case. Today focuses on the media outside of the Duke campus; tomorrow’s post will look at the best from the campus along with the best from the political realm. In this category, one figure is of towering significance: Jim Coleman. In a June letter to the N&O, the Duke law professor became the first prominent figure to demand Mike Nifong’s recusal...
Cash Michaels, Amsterdam News:
Obama blasted for backing fed Duke case -- Is presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama�s backing for a federal "independent inquiry" into the Duke alleged sexual assault case a genuine concern that the civil rights of the defendants may have been violated or just simple political pandering to secure more broad-based support for his campaign?
At least one legal expert has chastised the Black Illinois Democrat, saying, "Having a federal civil rights investigation [in this case] is such a joke."
Another legal scholar added that Obama's statement "doesn't mean much" if he's "stating a position without a valid examination." ...
"I heard about the statement by Obama," said North Carolina Central University School of Law Professor Irving Joyner. "I don't think that it means much within the scope of things other than his stating a position without a valid examination."
Attorney Wendy Murphy, a former sex crimes prosecutor and currently an adjunct law professor at the New England School of Law, stated, "Barack Obama's support for a federal inquiry makes me wonder whether he understands these difficult issues. It doesn't appear that he does, and I'm very concerned that he doesn't seem to care one whit about the treatment of the victim, the violation of her civil rights or maybe most important of all, that this case is being described as a 'fraud,' etc. by lawyers & officers of the court who are ethically obligated not to lie or mislead the public."
Atty. Murphy continued, "At a minimum, Obama should call for a full disclosure of all the facts before anyone passes judgment on this case."
LieStoppers forum: Cash questions Obama's statement, He brings back Wendy Murphy
KC Johnson: Legal "Experts" on Obama -- This morning’s Amsterdam News—last heard from on the case, somewhat appropriately, through an op-ed from the disbarred Alton Maddox, one of Tawana Brawley’s former attorneys— features an article citing legal “experts” attacking Illinois senator Barack Obama for urging a Justice Department inquiry into Mike Nifong’s misconduct.
Who are these legal “experts”? None other than the Duke case’s Dynamic Duo—NAACP case monitor Irving Joyner and adjunct Wendy Murphy.
Cash Michaels: Obama Blasted for Backing Independent Review
comment: The 'Trash man' is at it again. Obama is "blasted" by two anonymous Cash Michaels' sources and two serial hoax enablers: Joyner & Murphy. Or are the anonymous legal experts cited in the beginning also Joyner and Murphy? Piddle plus piddle equals piddle. And can someone please show the Amsterdam News how to publish a web page. They crap it up every time, but what do you expect.
John Stevenson, Herald-Sun:
Durham assistant DA to lead state panel -- Durham Assistant District Attorney Kendra Montgomery-Blinn next month will become the first executive director of North Carolina's new Innocence Inquiry Commission, which reportedly is the first agency of its kind in the country and is intended to protect innocent people from languishing behind bars.
The Legislature established the Raleigh-based commission last year to investigate claims of actual innocence by inmates convicted of crimes.
Lawmakers believed it was needed because of defendants like Alan Gell, who spent more than seven years on death row for a murder in which he later was exonerated...
Montgomery-Blinn said Wednesday she was excited about her new position, but also sad to leave her current job. She added that she has "great respect" for District Attorney Mike Nifong and was "absolutely not" departing because of turmoil surrounding the Duke lacrosse sex-offense case...
Rebecca Traister, Salon.com:
Fox's Ann Coulter 2.0 -- Her colleagues may have been momentarily tortured by [Rachel] Marsden's loose tongue, but whether they knew it or not, they had been sticking it to her just the night before, when they brought up the Duke rape case. Gutfeld had asked what should happen to the accuser if all charges are finally dropped, and Marsden had jumped in with unusual speed, pooh-poohing possible repercussions for the woman who claimed she was raped by members of the Duke University lacrosse team a year ago. "Charges are laid, charges are dropped," said Marsden. "It happens all the time. Unless she can get charged with mischief and they can prove she lied, then no, [she shouldn't be punished]. That's the process and the process works." But, argued Gutfeld, "Don't you think that being accused of rape is as bad as being raped? Those guys' lives were ruined!" Marsden bit back, "Let's give it 10 years and see if their lives were ruined."