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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Duke/Nifong/Cooper+80 days Hoax

Updated - today's items:

The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover. - Al Franken, "Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them", 2003

Bar Sets Hearing for Nifong's Ethics Charges — Lawyers for the former prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case will argue next week that the ethics charges that could lead to his disbarment should be dismissed.

The North Carolina State Bar has scheduled a hearing for April 13 to consider a motion to dismiss the ethics case against Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, who initially led the investigation into allegations a stripper was raped at a lacrosse team party in March 2006.

Nifong turned the case over to state prosecutors in January after the bar charged him with violating several rules of professional conduct, including withholding evidence from lawyers defending the three players charged in the case. He is also accused of lying to the court and to bar investigators, and making misleading and inflammatory comments about the players.

If the charges are not dismissed, Nifong is scheduled to stand trial June 12.
News & Observer: State Bar sets date for Nifong hearing

LieStoppers: Defendant Nifong's hearing — WRAL reported this morning that the hearing will be held in the state court of appeals courtroom in Raleigh -- to accomodate a larger audience...

TalkLeft: State Bar Sets Date For Nifong Hearing

Metanarrative — In critical theory, and particularly postmodernism, a metanarrative (sometimes master- or grand narrative) "is a global or totalizing cultural narrative schema which orders and explains knowledge and experience". [1] The prefix meta means "beyond" and is here used to mean "about", and a narrative is a story. Therefore, a metanarrative is a story about a story, encompassing and explaining other 'little stories' within totalizing schemas... See also: Duke Lacrosse Scandal

Samiha Khanna, News & Observer:
Nifong: Keep extra staff — District attorney points to reduced backlog of cases, asks for continued funding -- District Attorney Mike Nifong had good news for county commissioners Monday, showing evidence that a recent staffing boost helped make a dent in a backlog of pending cases.

But the cases could pile up again, he said, if the courts lose funding for those new positions -- five court clerks and three assistant district attorneys the county agreed to pay for two years ago.

The number of cases pending in Durham's Superior Court has been reduced by more than 20 percent since the summer of 2005, according to records Nifong provided from the Administrative Office of the Courts.

But the progress was possible only because the county paid for the positions when the state wouldn't, said Nifong and Clerk of Superior Court Archie Smith, who appeared at a commissioners' work session Monday morning...

Kristin Butler, Duke Chronicle:
Brodhead's buildup — Isn't it interesting that President Richard Brodhead's first major decision after the release of the Campus Culture Initiative report was� not recommended by the CCI at all?

In fact, Brodhead's move-which will create a new high-level administrator, to be called the dean for undergraduate education-effectively demotes both the CCI's chair and vice chair, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Bob Thompson and Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta.

If I were Thompson, I'd be quite worried that my title was nearly identical to my superior's.

L-Mo, by contrast, must be positively apoplectic that his administrative fiefdom (which up until now reported directly to Brodhead) will soon be brought under the direction of-gasp!-an appointed faculty member...
KC Johnson: Butler's Latest

Anna Lieth, Duke Chronicle:
Freshmen hold forum on CCI — While many students tuned into the NCAA Tournament Monday night, 15 freshmen decided to forego the big game to discuss major issues of campus culture. The all-student forum, called "Raise Your Voice" and set in East Campus' Lilly Library, aimed to identify freshman perspectives on the recently released Campus Culture Initiative report.

Amy Feistel, the FOCUS program coordinator, brainstormed the idea for the discussion, and five former FOCUS students implemented it.

"Students are more likely to say what they really feel if they are not inhibited by administrators being there," said Sudha Patel, one of the freshman organizers, about the event's setup...

KC Johnson:
The CCI's Impending Train Wreck — Last week, North Carolina’s public radio station, WUNC, had an hour-long discussion of the Campus Culture Initiative. Though stacked in favor of CCI proponents, the program actually featured a devastating critique of the CCI’s agenda.

Host Frank Stasio opened with CCI chairman Robert Thompson giving the party line: the CCI’s “main thrust was to develop an inclusive social community,” since Duke’s “next challenge is . . . engaging difference.”

Of course, it’s clear that the CCI intended to engage only certain types of difference; after all, CCI subgroup chairs Peter Wood, Karla Holloway, and Anne Allison seemed to have no problem with denouncing students when doing so advanced their personal, ideological, or pedagogical agendas. Those students, it appears, must be sacrificed in the name of the Group of 88’s vision of an “inclusive social community.” ...

Cash Michaels, Wilmington Journal:
Obama Blasted For Backing Fed Duke Case Probe [unedited version of article]

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