Updated — today's items:
Nifong on Trial -- More than a year after three Duke lacrosse players were indicted on rape, sexual assault and kidnapping charges, the case is finally headed to trial.
But the defendant isn't any of the three former players and the charges are no longer criminal.
Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong is expected to face the North Carolina State Bar's disciplinary panel beginning this week on charges that he violated Rules of Professional Conduct while handling the case.
WRAL.com and the WRAL NewsChannel will carry the hearing live beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday...
LS forum: TV Coverage of Nifong Trial -- Court TV will also have coverage of Nifong's hearing...
Chief hopeful sticks to boast on mistakes -- The Duke lacrosse case doesn't change a Durham police official's thinking -- When Ronald Hodge, second-in-charge of the Durham Police Department and one of three candidates vying to become police chief, said Tuesday he didn't think the department had made any major mistakes in recent years, some of the audience snickered.
The comment surprised some, considering the department is under investigation for its handling of the Duke lacrosse case...
How Hodge's position might affect his chances of becoming Durham's top law enforcement official is unclear. City Manager Patrick Baker could not be reached Friday.
Durham City Council member Eugene Brown was flabbergasted by Hodge's comments at the forum. "There was laughter, as well there should be," he said. And lawyers for the players say the department made major mistakes and the city should be wary of hiring a chief who might do the same...
LS forum: DPD Whitewash Committe Member, I called Mrs. Sands- Belle today -- I conclude she has no idea what she is getting into and her view of this is to make everyone aware of the party line such as "although the charges were dropped there are many real assults and rapes and these need to be taken seriously...
LS forum: Appointments to the Third Party Committee
Case study -- The fact that district attorneys from across the state recently felt it necessary to defend themselves to legislators showed that the messy Duke lacrosse case has had implications far beyond Durham. So it's important that the Durham City Council is pressing for a more forthcoming account of the police department's performance in the case than one issued last month by Police Chief Steve Chalmers. And Mayor Bill Bell has looked to an effective, credible person to conduct the probe -- Willis Whichard, a former state Supreme Court justice.
Chalmers' report clearly was deficient. A timely independent investigation is critical because Chalmers retires later this year. The probe to be headed by Whichard will be able to obtain testimony from Chalmers and from detectives who investigated three Duke students...
Under Whichard's leadership, a frank and thorough examination of the police department's performance in this unfortunate episode should be possible.
Lacrosse panel nearly filled -- A former city employee and a Greensboro attorney and political heavyweight are the latest additions to the committee that will investigate how Durham police and District Attorney Mike Nifong handled the Duke lacrosse case.
Former Downtown Economic Development Coordinator Alice Sharpe received her appointment to the 12-member investigative panel Friday from City Councilman Thomas Stith.
The other appointee, Greensboro lawyer Joe Williams, was the choice of City Councilwoman Cora Cole-McFadden.
Friday's announcements left only one seat vacant. The councilman responsible for finding an appointee to fill it, Howard Clement, missed an all-day City Council meeting on Thursday and was absent again from a council budget review on Friday.
Officials had hoped to complete the appointments Friday.
Sharpe and Williams are joining a panel that already included former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Willis Whichard, former state Sen. Wib Gulley, Durham attorney Ken Spaulding, former Durham County Sheriff Roland Leary, Durham Crisis Response Center Executive Director Aurelia Sands Belle and a quartet of current or former police chiefs, Darrel Stephens of Charlotte, Pat Norris of Winston-Salem, Jim Fealy of High Point and Gregg Jarvies of Chapel Hill...
The main criticism as of Friday was that the panel was lacking members with significant criminal defense experience. Mayor Bill Bell's proposed guidelines for the appointments stipulated that criminal defense lawyers were to receive four of the 12 seats...
Jim Wise, Bull's Eye blog, News & Observer:
Police probe personnel -- Each member of the Durham City Council is appointing one member of the committee, which is to begin work the week of June 18. Spauling, Leary, Gulley and Belle were appointed by Mayor Bill Bell and council members Mike Woodard, Eugene Brown and Diane Catotti, respectively.
Review: It’s Not About the Truth by Don Yaeger with Mike Pressler -- Shocking, sad, surreal. Those are only a few (and more tasteful) of the emotions that built while I read Don Yaeger’s new book It’s Not About the the Truth due for publication on Tuesday, June 12th. It’s Not About the Truth is a firsthand account of the infamous Duke Lacrosse Rape case...
a study in what’s wrong with American society. Yaeger does an incredible job documenting how a non-story became a national sensation because the people in power at Duke and in the city of Durham saw an opportunity to gain through self-serving blame. In the case of Duke we find a faculty and administration comprised of disconnected social engineers more interested in supporting community victimhood than standing by their own students, and with the city of Durham there’s a District Attorney who’s career as a public sector paper pusher can be solidified through political opportunism. The only victims in the almost 400 days of this media-actuated circus were the Duke players, the coach and their families...
Jesse Jackson's Moral Certainty -- One remarkable pattern about this case has been the steadiness of those who rushed to judgment last spring and now not only refuse to admit any error, but continue to cling to the moral judgments they adopted last spring, when their statements or actions presumed that a crime occurred.
Take, for instance, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and head of the Rainbow/PUSH coalition...
When asked point-blank by host John Williams whether he had made a mistake, Jackson channeled John Feinstein:
John Williams: “Are you going to admit to them [the lacrosse players] that you made a mistake; and that your mistake had consequences, unintended, to them?
Jackson: [Pauses.] I didn’t make a mistake.
My appeal was for the truth to come out. We did not indict them. We said, let the truth—do not spare the investigation.
Black Journalist Leonard Pitts Tells Whites that are Concerned about Black on White Crime to "Cry Me a River." -- Below is the article Pitts wrote, I've highlighted in red some of his more 'racist' and insensitive points. I want a public apology and I want the Miami Herald and all other newspapers that print his crap to fire him. Remember Imus? After reading Pitt's article, please feel free to call him at home and maybe send him a postcard. As you read this article try as hard as you can to imagine a white man writing the same thing about black victims of a crime perpetrated by whites. When Pitt's says he doesn't believe the crime was a hate crime what is he really saying? Isn't he saying that blacks can't commit a hate crime if their victim is white? ...
LEONARD PITTS: ENOUGH WITH PHONY WHITE VICTIMHOOD -- I have four words for them and any other white Americans who feel themselves similarly victimized: Cry me a river.
News from the West blog: Pitts Tells Whites ... to "Cry Me a River."