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Friday, December 7, 2007

Duke Case — Happy Holidays from Durham

----Happy Holidays from Durham----
Joan Foster / LieStoppers blog:
It's A-OK! -- The Dept of Justice has declined to investigate the Nifong/Mangum Hoax. You know what that says to me?

It says what happened to Collin, Reade. and Dave in Durham, North Carolina is "A-OK."

Yes, "A-OK." That's an expression I picked up from Judge Ronald Stephens, the local judge/buddy boy who allowed the NBBP into the courtroom and later sobbed on the stand as he testified to Nifong's good upstanding character. Nifong, he hiccuped,,, was "A-OK."

A-OK. [...]

on the topic of Brodhead, whatever his leadership did to cause the huge settlements being handed about..apparently isn't "bad enough." Brother Brodhead is still the face, the persona, the stalwart symbol of Dukiness the BOT wishes to promote. He's A-OK for all of them. I think of the Spanish proverb..."take what you want, says God, and pay for it." As you surely will. Or Stevenson's couplet: "O wad some power the Giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us?" See your President...the President of a great University... too craven to meet with the anguished parents of his own students at the darkest moment of their lives. The esteemed wordsmith... too inept to find a few appropriate words for the families at the time. The noted English scholar..too afraid to read the complete case file as offered to him in desperation and despair. Brodhead: the personification of the best standards of Duke University: he is A-OK.

And City Manager Baker who assured the media of his personal, careful monitoring of the police investigation (akin to his oversight of the burning dump and hazardous parking garage) and the existence of just ONE story from Victim Crystal. Hey, Mayor Bell, this is the best you can offer Durham...your man Baker is A-OK?

Now we are being asked to fold our tents and accept this happy resolution, this "I'm okay, you're okay" wrap up party and go home. Be glad our Innocents are cleared. Don't think about the how, or the why, or the who-is-still-in-place. Don't think about tomorrow. Don't think about the next kids. The victims-to-come. Don't think at all.

Don't you get it? Power and corruption need your comfortable complacence. Move along. It's all A-OK.
LieStoppers blog: Some are more equal
Brianne Dopart / Herald-Sun:
Investigator in Duke Lacrosse case reassigned -- A police investigator whose methods and work product came under fire in the wake of the bogus Duke lacrosse rape case has been reassigned from his investigative duties to a patrol supervisor.

Once in charge of investigations in District Two but now the target of a civil suit, Sgt. Mark Gottlieb has been shifted to a sergeant in charge of patrols in District Four. The change occurred last month during a routine reorganization of the department during which 26 officers were promoted.

City officials confirmed this week that Gottlieb is under review for possible misconduct and, if warranted, his job status could be affected.

City Manager Patrick Baker said Thursday that a change in Gottlieb's status was not "imminent."

"By imminent, I mean not tomorrow and not the next day," he said.

"What I can tell you is that he is still an employee of the Durham Police Department at this time," Baker said.

Gottlieb's integrity has long been questioned by attorneys for the three Duke men once charged with raping a 28-year-old stripper.

Accusations against the former investigator in the 155-page lawsuit filed against the city and a number of other defendants in October include conspiring to hide DNA evidence and creating a loaded photo lineup that violated department policy. That photo lineup comprised only lacrosse players, and not any incorrect suspect choices. The three players who were indicted were selected from that lineup. [...]
LieStoppers forum:
Gottlieb moved to District Four, And he's being investigated!
Naureen Khan / Duke Chronicle:
Feds pass on Nifong investigation -- The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it will not investigate potential criminal misconduct by former Durham district attorney Mike Nifong in his handling of the Duke lacrosse case.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and Jim Cooney, lawyer for the exonerated former lacrosse player Reade Seligmann, requested that the Department of Justice look into the matter in October. [...]

Philip Seligmann, father of Reade Seligmann, said in an interview with The Chronicle that he expected the department to deny the request, but added that he is disappointed that the case will not be investigated on a national level.

"Given the performance of the Department of Justice in the past eight years, I'm not at all surprised at the decision they have made," he said. "It is right in line with the rest of their civil-rights efforts­-effectively non-existent."

Duke law professor James Coleman, a frequent commentator on the case, said the Department of Justice rarely takes on investigations of this nature. [...]
Mike Baker / AP /Charlotte Observer:
AG seeks tools to help investigators in public corruption cases -- State Attorney General Roy Cooper said Thursday his office lacks the legal tools needed to conduct an efficient investigation into the conduct of former Durham County prosecutor Mike Nifong.

State and local authorities have long relied on help from federal prosecutors, who have the authority to convene investigative grand juries and can charge people with lying to federal investigators. Such assistance in several public corruption cases has led to convictions, including in the cases of former state House Speaker Jim Black and former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps.

But this week, the U.S. Department of Justice said it had decided not to aid state prosecutors in Nifong's case.

"We can't expect federal authorities to help us every time we ask," Cooper said in an interview. "(But) the refusal of federal authorities to get involved makes it difficult to conduct (an) additional investigation." [...]
Duke Students for Ethical Duke:
Kim Curtis' Return to Duke -- A number of people have asked what we intend to do about Kim Curtis, who it seems is returning to the classroom next semester. She will be teaching PolSci 183 - Ecological Crisis and Pol Theory in addition to being listed under various independent study and research courses.

Kim Curtis failed two lacrosse players in her class during the Spring of 2006, the same Spring in which the lacrosse episode began. One student, Kyle Dowd, filed suit against both Curtis and the university on the grounds that Curtis had given him failing grades for participation and for his final paper and a mathematically impossible failing grade for the semester simply because Dowd was a lacrosse player. Dowd and his family tried repeatedly to work with the university to correct the situation, one that would have prevented him from graduating and forced his employer to withdraw its job offer, but they were forced to file suit in spite of their good intentions. Their lawyers put together an almost impenetrable case, which you may review here, and the university was forced to settle on behalf of itself as well as Curtis and changed his grade to a P for passing. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. For a more complete account of the appalling story of Professor Curtis, see KC Johnson's post entitled Dowd and Duke.

We are seeking comment from Duke administrators regarding Curtis' return to campus [...]
Barry Lenser / book review / PopMatters.com:
Until Proven Innocent --
Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case by Stuart Taylor, KC Johnson
What made the Duke lacrosse rape scandal so unnerving was its broad and collaborative cast of villains. Down the line, from Mike Nifong, Durham County’s pathetically opportunistic D.A., to the sensationalist media, to the Group of 88, Duke’s fulminating academic mob, this alliance reduced the presumption of innocence to a spectacular sham. Until Proven Innocent, a scrupulous and spellbinding account of this far-reaching abomination, does not allow any of the misdeeds visited on Dave Evans, Colin Finnerty, and Reade Seligmann to go untouched. The collective rap sheet, in fact, grows disturbingly long. Hollywood could barely cook up such bald-faced deception or manage a script with as many enablers of injustice. By the end, you’re left wondering how this many people could act so contemptuously of truth and the law. [...]
KC Johnson:
Barry Lenser on UPI
Bob Verini / Variety.com:
To hell, with the truth -- What if the big stories of 2007 were put on film?

Even though films often require years of development, many of the reality-based features released in recent months bear more than a passing resemblance to 2007's ripped-from-the-headline stories ...

The Assassination of Duke Lacrosse by the Coward Michael Nifong

Elegiac mood piece brings the code of the Old West into the modern era. The Duke Lacrosse gang is notorious in their part of the Deep South for their whoopin' and hollerin'. But there are jealous folks gunning for the boys, hoping to win personal glory by bringing them down. Self-righteous Marshal Nifong knows they're not guilty of a particularly heinous charge but goes after them anyway, telling the press, "When the legend becomes truth, print the legend." The media string him up in the end. [...]

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