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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Duke Case: Wednesday Linkfest


More on the demise of the date-rape drug theory:

A date-rape drug test reportedly involving a hair sample of the alleged Duke lacrosse victim has turned up negative, one of the defense attorneys said Wednesday.

According to Kirk Osborn, he and fellow defense lawyers learned the result from Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong at a meeting last week with Judge Osmond Smith about the case, in which three lacrosse players are under indictment on charges of sexually assaulting an exotic dancer at an off-campus party in March.
Attorney: Date-rape drug test negative in lacrosse case [heraldsun.com, Aug. 30, 2006]

The battlelines are being drawn in the Durham district attorney election.
In the face of groups created to campaign against Nifong in November's election, two Durham residents--Kim Brummell and Victoria Peterson--are voicing support for the controversial DA. The two women founded "Citizens for Mike Nifong" in an effort to keep Nifong in office.
Citizens show support for Nifong [dukechronicle.com, Aug. 30, 2006]
Two Duke University juniors on opposite sides of the political spectrum two years ago during the presidential race are walking lock step down the campaign trail this fall.

Juniors Emily Wygod and Christiane Regelbrugge are so outraged by District Attorney Mike Nifong's handling of the lacrosse rape case that they launched a voter registration drive on campus this week.
District attorney's race may attract Duke vote [NewsObserver.com, Aug. 29, 2006]
Duke case stirs friends, foes of DA [charlotte.com, Aug. 29, 2006]

Hard not to be a Coach D. fan already-
Danowski, one of eight Division I lacrosse coaches with at least 200 career wins, sounds unconcerned about the pressure of running a program that's sure to have every step - or misstep - carefully reviewed. He said he expects the players will be on their best behaviour.

He's also made an effort to call and introduce himself to the three team members with the most uncertain futures of all - Seligmann, Finnerty and Evans. Evans graduated the day before he was charged in May, while Seligmann and Finnerty - who would have been juniors on next year's team - are on a leave of absence from the university.

To Danowski, the roles of father, teacher and disciplinarian are all facets of coaching.
Danowski ready to rebuild Duke lacrosse [SLAM, Canada, Aug 29, 2006]

Michael Gaynor and Cash Michaels are discussing the case.

The search for a Duke case hero [Michael Gaynor | renewamerica.us, Aug. 30, 2006]
Let "60 Minutes" know you want it to do the right thing [Michael Gaynor | renewamerica.us, Aug. 29, 2006]

It was no contest.
Wendy Murphy... Her comments have earned her the first nomination for Miss Hag of the Hoax.
Hag of the Hoax [LieStoppers, Aug. 30, 2006]

It's hard to call a stand up guy, Elmo.
...yesterday's determination that cab driver Moezeldin Elmostafa was not guilty of a 2003 misdemeanor charge (aiding a shoplifter to whom he gave a cab ride after her crime) also does little to increase confidence in Mike Nifong's ethical core.
The Peculiarities of the Elmostafa Case [Durham-In-Wonderland, Aug. 30, 2006]

Obi-Wan Kenobi works for the defense.
Y'see, Joe Cheshire sent Stuart Taylor, Jr. a piece of news that, if true and temporally relevant should, well, vaporize the Evil Darth Nifong. According to Joe, according to Stu, it seems that Crystal did undergo toxicology screening after all! And guess what? Correct! It was...NEGATIVE!
Pssst? BOOM! [Crystal Mess, Aug. 30, 2006]