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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Nifong/Mangum Hoax — August 7, 2007

Jack Nicholson: You can't handle the truth[Jack Nicholson] Col. Jessep: You want answers?

[Tom Cruise] LTJG Kaffee I think I'm entitled to them.

Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee: I want the truth!

Jessep: You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!

Kaffee: Did you order the code red?

Jessep: (quietly) I did the job you sent me to do.

Kaffee: Did you order the code red?

Jessep: You're goddamn right I did!! .
Updated — today's items:

Joe "It's not about the truth" Alleva cited for integrity?

Joe AllevaDuke.edu:
Joe Alleva Reappointed Director of Athletics at Duke -- Alleva’s reappointment follows a review by a committee of trustees, faculty and alumni, including former athletes. -- Joe Alleva has been reappointed director of athletics at Duke University, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Tuesday.

Alleva’s reappointment follows a review by a committee of trustees, faculty and alumni, including former athletes, that was chaired by trustee emeritus Harold L. Yoh, Jr., with Dean of the School of Nursing Catherine Gilliss serving as vice chair.

Duke regularly conducts five-year reviews of deans and senior administrative positions. Brodhead said the review confirmed that Alleva was well-recognized for sustaining high standards of integrity in the athletics program, his championing of Duke’s concept of the student-athlete, the quality of coaches he has hired and the high level of success that has been achieved across athletic programs at Duke under Alleva’s leadership.

“Joe is unwaveringly loyal to Duke and to the educational values that undergird all of our programs, including athletics,” Brodhead said. “These are times of great challenge and change in intercollegiate athletics. In the coming year I’ve asked Joe to undertake a comprehensive strategic plan to ensure that we continue to have a program that represents the best opportunities for our student-athletes to grow and excel, both on the playing fields and in the classroom.” ...
LS forum: Alleva Re-appointed Duke Athletic Director, "High Standards of Integrity
Forum topic of note:
LS forum:
Brad Bannon Posts On DNA Discovery -- 1. On May 12, 2006, we received a report from DNA Security that appeared to us--and to every lawyer who has seen it & every expert but Brian Meehan who has reviewed it--to be a final written report that stated the results of all of its DNA testing, which included rape kit findings.

2. We consistently sought the underlying data for the testing, starting with general requests in May and June, and then with the specific requests filed in August, culminating in the argument and order of September 22, 2006, and the provision of underlying data that occurred on October 27 and November 1, 2006.

3. We consistently sought the substance of Brian Meehan’s statements to Mike Nifong & investigators during their meetings in April and May. Mike Nifong consistently represented, in pleadings and open-court statements to various courts, that we had received all of the information from those meetings that the law required...
KC Johnson:
More from Bannon on DNA -- Another behind-the-scenes posting at Liestoppers from Brad Bannon, on the defense and DNA..
News & Observer:
Nifong disbarment order amended -- The State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission has amended the Bar's disciplinary order against Mike Nifong, the former Durham District Attorney whose misconduct in the Duke lacrosse case cost him his career.

The disciplinary hearing committee that heard the case corrected a paragraph about which players Crystal Gail Mangum, the accuser, had seen pictures of before the identification procedure in which she picked out the three who would be charged.

The commission also added that Nifong knowingly disobeyed a professional conduct rule when he instructed the head of a private DNA lab to prepare a report containing only results where DNA tests showed positive matches to the lacrosse players.

The committee ruled in June that Nifong knowingly withheld DNA evidence that was beneficial to the three charged in the case.

The amended order was signed on July 24 by Lane Williamson, chairman of the disciplinary commission...
Tim "It's not about about the truth" Vaden responds

John in Carolina:
N&O Public Editor Responds -- [...]
Ted Vaden, The News and Observer public editorHello John,

I first knew the content of the other comments made by the accuser when I read them in the article of April 12, 2007, that you refer to in your post. When I interviewed The N&O's editors shortly after the March 25, 2006, interview story was published, I was told that the story was limited to comments supported by information in the public record, i.e, police reports or court records. The allegations about the other dancer were not in the public record.

I do not know if The N&O intends to publish an apology. As public editor, I would not be involved in that decision. Ruth Sheehan, as you know, did write a column apologizing to the lacrosse players.

I have commented publicly about The N&O's coverage of the lacrosse case in at least five columns in the year after the story was first reported, most recently in an April 15, 2007, column assessing the coverage.

You can find it at "Assessing the N&O's lacrosse coverage."

Ted Vaden
John in Carolina:
Will N&O public editor Ted Vaden answer any of the following seven questions? --
Dear Ted:

As you know, on April 12, 2007, the day after the Attorney General had declared the three young men innocent, the N&O for the first time reported that during her interview with the N&O on March 24, 2006, Crystal Mangum” said the second dancer was also sexually assaulted at the party but didn't report it for fear of losing her job. Also, Mangum said the second dancer “would do anything for money.” And more the N&O didn't report...
Mark GottliebKC Johnson:
The Gottlieb Files [see comments] -- Last week brought unusual news from the Whichard Committee: not only has the second meeting of the committee not yet been scheduled, but City Manager Patrick Baker said he didn’t even know if Sgt. Mark Gottlieb would testify.

Given Gottlieb’s performance in this case, anything less than a full-scale, public questioning of the sergeant would render the committee useless.

Gottlieb, it’s worth remembering, entered this case with a disturbing record of having arrested ten times as many Duke students, all for trivial offenses, as the other three District Two supervisors combined in the months before the lacrosse party. More problematic, several students leveled credible allegations of misconduct—ranging from lying on the stand to excessive use of force to discrimination based on ethnicity.

Despite this behavior, no evidence exists that the DPD took disciplinary action against Gottlieb...
Michael Gaynor:
Duke case: Isolated blip or iceberg tip?
-- "In my opinion, if Wade Smith and the North Carolina Bar would have taken the 'right' ethical and moral stance in the Alan Gell matter, Mike Nifong might not have been so willing to hide exculpatory evidence in the Duke lacrosse case. Instead the message that Mike Nifong and other officials within the North Carolina judicial system received is that they could use and abuse their powers without regard to the civil rights of those whom they are obligated to serve."

Brad Bannon and I view the significance of the Duke case differently. I see it as symptomatic of significant problems in North Carolina's criminal justice system, while Mr. Bannon wants to shout from the mountain tops, "I am not going to let the view of North Carolina's criminal justice system to America be [the Duke] case." ...