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Posted by aogSunday, 24 December 2006 at 12:17 TrackBack Ping URL

As the Duke Lacross players case continues to come unraveled, I am left wondering just what DA Nifong was thinking when he handed out the indictments. It now appears that he had the exculpatory DNA evidence before indicting, which would seem to be a poor basis for starting a prosecution. I expect he either didn’t think it through or believed that he could break the defendants without much publicity outside of the local area.

What I wonder now is how much the accuser wanted things to go forward. There is some indirect evidence (such as the seclusion mediated by Nifong related people) that Nifong, not the accuser, was the driving force behind the prosecution. I would find it very plausible that the accuser has been used as well. If I were the defense team, I would consider getting the accuser to file a civil lawsuit against Nifong, in conjunction with the defendants, for willful abuse of his position to force the case. That would be a public relations coup (“it’s not about accuser vs. defendant, but about abuse of power by the DA”) and vicious revenge at the same time.

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cjm Wednesday, 27 December 2006 at 10:54

i can not believe that nifong won re-election. i guess the people of durham don’t anticipate this maniac will come after them and theirs. if nifong doesn’t serve time for his misconduct it will be proof that the “rule of law” is a charade, at least in that part of the country.

Annoying Old Guy Wednesday, 27 December 2006 at 18:41

The best explanation I have heard is that the black population likes Nifong sticking it to some rich white boys, and the white liberals like it because it assauges their guilt. What will be amusing is when the civil lawsuits start. The while liberals will have to pony some extra tax money while the black community gets cut backs in city services, all to pay off the legal bills. Stupidity all around.

What’s interesting, though, is that at least one prominent black commentator pointed out exactly what you did, that as fun as it is to railroad these boys, it’s going to come back to haunt poor, black who are actual victims in the future. But that’s the normal price for valuing payback over income.

cjm Thursday, 28 December 2006 at 21:57

the nc bar is bringing him up. and that’s before the supression of counter-evidence was known. personally, i hope karma takes a huge bite out of him.

Jeff Guinn Friday, 29 December 2006 at 07:09

cjm:

Nifong must be either clinically insane or thicker than a plank. The McMartin Preschool fiasco isn’t exactly ancient, or obscure, history.

cjm Friday, 29 December 2006 at 09:41

jg: he is insane. ambition and lust and all of the old time sins wrapped up into one noxious man. the power of the human mind to convince itself of things in the face of overwhelming evidence (i am talking to you, leftists) is a wonder to behold.

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