Thursday, June 14, 2007

Nifong is nigh fonged

KC Johnson is all over the Mike Nifong hearing, summarizing DNA testimony, establishing chronologies, etc. In short, following every nail as it is driven into a coffin. I'm no lawyer but it looks brutal. You almost feel sorry for Nifong. Almost. It's a reminder of how effectively power can shield deeds which would ordinarily be regarded as outrageous or stupid. Now that Nifong's shield is down the cockroaches are all crawling out of his files.

Some of the nails are being driven into the New York Times. There's probably some justice in this. If Nifong was playing to a gallery, it is proper to ask who was in the gallery.

Crime and Federalism comments, "Mike Nifong has resigned from his position as District Attorney, though he is still a lawyer. This is a tactic no doubt directed at saving his law license. If he had remained District Attorney, the North Carolina State Bar may have concluded that they had to find that he violated ethical rules - if for no other reason than to remove him from office."

Nothing follows.


Blogger 3Case said...

I had the pleasure of getting to know Joe Cheshire, lead counsel for the lacrosse players, and other of the bright lights of the NC criminal bar in the early '80s. I knew all would be well with Joe in the lead.

Nifong is the cockroach. He has earned his crushing. He is getting his due process, a thing he labored to deny those boys. Have no pity for Nifong; he would destroy you or your child without thought were he in power and it served his whim.

6/14/2007 09:18:00 PM  
Blogger Triton'sPolarTiger said...

I watched something similar happen to a co-worker's kid within the past couple of years. It cost my friend and his wife something like over 50k to fend off that nightmare. The accuser was eventually shown to be unreliable AND in this instance to be lying... the charges were dismissed.

My friend sent his only son to live with a relative in another state and to finish high school there - he and his wife eventually relocated out-of-state as well... the official reason was a job change, but I can't help but think they were just gettin' the heck outta the jurisdiction of the runaway prosecutor.

I'd like to see that guy get Nifonged, but it'll probably never happen.

6/14/2007 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

When the resulting lawsuits begin, the NY Times can be added to the list along with Duke University's administration, the NC police, and the District Attorney's office.

I'd just love to see the NYT twisting slowly in the wind, being on trial their very own selves. I wonder if the rest of MSM would report on it.

Maybe the resultant jury award would push the Times finally into bankruptcy.

6/14/2007 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Magazine: 37-Year-Old Cat Is World's Oldest
Police: Couple Caught Having Sex On Crane
Below is the list of 15 GOP senators that the amnesty pushers want to flip to their side (asterisked senators are up for re-election in 2008)
* Alexander (R-TN)
Bennett (R-UT)
* Cochran (R-MS)
* Coleman (R-MN)
* Collins (R-ME)
* Cornyn (R-TX)
* Craig (R-ID)
* Domenici (R-NM)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lott (R-MS)
* McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
* Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stevens (R-AK)
* Warner (R-VA)

6/14/2007 11:33:00 PM  
Blogger Lady of Mercia said...

Thanks to a complicit media and low-down political party, for the past few years outrageous false accusations and scandal-mongering have rarely had any negative consequences for the finger pointers, if done against Repub leaders, their policies, or “privileged” caste members. Unlucky Nifong must be real sorry he tipped the dumb stripper who didn’t put on a convincing enough show. Tipped, as in folding up his alleged integrity and reputation and sticking them in her g- string.

Anyway, why should he have offered case-confusing exculpatory DNA evidence in our post post-modern age of post-normal science? The race and class status of the accused were sufficiently factual to establish causality and a guilty narrative for public consumption in the eyes of Al Gore, I mean Nifong.

6/15/2007 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

This is why those in charge of prosecuting crime should be hired by the municipality instead of being elected.

To be sure, the political pressures can never be removed entirely, but if the DA was hired instead of voted into office there would be less politically popular but BS witchhunts.

6/15/2007 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Cedarford said...

The aftermath will be interesting. Not only Nifong, but for the lawsuits and self-inflicted damage certain media figures have suffered:

The lawsuits look to be major. It's not just the 3 accused, but a class of 46 players and a coach that suffered damages to their reputations, incurred great costs.

There appear to be civil rights violations too, that the state and city do not have sovereign immunity from.

The Bar Trial of Nifong, which follows a successful lawsuit for grade retaliation and a Duke settlement for the coach, is not the end of the repercussions coming to Duke, their sexual assault nurse, Durham officials, certain cops. And, we can hope, some eventual payback to the lying prostitute that started it, Nancy Grace, Wendy Murphy, and the NY Times.

6/15/2007 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger 49erDweet said...

Reading the posts on the linked site made me ever so glad to have never become a bar association member. Nifong appears to have been the "Jeffery Dahlmer" of jurisprudence, possessing absolutely no sense of humanity empathy, integrity or knowledge of the full scope of duty required of a DA. He was beyond sad, more like despicable.

His terrible example does call into question the role of public prosecutors, but to my mind it is more likely a deeper inditement of lazy voters (and their MSM) who failed to dig deeper into that candidate's true qualifications before voting him into such a responsible position.

Any prosecutor owing job allegance to local politicians could not be expected to be diligent in looking into or prosecuting charges against them.


6/15/2007 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger al fin said...

Nifong will get his due.

I am more concerned about the 88 Duke professors who condemned the players without due process, and forced the firing of the coach and the suspension of the team's season. These bigoted professors should pay--preferably with their jobs.

I am conerned by the NY Times grossly unprofessional coverage of the non-event. The abuse of press privilege and press power was egregious. These clowns should pay. Preferably with their jobs.

6/15/2007 04:05:00 PM  
Blogger Db2m said...

The prosecutors who worked over Libby, DeLay and the two Border Patrol Agents--I'd also like to see them undergo some serious scrutiny.

We gotta' slow this prosecutorial freight train down!

6/15/2007 05:15:00 PM  

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