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Natl. Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers Blasts Nifong
http://www.nacdl.org/public.nsf/newsreleases/2006mn025?OpenDocument ^ | Jan. 12

Posted on 01/12/2007 11:18:48 AM PST by CondorFlight

“. . . Michael Nifong’s inflammatory statements to the media prior to the May elections, for the sole benefit of Mr. Nifong, turned the complaint of a confused young woman into a vicious political game which has brought the office of the district attorney into disrepute. He has ruined lives and reputations for a paycheck and personal political gain.

“This so-called investigation has been a reprehensible sham from the very beginning. The grand jury has a right to facts rather than lies and innuendo, and the public has a right to a fair indictment. Further, Nifong concealed the actual DNA test results from the defense and failed to investigate the complaint and failed to interview the complainant until last week, when he dropped the rape charges. But the damage was done long ago – this scandal will always be known as the ‘Duke lacrosse rape case.’

“As the Supreme Court said over 70 years ago, the prosecutor does not represent an ordinary party, he represents the people, and his job isn’t to win convictions, but to see justice is done. It is as much his duty to refrain from antics calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one. Shame on Mr. Nifong.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dukelacrosse; dukelax; nifong

1 posted on 01/12/2007 11:18:49 AM PST by CondorFlight
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To: CondorFlight

Well, well.


2 posted on 01/12/2007 11:20:29 AM PST by groanup (Limited government is the answer. Now, what's the question?)
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To: CondorFlight

Ping


3 posted on 01/12/2007 11:21:19 AM PST by unkus
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To: CondorFlight
Odds on Nifong's career as a prosecutor being over?

I say it is an almost absolute certainty.

He will not be able to step into another courtroom in the future and have any credibility.

4 posted on 01/12/2007 11:21:42 AM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: CondorFlight
I think Mike could give Hillary a run for her money in '08.

Democrats love corruption.

5 posted on 01/12/2007 11:21:46 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: CondorFlight

The only ones who were raped were the LaCrosse team players.........


6 posted on 01/12/2007 11:22:24 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: CondorFlight
Nifong should be ousted and disbarred for his witch hunt against the Duke kids. They are now ruined. They will have this stigma attached to them for a long time.
7 posted on 01/12/2007 11:23:03 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

He'd be perfect for her AG. In fact, I'll bet he played the rape case as he did just for a juicy appointment in an HC administration.


8 posted on 01/12/2007 11:23:28 AM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: CondorFlight
Now if the National Association of Prosecuting Attorneys would just do the same things might actually start moving for those poor guys.
9 posted on 01/12/2007 11:23:38 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: CondorFlight

This must be the Bizarro FR. I never thought I'd see something from the NACDL here without a barf alert -- they're about as liberal as they come.


10 posted on 01/12/2007 11:26:00 AM PST by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: CORedneck

The DUKE Players should be suing every media outlet that ever forgot to use the term "Accused' or "Alleged", the State of North Carolina, the City of Durham, and Most of all Duke University, and those 88 ethically challenged members of the DUKE Faculty for every thing they all have. They should make a part of the suit settlement that the loser pays all of the winner’s legal fees and go for the juggler. Then they should hire the most expensive legal team they can find and retire to a country that they will buy with their winnings.

In this particular case, I approve of lawyers going out for blood given the harm done on so many levels by so many entities. Since the American way with presumed innocence didn’t work for these guys, the American “Legal” way of redress should be brought to the arena at both civil and criminal courts.

Bleed the SOB’s dry!


11 posted on 01/12/2007 11:33:20 AM PST by noname07718
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To: Red Badger

...and their coach.


12 posted on 01/12/2007 11:34:32 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: CondorFlight
The money quote from "alleged victim's" 12/21 statement to Nifong team,

"Dave Evans was behind me Reade Seligman (sic) was in front of me and Finnerty was on the floor under Seligman (sic) ... Finnerty then got up and got behind her [now Wilson is apparently describing, not quoting] and Dave Evans got under Finnerty on the floor and Seligman (sic) was still in front of her."

The answer of course was they were not in the bathroom for purposes of rape... just a friendly game of Twister.

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13 posted on 01/12/2007 11:34:37 AM PST by nctexan
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To: CondorFlight
turned the complaint of a confused young woman

I don't think she's confused at all. She seems shrewd and downright calculating to me.

14 posted on 01/12/2007 11:36:15 AM PST by freespirited (Honk for disbarment of Mike Nifong.)
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To: CondorFlight

"the prosecutor does not represent an ordinary party, he represents the people, and his job isn’t to win convictions, but to see justice is done."

But the defense attorney's job is to get his client off, whether he thinks his client is guilty or not...


15 posted on 01/12/2007 11:36:16 AM PST by gcruse (http://garycruse.blogspot.com/)
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To: CondorFlight
turned the complaint of a confused young woman

A confused young woman? How about a lying whore out to feather her bed with blackmailed money? Nifong's not the only bad guy here...

16 posted on 01/12/2007 11:36:34 AM PST by Kenton (All vices in moderation. I don't want to overdo any but I don't want to skip any either.)
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To: CondorFlight
“. . . Michael Nifong’s inflammatory statements to the media prior to the May elections, for the sole benefit of Mr. Nifong, turned the complaint of a confused young woman into a vicious political game which has brought the office of the district attorney into disrepute. He has ruined lives and reputations for a paycheck and personal political gain.

Nice of them to wait until now to jump onto the Nifong dogpile.

17 posted on 01/12/2007 11:36:58 AM PST by CFC__VRWC (Go Gators! NCAA Football and Basketball Champions!)
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To: Red Badger

Let us not forget the perpetrator in this crime, the 21st Century Tawana Brawley, without whose false police report and subsequent lies none of this would have happened.

Nifong is guilty and should be unemployed and prosecuted, but the tramp behind the whole story should be locked away as well. And sooner rather than later.


18 posted on 01/12/2007 11:38:37 AM PST by AbeKrieger (Obama's just a smokescreen for Hillary.)
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To: AbeKrieger

.....But she's a new mother!.........Think of the child!........../s


19 posted on 01/12/2007 11:40:18 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: CORedneck

ake his PENSION as he stated that was the only reason he ran for office was so he could retire in three years ,


20 posted on 01/12/2007 11:46:20 AM PST by Renegade
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To: Loyal Buckeye
yeah, but if he manages to avoid disbarment, he is certainly slimy enough to have a brilliant career as a defense attorney.

And, if not, he can always become a liberal columnist.
21 posted on 01/12/2007 11:46:33 AM PST by chesley ("Socialism" - compassion for those that don't have any.)
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To: CondorFlight

It's about time.


22 posted on 01/12/2007 11:49:30 AM PST by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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To: AbeKrieger

Has the Reveruund Sharpton commented on this case? I have heard nothing from him.


23 posted on 01/12/2007 11:53:17 AM PST by unkus
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To: CondorFlight

so where's 'N.O.W.' on this?

does Nifong get honorary membership?


24 posted on 01/12/2007 11:58:28 AM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: Loyal Buckeye

The Donks will run him for governor.


25 posted on 01/12/2007 12:10:32 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: CondorFlight

These Johnny's are coming very lately if you ask me.


26 posted on 01/12/2007 12:12:09 PM PST by Ieatfrijoles (110%)
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To: King of Florida

You know the saying about broken watches :). This is one of those times.


27 posted on 01/12/2007 12:15:14 PM PST by Domandred
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To: CondorFlight

The mother of one of his victims says the families are going after him. I can't wait. I want every pandering government employee to see what happens to this creep.


28 posted on 01/12/2007 12:27:56 PM PST by D.P.Roberts
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To: Howlin; abb

Nifong ping!


29 posted on 01/12/2007 3:03:38 PM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: gcruse
But the defense attorney's job is to get his client off, whether he thinks his client is guilty or not...

What's your point, that the Duke boys are really guilty?

30 posted on 01/12/2007 3:10:41 PM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: Ohioan from Florida

Not in the least. My point, which I should have made clearer, is that if the DA is supposed to be interested in justice, not convictions, and the defense attorney is supposed to be interested in acquittal, not justice, the notion of finding guilt and punishing it gets underweighted.

In other words, no matter what the DAs are supposed to be interested in, it's my belief they are out to got convictions, not justice. Justice is what's left over when the two sides have finished tearing up the opposition. It's not something either of them pursue.


31 posted on 01/12/2007 3:48:10 PM PST by gcruse (http://garycruse.blogspot.com/)
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To: gcruse

I see your point, and I had misunderstood you. Thanks for your explanation of your position.


32 posted on 01/12/2007 4:52:14 PM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: CORedneck

Re: "Nifong should be ousted and disbarred for his witch hunt against the Duke kids. They are now ruined. They will have this stigma attached to them for a long time."

No one knows who the Duke kids are, unless one takes the trouble to look. Everyone in the country knows who Nifong is, although perhaps not in the context he would like. I was tempted to call his office to "congratulate" him on his picture taking up a good part of the opinion page in yesterday's Wall Street Journal (in a Dorothy Rabinowitz column).

The verb "Nifong" will probably enter the English language, like Boycott (the subject of ostracism in the 19th century) and Quisling (after the infamous Norwegian traitor). E.g. "The Amiraults were allegedly Nifonged by Scott Harshbarger."


33 posted on 01/12/2007 7:04:46 PM PST by Winged Hussar
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To: freespirited

Exactly, she isn't the poor little victim and we need to stop letting them get away with referring to her in this way. She is the false accuser, the liar, the perjurer, the malicious and vindictive deceitful one behind this. Nifong is merely the political opportunist/psychopath who has no problem destroying the lives of innocent people to achieve his political goals.


34 posted on 01/13/2007 4:05:30 PM PST by soldier143 (Veteran OIF, getting ready to go back again (put me in coach I"m ready to fight ))
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To: CondorFlight

No matter how naiive the denizens of a place like Durham NC might be, one single psycho DA acting alone could not flamboozle them this badly. This thing is the work of several hundred committed leftist ideologues in the Duke University administration and faculty.


35 posted on 01/14/2007 8:04:03 AM PST by jeddavis
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