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In new book, former Durham DA Mike Nifong speaks about Duke lacrosse case
The (Raleigh, NC) News & Observer ^ | March 28, 2014 | Joseph Neff

Posted on 03/29/2014 3:10:03 AM PDT by abb

Former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong has held his tongue since his career imploded in the Duke lacrosse case. But his thoughts are about to land in bookstores, at length and virtually unchallenged.

“The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, The Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities” is scheduled for publication April 8.

The book – $35 in hardback, 650 pages long – bills itself as “the definitive, magisterial account” of a case that generated tens of thousands of news stories, countless blog posts, seemingly endless cable gabfests and a handful of books.

Three Duke lacrosse players were charged with raping and sexually assaulting an escort service dancer, Crystal Gail Mangum, at a team party in March 2006. The players are white and wealthy, Mangum poor and black, and the case blew up into national outrage against the players until the facts emerged: There was no rape, Mangum had made up the story, the players were declared innocent and Nifong was stripped of his law license.

The case made international headlines and generated a new slang verb: to Nifong is “To use the law to destroy innocent people,” according to the website Urban Dictionary.

The author, William Cohan, is a Duke graduate and former investment banker who has written several well-received books about Wall Street.

Most of the new content in the book comes from Cohan’s interviews with Nifong. In the book, Nifong speaks at length about critical junctures in the case. Cohan allows the former prosecutor’s assertions to go unchallenged.

Nifong said he still believes that Mangum was attacked in the bathroom, as does Cohan.

“I am convinced, frankly, that this woman suffered a trauma that night,” Cohan said in an interview Friday. “Something did happen in that bathroom.”

Cohan is sympathetic to Nifong throughout the book. For example, Cohan writes that the charge that Nifong withheld evidence favorable to the defense was “a red herring.” This runs counter to findings from the N.C. State Bar and a Superior Court judge, who ruled that Nifong lied to the court and withheld evidence that helped prove the players’ innocence.

Nifong could not be reached for comment.

‘Sandbagged’ by Cooper?

One of the key moments in the case was April 11, 2007, when Attorney General Roy Cooper dropped charges and ended the case in a news conference televised live nationally.

Cohan wrote that Cooper “dropped a bombshell” at the press conference by declaring the three players innocent.

In the book, Nifong contends that Cooper declared the players innocent because of pressure from defense lawyers.

“Roy Cooper had some real doubt about what the defense board wanted him to do – that is to declare the boys to be actually innocent – which, of course, is something that’s well beyond the purview of the criminal justice system,” Nifong says in the book. “Roy Cooper would’ve lied if he thought it would help him.”

Nifong said that Cooper’s lead investigators, longtime prosecutors Jim Coman and Mary Winstead, were just as shocked as Nifong by the announcement.

“I have to believe, based on my knowledge of Jim Coman and Mary Winstead, that they were every bit as sandbagged by what happened as I was,” Nifong said.

Coman, who recently retired after 40 years in law enforcement, was the head of the Attorney General’s criminal division, former director of the State Bureau of Investigation, and one of the state’s most respected prosecutors.

Nifong is wrong, Coman said. “These characterizations are figments of his imagination,” he said.

Coman said he and Winstead insisted that Cooper declare the players innocent, and Cooper agreed.

“Roy was absolutely appalled at Nifong’s conduct, which gave the North Carolina justice system a black eye,” Coman said.

Evidence of innocence

Coman said all the physical evidence pointed to innocence – DNA tests; cellphone records of the players and Mangum; photographs and videos; and receipts from a gas station, restaurants and debit cards. One player, whom Coman dubbed “Ansel Adams,” photographed and videoed much of the evening.

“I was just adamant,” Coman said. “She lied, she made up a story, and damn it, we’ve got to do the right and ethical thing.”

Coman and Winstead said they were not contacted for the book. Cohan wrote that he tried to interview Cooper, who declined to speak with him.

In 2007, Cooper released a 21-page report explaining the evidence of the players’ innocence; Coman and Winstead wrote the report.

Cohan has filed a lawsuit trying to obtain the underlying documents for the report from Cooper’s office. Under North Carolina state law, criminal investigative records are not public.

Cooper declined to discuss the book with The News & Observer.

Neff: 919-829-4516


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: duke; dukelax; josephneff; lacrosse; mikenifong; nifong; williamcohan
Nifong still lying...
1 posted on 03/29/2014 3:10:03 AM PDT by abb
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To: abner; Alia; beyondashadow; Bitter Bierce; bjc; Bogeygolfer; BossLady; Brytani; bwteim; Carling; ..

ping


2 posted on 03/29/2014 3:12:13 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb

i hope the publisher loses millions.


3 posted on 03/29/2014 3:14:39 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: wiggen

According to our research, author William Cohan was a heretofore reputable writer. By hanging his hat on an interview with the Fong, he’s destroyed himself.


4 posted on 03/29/2014 3:17:41 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb

I can’t make sense out of this article

who is the book’s author, Nifong or Cohen

in the same sentence it says Nifong did and didn’t withhold evidence

if I have to read it more than a couple times to understand it, it is bull


5 posted on 03/29/2014 3:21:38 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

http://durhamwonderland.blogspot.com/2014/03/coman-to-neff-nifong-characterizations.html

Friday, March 28, 2014
Coman to Neff: Nifong Characterizations “Figments of His Imagination”
Joe Neff has a breaking piece in the N&O disproving one of the many questionable assertions in the forthcoming book by author William D. Cohan. (I’m reviewing the book for Commentary, and will also comment here after the book is published.)

Neff observes that “most of the new content in the book comes from Cohan’s interviews with Nifong . . . Cohan allows the former prosecutor’s assertions to go unchallenged.” Neff’s article illustrates the dangers of an author relying on the uncorrobated musings of a convicted liar.

According to Neff, Nifong told Cohan that “I have to believe, based on my knowledge of Jim Coman and Mary Winstead, that they were every bit as sandbagged by [AG Roy Cooper declaring the players innocent] as I was.” Author Cohan, for reasons that remain unclear, elected to publish without attempting to contact either Coman or Winstead for comment. I should note that it appears that many key players on the legal side of the case were similarly never contacted, for reasons that remain unclear.

It turns out—unsurprisingly—that Nifong’s . . . recollection . . . was flawed. Jim Coman told Neff, “These characterizations are figments of his imagination.” After reviewing all of the evidence (it’s not clear, by contrast, how much evidence author Cohan ever saw), Coman concluded the obvious: “[Crystal Mangum] lied, she made up a story, and damn it, we’ve got to do the right and ethical thing” by issuing an innocence declaration.

[Update, for those interested: it might be worth reviewing the AG’s report.]
Posted by KC Johnson at 6:06 PM


6 posted on 03/29/2014 3:26:09 AM PDT by abb
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To: wiggen

Hard-copy, within North Carolina...I’d expect about 1,500 copies to sell. Across the nation, around 3,000 libraries will buy a copy, and maybe another 500 copies get bought by people with an interest in the case.

E-book copies (at $3.99 maybe), there might be another 2,000 copies sold.

Nifong might clear $10,000 by the end of the first year of sales. Nifong is in denial over his involvement, and this is the only way to get his message across and regain some standing in the community. Zero chance of him getting ever involved in politics...so he’s aiming at some foundation picking him up and helping him. On the measurement of a man’s character....this guy lacks common sense to a great degree.


7 posted on 03/29/2014 3:28:18 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

The Fong is mentally unbalanced.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 3:31:46 AM PDT by abb
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To: pepsionice

Nifong is part of the 99% of lawyers who give the other 1% a bad name.


9 posted on 03/29/2014 3:32:37 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb

Words fail me.


10 posted on 03/29/2014 3:33:46 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: abb

I hope the book sells less than 10 copies!


11 posted on 03/29/2014 3:34:39 AM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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To: Tucker39

It’s a mixed bag, really. One the one hand, no one wants this scumbag liar to make a buck. On the other, when he filed for bankruptcy in 2008 he listed his assets (<$300K) and liabilities as greater than $180 million. The $180 million was for six $30 million damage claims by the Duke lacrosse players.

Based on his acknowledgement of the liabilities, I’d say the players could mount a supplementary claim and take everything he makes from the book.

Just my non-lawyer opinion.


12 posted on 03/29/2014 3:51:44 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Tucker39

Oh, it will sell well the the “They were guilty” circle.

They’ll say “See, they were guilty. It’s in the book.”


13 posted on 03/29/2014 3:57:03 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: abb

This remains for me the quintessential example of progressives’ opportunistic political correctness. The statements by Cooper’s lead investigator totally destroys the author’s thesis. What led the author to a denial of the obvious? Since this was never likely to be a money-making book, what led the publisher to support it?

I hope somebody digs into this cesspit a little more.


14 posted on 03/29/2014 3:57:50 AM PDT by bjc (Show me the data!)
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To: abb

Doesn’t the Son of Sam law prevent this kind of thing? I hope the Lacrosse guys sue Nifong for every single penny in his wretched existence. I want to see him begging for food.


15 posted on 03/29/2014 3:58:25 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: abb

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein


16 posted on 03/29/2014 4:16:24 AM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: Tucker39

Found this in a comment about the aforementioned Joe Neff article ... seems to be spot on:
Twenty years ago, an NPR Saturday morning talk show host interviewed a noted mathematician. After a little discussion, they opened the phones to callers. One caller, with great eagerness, began to describe his fascination with how various fractions came closer and closer to pi. He hypothesized that with a little more effort, someone would stumble across just the right fraction. At that point, the mathematician patiently explained to the caller that pi has been proven to be irrational, and therefore, by definition could not be expressed as a ratio of whole numbers. The caller thought about the explanation for a minute, and replied, “Well, I guess that makes me a crackpot.” The mathematician responded by pointing out that he was not a crackpot for thinking that pi might someday be expressed as a ratio of whole numbers, because he was not aware that pi was proven to be irrational. He went on to say, a crackpot is one who continues to argue when confronted with proof. William D. Cohan falls into the latter category


17 posted on 03/29/2014 4:32:58 AM PDT by galtman (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: abb
Nifong was stripped of his law license.

Global warming scientists withhold exculpatory evidence all the time. There should be a significant penalty for that. They should be permanently banned from scientific work. They really belong in the arts of deception such as law and leftist politics.

18 posted on 03/29/2014 4:36:23 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: abb

He’s a Democrat, so it’s no surprise. It’s what they do. Another example of one who would have trouble crossing the street without getting hit.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 4:37:14 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: PeteB570

“””Oh, it will sell well the the “They were guilty” circle.

They’ll say “See, they were guilty. It’s in the book.””””

OJ also wrote a book proclaiming his innocence. Both people that bought the book agreed with him.


20 posted on 03/29/2014 4:49:57 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: abb

When this had been underway for a while I happened to be spending some time where I came in contact with two lawyers and their wives at a out of town setting. These fellows each headed different law firms in North Carolina which is where I was at the time.

They both said Nifong was an incompetent attorney and should never have been given a position with such responsibility. They had no doubt it was a bogus case and told me that they expected that it would fall apart.


21 posted on 03/29/2014 4:56:26 AM PDT by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: KC Burke

Fall apart it did, but only after hundreds of thousands of man-hours and millions of dollars were spent on what should never have gotten past the investigation stage.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 4:59:38 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb
“The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, The Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities”

Um, NO, Nifong, you corrupt @$$hole. You're not getting away with the subtle blaming of the university, "the rich" and everybody but who the blame really belongs on - YOU. Arrogant, disbarred, POS.

23 posted on 03/29/2014 5:24:20 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Nifong said he still believes that Mangum was attacked in the bathroom, as does Cohan... Cohan writes that the charge that Nifong withheld evidence favorable to the defense was “a red herring.” This runs counter to findings from the N.C. State Bar and a Superior Court judge, who ruled that Nifong lied to the court and withheld evidence that helped prove the players’ innocence.

Looks like Cohen’s just the literary equivalent of an ambulance chaser. Thanks abb.


24 posted on 03/29/2014 5:49:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: abb

Nifong must be a hell of a charmer...able to consistently drag people into his gyre...where they drown.


25 posted on 03/29/2014 5:57:40 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street
by William D. Cohan
http://www.amazon.com/House-Cards-Hubris-Wretched-Excess/dp/0767930894
http://www.amazon.com/William-D.-Cohan/e/B001JS0CX2/


26 posted on 03/29/2014 5:59:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: abb

save for later


27 posted on 03/29/2014 6:08:45 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: abb

and I for one will not be contributing to him trying to make a living.


28 posted on 03/29/2014 6:10:53 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: abb

so after destroying four lives, he wants to make money off of it?


29 posted on 03/29/2014 6:14:30 AM PDT by tioga
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To: abb

Mary Mapes syndrome. He still doesn’t know what hit him.


30 posted on 03/29/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck.” - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: abb

The “victim” is now in prison for 2nd degree murder.


31 posted on 03/29/2014 6:28:49 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: abb

This will turn up on the $0.50 rack in about two weeks, and it still won’t move. What a stupid business decision by the publisher - hope they take a major bath.....


32 posted on 03/29/2014 6:30:23 AM PDT by awelliott (What one generation tolerates, the next embraces....)
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To: abb

Absolutely NO ONE SHOULD BUY THIS BOOK OF BS.


33 posted on 03/29/2014 6:42:55 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: abb

“[Update, for those interested: it might be worth reviewing the AG’s report.]”

To wit:

http://www.ncdoj.gov/getdoc/29748585-538e-43be-9de2-113628743d57/SummaryConclusions.aspx


34 posted on 03/29/2014 7:45:52 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: abb

Nifong is part of the 99% of lawyers who give the other 1% a bad name.
-=00=-
Lawyers are still one of the very best garden soil amendments.....hogs like them too.


35 posted on 03/29/2014 2:13:08 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: old and tired

I want to see him begging for food.
-=00=-
Better the jute jig or hempen hop.......


36 posted on 03/29/2014 2:15:35 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: abb
Three Duke lacrosse players were charged with raping and sexually assaulting an escort service dancer, Crystal Gail Mangum, at a team party in March 2006.

Crystal Gail Mangum escort service pole dancer was recently charged with second degree murder in the death of a male acquaintance ... she's a upstanding citizen no question.

37 posted on 03/29/2014 2:26:59 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: BluH2o
Crystal Gail Mangum escort service pole dancer was recently charged with second degree murder in the death of a male acquaintance ... she's a upstanding citizen no question.

She was also convicted.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/11/22/3396116/jury-in-mangum-murder-trial-continue.html

Crystal Mangum found guilty of 2nd-degree murder

38 posted on 03/29/2014 3:31:11 PM PDT by abb
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To: abb

“I am convinced, frankly, that this woman suffered a trauma that night,” Cohan said in an interview Friday. “Something did happen in that bathroom.”

Did we ever learn the size of that bathroom? If “something did happen” in that bathroom, it would have to have happened with the 3 guys and liar Mangum packed in there like sardines unable to move a muscle. What she described not only didn’t happen, but couldn’t have happened, and Nifong knew but didn’t care.


39 posted on 03/31/2014 12:39:30 PM PDT by GAgal
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To: GAgal

If you will recall, the house was demolished in 2010 by Duke University, who owned it.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/07/12/577917/duke-lacrosse-house-demolished.html


40 posted on 03/31/2014 12:43:48 PM PDT by abb
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To: pepsionice

Nifong lied to the public, lied to the judge, lied to the bar, lied to the press.

NOW he is telling the truth?


41 posted on 03/31/2014 12:46:50 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: abb

I bet Mikey is Topic A at every Nifong family reunion, as the name is memorable and now associated with evil-doing.


42 posted on 03/31/2014 4:56:01 PM PDT by GAgal
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To: abb

Maybe he can have a beer with Dan Rather


43 posted on 03/31/2014 4:57:07 PM PDT by BRL
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To: GAgal

The weasel deserves every day of the Hell on Earth that he created for himself...


44 posted on 03/31/2014 5:08:04 PM PDT by abb
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