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Nifong Issues Apology to Ex-Lacrosse Players
WRAL.com ^ | April 12, 2007 | Associated Press

Posted on 04/12/2007 1:00:49 PM PDT by GOPRaleigh

Nifong Issues Apology to Ex-Lacrosse Players

Posted: 2 minutes ago

Durham — The local prosecutor who charged three Duke lacrosse players with raping a stripper apologized Thursday, acknowledging the decision of state prosecutors to dismiss all charges against them was correct.

"To the extent that I made judgments that ultimately proved to be incorrect, I apologize to the three students that were wrongly accused," Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong said in a statement.


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To: GOPRaleigh
"To the extent that I made judgments that ultimately proved to be incorrect, I apologize to the three students that were wrongly accused," Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong said in a statement.

BULL$#!^! Nifong didn't make honest mistakes; he knowingly covered up exculpatory evidence.

51 posted on 04/12/2007 1:09:00 PM PDT by steve-b (It's hard to be religious when certain people don't get struck by lightning.)
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To: Howlin

You know - I want to see the video tape of Nifong when he tried to explain how the INNOCENT players held and choked her. Remember that?!

I wish the media would stop showing Nifong in his robe - ugh. He may need that robe in prison...


52 posted on 04/12/2007 1:09:48 PM PDT by GOPRaleigh (I'll be back after these messages...)
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To: GOPRaleigh

>> I made judgments that ultimately proved to be incorrect<,

Ya think??? You’re going to be singing “Who’s Sorry Now” From your jail cell, before I’m satisfied, so I can just imagine what the Duke kids and their parents think about your apology.


53 posted on 04/12/2007 1:10:12 PM PDT by sissyjane (Fred!!)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Liberalism is a mental disease!


54 posted on 04/12/2007 1:10:27 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: ohioWfan

He sacrificed three innocent college boys to win his damn election and damn near caused a race riot.

No punishment that can come to him will be sufficient.


55 posted on 04/12/2007 1:11:10 PM PDT by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: onyx
No punishment that can come to him will be sufficient.

Hear! Hear!!

56 posted on 04/12/2007 1:11:58 PM PDT by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops. NOW more than ever!!.)
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To: sissyjane

He better not bend over to pick up a bar of soap!


57 posted on 04/12/2007 1:12:13 PM PDT by TommyDale ("Rudy can win the War on Terror!" Perhaps, but for whose side?)
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To: GOPRaleigh
Those kids are right. If this can happen to three people whose families can afford a combined 7 figure criminal defense lawyer bill, imagine how many people without these resources are sitting in jail as a result of similar prosecutorial tactics. It is frightening.
58 posted on 04/12/2007 1:12:14 PM PDT by HaveHadEnough
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To: All
I think I am going to puke. This apology is so transparent it is funny. At this point in time the only way Nifong could make this right is to resign as DA of Durham, go home and commit hara-kiri.
59 posted on 04/12/2007 1:12:24 PM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: TommyDale
He would have put these young men away for 30 years without losing a wink of sleep.

He deserves every lawsuit the families can muster!

60 posted on 04/12/2007 1:12:26 PM PDT by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President, 2008!!)
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To: American Quilter
Typical non-apology apology. Insufficient. I hope the players sue him—perhaps it will serve as a warning to other dishonorable prosecutors.

The legal costs are estimated at $1 million per student. A jury trial with a nice punitive award, also, would be nice.

61 posted on 04/12/2007 1:12:32 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: Suzy Quzy

Actually, it’s more of a moral disease......


62 posted on 04/12/2007 1:12:35 PM PDT by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops. NOW more than ever!!.)
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To: GOPRaleigh

Take away his livlihood and assets and then throw the sob in jail for a long time. That is the apology I’m looking for.


63 posted on 04/12/2007 1:12:50 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: TommyDale

You mean his cell mates might think he really is Connie Francis?


64 posted on 04/12/2007 1:13:19 PM PDT by sissyjane (Fred!!)
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To: ohioWfan

I don’t know if it’s been said yet but if so it bears repeating TOO LIITLE TOO LATE!


65 posted on 04/12/2007 1:13:27 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: GOPRaleigh

An apology only a lawyer could love. Even a bad one :-)


66 posted on 04/12/2007 1:13:51 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Encourage illegal immigration! Maybe you too can be hit and killed by a drunk driver!)
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To: GOPRaleigh

“...that were wrongly accused.” Right. He uses the passive tense, as if the libelous accusation of rape came out of the sky, like a bolt of lightning.

Nifong, the best way for you to apologize not only to the players, but to your wife and daughter, is to crawl into a hole and pull your rock in after you. Join the French Foreign Legion (the nom de guerre “Sac d’Engrais” fits you) so they can forget you ever existed.


67 posted on 04/12/2007 1:14:11 PM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: Guenevere
As one who generally opposes lawsuits, I couldn't agree more.

Make this as big and punitive as it can get..........and a little jail time wouldn't be out of order either.

68 posted on 04/12/2007 1:14:14 PM PDT by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops. NOW more than ever!!.)
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To: GOPRaleigh

That puts him one up on Sharpton, Jackson,and the New York Times.


69 posted on 04/12/2007 1:14:34 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: GOPRaleigh

Three lives ruined is barely worth 1 sentence?? Amazing

Pray for W and Our Troops


70 posted on 04/12/2007 1:14:54 PM PDT by bray (The Surge is Working against both enemies of America)
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To: SF Republican
When this was discussed on our local talk radio they said when they presented the photo lineup to the hook excuse me accuser they only presented photos of the the lacrosse players. They did not throw any photos of known innocents.
71 posted on 04/12/2007 1:15:01 PM PDT by Kimmers (Coram Deo)
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To: pnh102
Someone in NC needs to go over every single case that Nifong's office has handled to ensure that no innocent people were wrongly convicted of any crime. Nifong himself must be prosecuted because the handling of this case could not possibly be the result of negligence. Any honest lawyer would have dropped these charges long ago due to lack of evidence and witness credibility issues. The only possible explanation for this conduct must be malice.

The second sad part of this (after the three guys and their parents went through 13 months of Hell) will be the taxpayers having to fork over money to have EVERY case Nifong's office ever touched. The taint will cost millions, go on for years, and increase the burden on their legal system. What ever the local government pays to the boys will be peanuts compared to the other bill.

72 posted on 04/12/2007 1:15:21 PM PDT by pikachu (Breakfast is the most important beer of the day!)
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To: traderrob6
It's been said, but IMO, it can't be repeated enough.

He would have been better to keep his despicable mouth shut than offer this phony 'apology.'

73 posted on 04/12/2007 1:15:29 PM PDT by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops. NOW more than ever!!.)
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To: GOPRaleigh

If Nifong does not face criminal prosecution and disbarrment for his blantant use of his office powers to influence his own re-election, then its time to refresh the tree of liberty.


74 posted on 04/12/2007 1:15:37 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: GOPRaleigh
"To the extent that I made judgments that ultimately proved to be incorrect, I apologize to the three students that were wrongly accused."

Hmmmm let's run that through the Semantic Analyzer shall we? NiFong's statement when trimmed down to its essentials reads as follows:

"                                 "

75 posted on 04/12/2007 1:16:10 PM PDT by PackerBronco
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To: HaveHadEnough
I heard on Hannity either a parent or one of the attorneys say a partner in his law firm represented Ray Donovan. These students had access to some real heavy hitters and Nifong never knew what hit him.
76 posted on 04/12/2007 1:16:12 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is the Democrat's George Galloway?)
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To: beer
Nifong is a political vote whore!

77 posted on 04/12/2007 1:16:18 PM PDT by beeber (stuned)
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To: Sicon
Nifong is going down

I sincerely hope so.

78 posted on 04/12/2007 1:16:25 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: popdonnelly

Duke apology count:

Nifong: 1
NY Times: 0
Al Sharpton: 0
Jesse Jackson: 0
The Durham Herald: 0
The News & Observer: 0
Nancy Grace: 0
Others: 0

Nifong has an insurmantable lead.


79 posted on 04/12/2007 1:16:27 PM PDT by GOPRaleigh (I'll be back after these messages...)
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To: Guenevere

I am ticked at Nifong,but I am also ticked at the coward who refuses to prosecute that black woman who started this whole thing.

She deserves jail time too.

Also where is Jesse jackson and Al Sharptons apology,and where is the apology of the 88 idiot professors.

I hope they never get another good nights sleep after trying to hang these young men.

Two things that make my post meaningless.

The professors could care less. They dont have a conscience among them, and the black girl would never get convicted in Carolina as long as one black was on the jury.


80 posted on 04/12/2007 1:16:41 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: ohioWfan
Oh I'm not lawsuit crazy either...

..but this could have been your son...or mine.

This man is dangerous, evil and a sociopath, IMO.

Throw the book at him!

81 posted on 04/12/2007 1:16:48 PM PDT by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President, 2008!!)
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To: GOPRaleigh

You forgot Wendy Murphy, I believe.


82 posted on 04/12/2007 1:17:12 PM PDT by sissyjane (Fred!!)
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To: Crawdad
Nifong has some kind of mental problem.

Maybe he's just a really mean person.

No, he is just a democrat. Winning by any means no matter who you destroy is just business as usual. After all he really needed those black voters in order to win his election.

83 posted on 04/12/2007 1:17:28 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: GOPRaleigh

“Nah Nah Nah Nah... Nah Nah Nah Nah... Hey Hey Hey...”


84 posted on 04/12/2007 1:17:29 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: GOPRaleigh

“To the extent that I made judgments that ultimately proved to be incorrect...”

“....I crashed and burned.”


85 posted on 04/12/2007 1:18:23 PM PDT by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: sissyjane

Sorry, feel free to add Ms. Murphy and the 88 professors.


86 posted on 04/12/2007 1:18:26 PM PDT by GOPRaleigh (I'll be back after these messages...)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia
One thing that stands out to me was his out of court statements against the defendants that proved to be lies. Also, I seem to recall that he failed to provide exculpatory evidence to the defendants (Brady vs. Md.).

For the first, he can be sued for libel and/or slander by the three former defendants.
For the second, he will be disbarred.

87 posted on 04/12/2007 1:18:32 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Don't question faith. Don't answer lies.)
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To: GOPRaleigh

Not good enough. Far too little and far too late.


88 posted on 04/12/2007 1:18:51 PM PDT by Netizen (More Americans killed by illegal aliens than Iraq war 2,158 ea year - Center for Immigration Studies)
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To: TommyDale

This is just to avoid the bad answer to the question at trial: “and, Mr. Nifong, you never even apologized to the players did you?”

He’s still getting sued and the apology doesn’t matter. It just avoids one bad answer.


89 posted on 04/12/2007 1:19:10 PM PDT by anton
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To: bray
Three lives ruined is barely worth 1 sentence?? Amazing

1 sentence with at least three qualifier.

1. To the extent

2. judgments that ultimately proved to be incorrect

3. Wrongly accused. (Only the alleged victim does the accusing so he is not even taking responsibility for this)

with all the qualifier the words I apologise barely stand out.

90 posted on 04/12/2007 1:19:28 PM PDT by CharacterCounts
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To: sgtbono2002; ohioWfan

IMO, the DA held off prosecuting the stripper as an appeasement to the ‘community’....(am I being clear?)


91 posted on 04/12/2007 1:19:39 PM PDT by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President, 2008!!)
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To: GOPRaleigh

92 posted on 04/12/2007 1:19:43 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: GOPRaleigh

Duke apology count:

Nifong: 1
NY Times: 0
Al Sharpton: 0
Jesse Jackson: 0
The Durham Herald: 0
The News & Observer: 0
Nancy Grace: 0
Others: 0

Nifong has an insurmantable lead......

88 professors 0!


93 posted on 04/12/2007 1:19:46 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Guenevere
This man is dangerous, evil and a sociopath, IMO.

Throw the book at him!

I completely agree. He's dangerous, and needs to be punished.......severely.

94 posted on 04/12/2007 1:19:58 PM PDT by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops. NOW more than ever!!.)
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To: popdonnelly
That puts him one up on Sharpton, Jackson,and the New York Times.

And believe it or not, this is exactly the out that Sharpton and Jackass have been looking for. Now instead of apologizing they will publicly lay blame for their remarks on Nifong for deliberately misleading them.

Another victory for the race pimps.
95 posted on 04/12/2007 1:20:01 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: GOPRaleigh
You sorry piece of crap Nifong you have ruined their lives. They will have to have letters from the state every time they apply for a job or loan as their background investigation will state that they were arrested and indicted for rape. That cannot be erased from the federal crime computer and will show up again and again.

You of course cannot be sued for your actions as a PERSECUTOR because like a judge anything you do in office as it concerns a case is totally outside any legal civil courts jurisdiction in other words you as a judge are immune.

96 posted on 04/12/2007 1:20:03 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the US Senate)
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To: GOPRaleigh

That’s the lamest non-apology I’ve ever seen...... what a scumbag, even now he cannot issue a genuine apology (not that it would mean anything after what he’s done to these guys and their families). LIEfong needs be disbarred for starters, and then he should be sent to jail for as long as he would have sent these innocent guys to jail..... OK, I suppose the latter is not legally possible, so let’s just give some life-long humiliation for the LIE-fong.


97 posted on 04/12/2007 1:20:07 PM PDT by Enchante (Liefong, Fitzfong, Earlefong, Schumfong, Waxfong, Pelosifong.... see a pattern here?!?)
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To: GOPRaleigh
The apology along with an offer to reimburse the boys and their families their legal fees, plus interest would be nice.
98 posted on 04/12/2007 1:20:48 PM PDT by Kimmers (Coram Deo)
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To: GOPRaleigh

I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard a lawyer apologize for something in my entire life. This is an earth-shattering event here!


99 posted on 04/12/2007 1:21:11 PM PDT by jpl
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To: traderrob6
Gotta revise your scores ...

Duke apology count:

Nifong: 0.1
NY Times: 0
Al Sharpton: 0
...

100 posted on 04/12/2007 1:21:25 PM PDT by PackerBronco
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