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WaPo Punches Out on Nifong
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The editors of the Washington Post have called for Mike Nifong to drop all charges in the Duke case...and for further ethics proceeding to be filed against him.
It's been clear for months that Mr. Nifong's case — to the extent he has a case — is riddled with flaws that raise serious questions about his motives and ethics. The accuser's story has been inconsistent and unreliable — and that was even before the latest interview with the prosecutor's office, in which, according to his filing, she said she could no longer be certain she had been penetrated with a penis. The physical evidence was scant at best; the identification procedure — the woman was shown photographs of only Duke lacrosse players — was shockingly shoddy; one defendant seems to have an alibi.

In recent weeks, Mr. Nifong has admitted that he failed, as required, to turn potentially exculpatory information over to the defense: test results that showed the presence of semen from several other men, but not the Duke players, in swabs taken from the woman's body and clothing. Mr. Nifong says it was an accidental oversight. Yet the director of the DNA laboratory says that he and the prosecutor agreed to leave that information out of his report because it was so "explosive." If so, Mr. Nifong has a bigger problem than a botched prosecution. He should be subject to further ethics proceedings by state bar authorities, who filed charges Thursday against him for making inflammatory and misleading comments about the case in its early days.
I will be very surprised if the defendants in this case ever go to trial.
 
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Nifong deserves the courtesy of TAR and Feathers!

first that is.



Such is a good start, we can then play wait and see whom of his colleges have/will earn the same.

In such a way, many of his feather can be dealt with equally! Without further pain to the citizens.

Remember the club!
 
Written By: TC
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All Nifong needs is for one of the players, not even one of the main 3, to plea to something to vindicate himself. Perhaps even if he dangles an expunged record after probation.

I’m guessing not all the players are made of money, especially if they are there on scholarships on the now suspended team. By dragging it out Nifong was probably hoping he just might get that one.
 
Written By: jpm100
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JPM, you’ve just given us a number of reasons for them not to plea to anything, particularly about the money part. Consider the money to be made as a part of a civil suit incidental to this whole thing.
 
Written By: Bithead
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JPM ONLY the main three are being charged with anything...there is no other case, is there?
 
Written By: Joe
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expunged record after probation.
I’m sure their lawyers are conferring - why settle for an expungement when they can settle for all charges dropped as long as they hang tough.
But courtesy of the arrest their ’record’ is still quite present via the miracle of the internet (Yeah, MK, I’m b*tching about the rights of the accused).

Would you plea down if you knew you hadn’t done anything? It looks like she picked these three pretty much at random, so there’s every chance they are completely innocent.

 
Written By: looker
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Would you plea down if you knew you hadn’t done anything?
Well, that kinda depends, doesn’t it?

I mean, we’ve seen enough people screaming about torture, and how under such, the ’victim’ will cop to ANYTHING to get it to stop.

Now, if we take that seriously, the difference between that and this, seems to me a matter of degree. I’m a defenseless schoolkid; How’m I going to stand up to Nifong, who has the weight of the government behind him? After a year or two, I may at least consider copping a plea just to get him off my @$$.

Now, granted that situation has changed, and Nifong’s case has fallen apart quite visibly, and so the students are in more of a position of power than they would be otherwise. But that kind of case failure not the rule, but the exception.
 
Written By: Bithead
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Bit - yeah, sad isn’t it?

On a continuing side-bar do you think MK would even begin to recognize we’re not for having fair and impartial trials followed by swift hangings as a general rule, or will that continue to escape his notice. Odds?
 
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(snort)
 
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