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"We all need to heal" Translation: "Please Don’t Send Me to Jail"
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Thursday, July 26, 2007

Mike Nifong finally came out and accepted what most of the rest of the world figured out almost a year ago. He gave a complete apology to his Duke victims, and said there is "no credible evidence" a crime was committed.

OK, good so far. Too bad it was done under pressure of further punishment, but at least it's something.

But it wouldn't be 21st Century America without the usual "healing" rhetoric:
"We all need to heal," Nifong said during a court hearing, adding later, "It is my hope that all of us can learn from the mistakes in this case, that all of us can begin to move forward. It is my hope that we can start this process today."
That turns my stomach. "All of us", indeed. Just what mistakes were made by a young lacrosse player who wasn't even on the scene when the crime was allegedly committed?

In fact the group that "needs to heal" is almost entirely disjoint from the group that needs to "learn from the mistakes in the case". The Duke faculty that was so quick to judge on flimsy evidence certainly needs to learn from the mistakes in the case, but it seems highly doubtful that they will do so. Having suffered no discernable harm for their malicious behavior, they have no healing to do.

They, like Nifong, will avoid any responsibility for their actions until outside pressure forces them to do otherwise. Unlike Nifong, they'll probably never see such pressure.
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Jesse Jackson had a child out of wedlock but was cured over a single week-end.

Nifong wants the healing to start today. He hopes to be done by 5:00 as he has a haircut appointment.
Written By: Harun
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Healing? sure... Just don’t contest the civil suits that are going to be filed, and we can heal really fast.

For you, Mr Nifong, it will be more like the Catholics idea of redemtive suffering...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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It is going to be especially fun to watch the Duke victims- who have some money and are really out for blood- attempt to drive this putz into the poorhouse, if not outright into jail
Written By: shark
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I hope that the Group of 88, the professors who took out newspaper ads denouncing the evil lacrosse players, get burned. A steady email campaign might do it but if a couple of big Duke donors demand it, perhaps at least some of them will get flushed.
Written By: Paul
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"I hope that the Group of 88, the professors who took out newspaper ads denouncing the evil lacrosse players...
Yes, Nifong had an interest in this thing that caused him to do what he did. Yes, the (for want of a better description) anti-Nifong people had various axes to grind. But for me, the most miserable MF’ing bastards in this whole affair are the 88.

I could write a paragraph of expletives and still not express what I think of these miserable excuses for humans (yes, that is an overstatement, but you get the drift).

That they will walk - with no punishment whatsoever...
Written By: Robert Fulton
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I’ve always thought that one way to deter Prosecutorial misconduct would be to have them serve the maximum sentence the defendant could have served.

If you fake or hide evidence, you get to switch places with the accused or convicted. Even in Capital cases.
Written By: Jay Evans
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" is my hope that all of us can learn from the mistakes in this case,"

Wrong. Once is a mistake. Repetition of the same misdeed makes it an intentional act. If he had was capable of learning from this "mistake" without outside help(such as a prison sentence), he would have done so many press conferences ago.
Written By: timactual
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