Friday, December 22, 2006

What Mike Nifong Is Now Saying

Absolutely outrageous," said Jason Trumpbour, spokesman for the Friends of Duke University, about Mike Nifong's latest manipulation of the evidence. Trumpbour continued, "It's telling that he didn't go back to the victim in May to ask for an explanation. He only asked for an explanation when the DNA evidence became public."

Here is what Nifong, Durham County's "minister of justice," is now saying people should believe:

1.) Between April 11, when he admitted that he met with the accuser but found her sullen and non-responsive, and December 20, neither Nifong nor anyone from his office spoke with the acuser about the case.

2.) On December 21, for a reason or reasons unknown, Nifong sent his chief "investigator," Linwood Wilson, to speak to the accuser about the case.

3.) In her discussion with Wilson (who was hired by Nifong to help collect bad checks), the accuser said she couldn't remember being raped, but that she could remember being kidnapped and sexually assaulted. This is a wholly new version of her tale.

4.) The accuser's statements in the April 4 lineup are credible when she identifies Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and Dave Evans--but should be ignored when she describes the three of them participating in a rape.

5.) The decision to send Wilson to chat with the accuser had nothing to the revelation last Friday that Dr. Brian Meehan and Nifong entered into an agreement to intentionally withhold exculpatory DNA evidence.

6.) The decision to accept the accuser's latest version of events has nothing to do with the fact that it might make Nifong's decision to withhold the DNA evidence seem less pernicious.

Anyone who believes any of these six items--much less all six--can join Victoria Peterson, Bob Ashley, and the Group of 88, who seem to represent the last bastions of the once formidable army of Nifong enablers.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another one bites the dust!!!!!

Fox at 5pm ....the talking head Liz Whiel has FINALLY succumbed to the truth and admitted the accuser has no credabilty and may have made FALSE accusations.

Amazing...where's Wendy and Grace?????

Sometimes the TRUTH hurts!!
TS

Roper said...

KC... let's keep up the fight.

This day is won, but final victory will come only after Nifong and his vile corruption are swept from Durham forever.

Anonymous said...

What happened to Mike Nifong's idea of prosecuting this case "the old fashioned way" without DNA?

And more importantly, there is still a wrong to be corrected. These boys and their familys have suffered immensely: financially, emotionally, defamed character, and lost opportunities. All because of Mike Nifong rushing to judgement. How can that be corrected?

CMc said...

It almost feels ridiculous to address the nuances of the case at this point; frankly, the whole situation should be laughed at.

But how can the alleged "ejaculation" now be explained if the three accused may not have been using what were, in fact, penises?

Comical...

Anonymous said...

Nifong is being "too clever" for his own good if he thinks dragging out a dismissal over time will allow him to save face.

It won't, because he is now brazenly offending the remaining general public by further undermining public trust -- he's just digging a deeper hole.

Only rationale for him is that every day he drags this out is another day he stays out of prison.

Anonymous said...

Why can't the 3 Duke players press charges against the accuser for filing a false report? Obviously, since she had DNA from 5 separate males, none of them Duke LaCrosse players, she fools around often. I'm sure they wouldn't get any money, but what about justice????

Anonymous said...

Nifong is being "too clever" for his own good if he thinks dragging out a dismissal over time will allow him to save face.

It won't, because he is now brazenly offending the remaining general public by further undermining public trust -- he's just digging a deeper hole.

Only rationale for him is that every day he drags this out is another day he stays out of prison.

Anonymous said...

Nifong needs to be replaced...immediately. He is guiltier than the criminals he prosecutes. He should be disbarred. Think of the $ those guys' families had to spend to defend them against a liar!

bill anderson said...

Here is something from an article regarding Wendy Murphy:

But Wendy Murphy, a former prosecutor who teaches at the New England School of Law, said the decision could actually help Nifong by keeping any discussion about the results of the DNA testing away from the jury.

"It may be that this is a strategic move to insulate the trial itself from a sideshow that certainly would have overwhelmed all the other evidence," Murphy said. "A sideshow about her sex life."


In other words, Murphy wants to keep the lie alive. This is in line with her character. Remember, Murphy has been involved in the prosecution of people falsely accused of child molestation (Fells Acre, and others) and still pushes this "recovered memories" nonsense.

A well-known criminal defense attorney in Boston told me that Murphy is not exactly one of his "favorite persons." She is someone who is unencumbered by truth.

Anonymous said...

Nifong is being "too clever" for his own good if he thinks dragging out a full dismissal over time will allow him to save face (this will never go to trial).

It won't, because he is now brazenly offending the remaining general public by further undermining public trust -- he's just digging a deeper hole.

Only rationale for him is that every day he drags this out is another day he stays out of prison.

Anonymous said...

Staff group photos have been removed from nifong's DA website. Are they fearful of being seen and/or "dragged through the mud"?

Anonymous said...

from a non-attorney: How much time, effort, and dollars did the spend uncovering the Nifong-Meehan DNA hoax, and then coincidentally, the rape charge is dropped? Clearly the DNA spells personal legal problems for Nifong, so how does defuse it? Just drop the rape charge so Nifong's hiding of exculpatory evidence is no longer relevant.

Anonymous said...

in 555 post I omitted the word "defense"- should read "did the defense spend"

sorrry for the confusion

Anonymous said...

Again: isn't the interview with Wilson discoverable to the defense? The actual interview must be something absurd.

John Bruce

Anonymous said...

Remember way back when the defense asked for a bill of particulars. They really need it since the Nifong story and spin changes as the defense disproves their case. Which story of the AV should we believe? Keep in mind, she may script a new version of events next week.

Anonymous said...

Given the specifics of the charges, isn't the reality that even the worst allegations made by anyone at any point were exceeded by the actual charges?

Specifically, how is it that all three victims (the students) were chared with rape when no one ever claimed that they had all committed this act, as defined by NC law? The same resoning may be applied to the remaining chages.

Anonymous said...

Let's see the acrobatics Nifong pulls to keep the FA from testifying, even in a hearing. This is very likely just the first step.

Imagine how's he's going to look if it comes out that he coerced someone to make an identification who, based on conduct in earlier identification sessions, appears not to have wanted to take things to the point of naming names.

According to the family's statements, the FA is in what might fairly be called the Mike Nofing False Witness Protection Program.

Given a propensity to meet with those involved in the case and encourage them to withhold evidence, and a total lack of scruples of any sort, imagine what might come out and the risk in having the FA take the stand.

Anonymous said...

Nifong started out trying to break Messrs. Seligmann, Finnerty and Evans, even though he is bright enough to know the accuser's story was false.

Now Nifong has been elected, but he and his case have been so discredited that he is trying to make the Three blink--that is, agree to a ceasefire.

For America's sake, I hope the Three
Insist upon achieving COMPLETE VICTORY!

They shouldn't be framed.
He must be tamed.

It's a crime, prosecutorial abuse.
Nifong should not be on the loose.

Michael J. Gaynor

Anonymous said...

5:46 - What do you know about Murphy? Where was she a prosucator and for how long? Obviously, the New England School of Law is not Harvard, but why would they keep this hateful person on staff? What is her CV?

Anonymous said...

Staff group photo is removed from DA site - are you sure? Where is C Destine when we need him?

Anonymous said...

How can the FA NOT take the stand? What about the Constitutional right to face one's accuser? Any lawyers know of any precedents other than child victims who did not have to face the accused?

Anonymous said...

no one in the media is talking about prosecuting the welfare-sucking whore

what a joke

Anonymous said...

Thank you Michael Gaynor for all your laudable efforts! If Mr. Nifong remains in office, that will be a disgrace to Durham, North Carolina and the United States. Even if the defendants hypothetically agreed not to go after Mr. Nifong in return for dropping the charges (which of course they won't) wouldn't the Bar and the DOJ still be obligated to investigate and bring charges based on the complaints already filed and the ample evidence of misdeeds already in the public domain?

Ob

theman said...

I dont know why you are against nifong he is just doing his job he knows he cant prove rape so he will prove rape insted I want to get on the jury so I can see precious because I want her to strip

Anonymous said...

"Don't strip -- scholarship!"

"If it doesn't fit, you must aquit!"

"The whole thing is a crock of shit."

The Sword of Justice said...

The noose is tightening on the Gang of 88. It's time for the blogosphere to start researching who these people are, what they've written, and what they've said. It's time to expose the slimy underbelly of Duke's pseudo-academics.

GPrestonian said...

How 'bout:

If there aint no dick

your case is up the crick!


;>)

Anonymous said...

Off topic - Lawyers on TV have their nerve talking about DAs (140,000k a year) being underpaid.
Not all of us in America make that kind of money. Teachers on my home - Las Vegas - start at $37.000.

Anonymous said...

Wendy Murphy, in her comments today on the latest developments in the Duke case, has demonstrated yet again that she is a blithering idiot. Her "legal analysis" is not worth spit. I feel sorry for any students taking law classes from this insipid woman.

Anonymous said...

Why can't we get the name of the accuser? I'm sure someone out there knows this whore's name.... Whoever stated she's a welfare sucker is correct. She is now getting ready to have the 3rd child that you and I are paying for.

Michelle from Madison said...

I kind of have this theory about Nifong. By proceeding with this case. even knowing he can not likely win any conviction against anyone charged, I suspect that as long as he proceeds and claims his actions were “for the victim,” then he can probably not be sued afterwards by any of the defense members. I wonder if he were to totally drop all the charges against all three suspects, then Nifong might be susceptible to both possible civil lawsuits and possible criminal charges against Nifong. His “strategy” might be to proceed to avoid the potential negative sanctions against himself, and it really may be nothing about actually attempting to provide “justice“ to the alleged “victim.“ Anyone thinking the same???????

Anonymous said...

In response to Michelle from Madison....I think Nifong took this case and ran with it because he was running for re-election. He knew if he prosecuted the case, however valid it was, he would get the black votes and female votes in Durham. That's all this was. A politcal ploy on his part.

Anonymous said...

To many years in traffic court bulling other lawyers and defendents rotted his brain. The master of plea bargins and trials just can not handle the pressure.

Anonymous said...

Finally - someone is going to do something about this nut who is abusing his position. Get Nifong out and get someone in that position who is for justice and not for politics. It's about time the NC Bar did something. He needs to be disbarred!