John Stevenson might have outdone himself in this morning's H-S. The article's headline: “N.Y. Law Firm Badger's DA's Faithful Aides.” Sounds terrible, on the surface.
Exactly what did the “N.Y. Law Firm” do? One of its partners, Anton Borovina, wrote two
A good reporter might have used the occasion--as Greta Van Susteren has been noting for several weeks--to explore whether ADA's had an ethical obligation to report Nifong to the State Bar as they witnessed first-hand his massive violations of legal ethics. Stevenson had no interest in this matter.
So, while Editor Bob Ashley continues to ignore any reporting on the two issues he promised a Duke October forum the paper would look into—the toxic atmosphere of the Trinity Park neighborhood and the improper actions of the Durham PD—he considers two ADA’s receiving a signed letter from another attorney to be news?
Meanwhile, a second Stevenson article serves as the opening argument of the keep-Nifong-free campaign, downplaying the possibility of either a civil suit or a criminal inquiry. The chief witness? NAACP “case monitor” Irving Joyner. (Stevenson does not mention that Joyner is NAACP “case monitor”and therefore effectively a party to the case.) Referring to the photo lineup, Joyner said, “You would expect the prosecutor to consult with the Police Department. That is a normal role and function of the district attorney. I haven't seen any facts that would suggest he crossed the line into some other role.”
In fact, that's not the normal role of a DA in
Joyner’s comment, moreover, suggests that the new strategy of the “case monitor” will be to defend Nifong by denigrating other
Finally, it appears that Joyner missed the revelations at the September and October hearings, where defense attorneys read police memos from the discovery file, stating that as of March 24—eight days into the inquiry—Nifong assumed personal command of the police investigation. Most people would consider this development to represent Nifong's having “crossed the line into some other role.”
Stevenson's article, unsurprisingly, did not mention these in-court revelations.