In response to an email from me, Noelle Talley, a spokesperson for AG Roy Cooper, declined to say whether North Carolina law required the swearing-in of public officials to be open to the public.
Meanwhile, leaders of the Recall Nifong campaign expressed amazement at Nifong's bizarre press conference comments that he's part of the solution, not the problem.
Beth Brewer: "I personally think he is the one that caused this problem. To say now that he was not part of the problem and he needs to be part of the solution is just bogus."
Jackie Brown: "Sadly, his performance today only confirms that he doesn't realize that he is the bigger part of the problem. How can anybody who comes through those doors up there, from a traffic ticket to a murder trial, trust that they're going to get a fair trial?"
Brown's comments get at the larger context: how can a county legal system function with a rogue DA at its head?
Meanwhile, the H-S headline? "Nifong Sworn in without Fanfare." Did Bob Ashley attend the Pravda School of Journalism?
Note: For DIW readers in Colorado, I'll be on the Mike Rosen Show, KOA, at 10.20 Mountain Time today; for DIW readers in Alberta, I'll be on CHQR tonight at 7.05 Mountain Time.