The Herald-Sun editorial page today—at long last—criticized a
So, as Durham’s paper of record remains silent about the city having a “minister of justice” that the State Bar has accused of breaking three laws and making public utterances characterized by fraud and misrepresentation, the H-S criticized Easley for telling NYU Law students that he appointed Nifong as a placeholder.
Instead, the H-S muses, “Why would Easley appoint someone who wouldn’t make a good full-time DA? . . . In the final analysis, the comments don’t reflect well on Gov. Easley. If he’s being truthful, then he’s describing a very questionable process of making appointments.”
To the contrary, Nifong’s misconduct—acknowledged by virtually everyone except the H-S editorial staff and the Group of 88—provides a compelling example of exactly why Easley would have wanted an interim D.A. It seems the governor understood that Durham’s politics were more cutthroat than elsewhere in the state, and that appointing someone who planned to run in 2006 risked politicizing the office.
This, of course, is exactly what Nifong did—and there’s nothing “very questionable” about that record.