ABC’s Law&Justice Unit yesterday interviewed Linda Fairstein, the former head of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Unit.
Her evaluation of Mike Nifong’s performance was devastating:
1) The accuser’s ever-evolving tale: Changes occur “within a day or two of the attack,” said Fairstein. “Six to eight months later is not when the story begins to shake out. It’s in the days that follow.” Moreover, the accuser’s “reluctance at this stage isn’t a sign that she’s not sure what happened—it’s a red flag that there are things wrong with the story.”
2.) Nifong: “There’s no excuse for the way this prosecution has proceeded . . . The shocking aspect of that to me is that Nifong only met with her once or twice. He himself had not done a sit down interview once he learned that the initial allegations seemed to be inconsistent.”
3.) Law 101: “You have to take that story, prove it occurred, and prove that it’s these men who did it . . . [Instead,] it seems to me that she was embraced by the prosecutor and his team immediately. They coddled her and took her side in this.”