Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Nifong Hearing

A week from Friday is the hearing on Mike Nifong's attempt to have the most serious ethics charges against him dismissed.

The motion appears highly unlikely to succeed, but I plan to be in Raleigh to live-blog the hearing.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dude - get a life.

They did it.

Move on.

Anonymous said...

KC - Have you ever seen Nifong in person before? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

While you're there, see if you can find out who's paying Nifong's legal bills. (I'd be willing to bet it's the state). The motion appears to be largely frivolous, and seems to have been written primarily to generate billable hours for Nifong's lawyers.

Anonymous said...

The state is picking up the tab. But they have paid him in his corrupt splendor for years, so what's a few more hundred thousand dollars, eh?

7:46 - they did what?

Anonymous said...

I wish I could see it. Maybe they could broadcast via "pay per view" and use the money to pay the legal fees for the defendants. I would pay to watch.

Anonymous said...

hey 7:46:00,

Like it or not, if it were not for the heroic, persistent efforts of KC and too few others, this Hoax would have railroaded 3 innocent young men. As it is, this fraud has gone on now for more than a year, with no discernible end in sight. As Perpetrator-in-chief, Nifong deserves nothing less than complete justice for his heinous actions, including loss of job and pension. Hopefully, the pendulum will finally start to swing the other way on Friday the 13th, and thankfully KC will be there to chronicle this event for the side of truth and justice.

I suggest you consider heeding your own words - take a good hard look in the mirror dude, recognize the witless wonder, then do us all a favor, and move on.

Anonymous said...

To 7:46:

Dude:
The Duke players had lives; good lives.

They didn't do it.

They can't move on until this is over.

Get a clue; just don't bother to get it from DPD.

KC Johnson said...

Yes, I have seen Nifong: I attended the October and December hearings. He was, to put it mildly, not impressive.

Anonymous said...

KC--

You have certainly earned the feeling of immense satisfaction that you must feel when you see Nifong "in the dock" (as it were) on the defensive and trying to explain himself. I know I do just thinking about it. That's exactly where he should be.

madder than a hornet said...

KC,

If I could be there, I would like to have the honor to be your driver again. I am writing a book "The Day I drove a Blog Star"!

You are a daily source of assurance that the truth will prevail in this horrible travesty of justice. Thank you from our family for your countless hours.

7:46 you are so wrong and I wonder if you found yourself falsely accused of a felony crime how you would feel to read postings like yours. Shame on you

Anonymous said...

Because you were there, you know what happened...

Anonymous said...

9:42

Well alrighty then - you might try reading some of KC's postings here. You might learn something. I am an optimist.

Dukex4 said...

I still find it literally breathtaking that people like the first poster really wish a rape had occurred.

Now that is obscene.

bill anderson said...

K.C.,

Show no mercy. Nifong showed none, and I hope the Bar does not show any, either.

Anonymous said...

8:06:00 PM,

Why do you say the state is picking up the tab for Nifong's lawyers? I doubt you are correct. Maybe the state bar (or some court in connection with an appeal) has the power to require the state to pay Nifong's legal fees, but even that would be surprising.

Anonymous said...

10:15 - you might be right - I wrote in haste and have not been able to find any reference to who is paying Mr. Nifong's legal bills. I guess I had a "straight from memory" moment, and withdraw my previous statement.

Anonymous said...

JLS says....

Professor Johnson, have you introduced yourself to Nifong yet? Perhaps he would enjoy meeting you and I am sure he would say you wouldn't want to go up against him. Ha!

Mike Lee said...

I hope that Rae Evans has a front row seat right next to KC. Very ballsy 7:46, we already know there are plenty of idiots in the world by virtue of the need for blogs like this. Thanks for not letting us forget there are morons like you out there.

Anonymous said...

Let's see. State Bar gets paid by taxpayer's of NC by prosecuting a thug DA who is paid by taxpayer's on NC. State AG becomes involved at taxpayer expense at request of thug Durham DA. Sitting Governor about broke the State when he kept appealing Faulkenbury vs NC State Retirement lawsuit at taxpayer expense. All should read Michael Gaynor's latest post of the horrific murder's of young white couple in Knoxville Tenn in Jan 2007.

Chicago said...

I am wondering if Nifong has to use vacation days for these days when he is in court defending himself. Is he getting paid for his daily duties (that he is neglecting) while he is defending himself?

Anonymous said...

Can someone link the Michael Gaynor piece? Apologies if I've missed it...

Anonymous said...

Michael Gaynor article
http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/gaynor/070404

Anonymous said...

Actually I believe the Bar has requested that Nifong be taxed with the cost of the proceeding -- doesn't that mean that he'd not only have to pay for his own defense but be taxed for the Bar's costs as well??

Anonymous said...

Michael Gaynor must read article

Steven Den Beste said...

At this point it is the North Carolina Bar which is effectively on trial. The Nifong case is so blatant, and so high profile, that if the Bar doesn't nail him to the wall then the Bar itself will be discredited, and very likely lose its power to deal with cases like this when the NC Legislature next meets.

And I'm sure that the powers that be in the Bar are aware of this. They're not going to go easy on Nifong because they cannot. Even if they wanted to help him out and sweep things under the rug, it isn't possible. He has to be sacrificed, and he's going to be.

Not, mind, that this will be any kind of injustice. He has earned everything that's coming to him, including possible criminal indictments for perjury, and for suborning perjury.

His defense counsel has to do the best job possible to get his client off, of course; it's his duty. But it's probably a futile effort, and this hearing is going to be savage.

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Anonymous said...

Carolyn says:

KC, this is poetic justice!

YOU are one of the main reasons why this Friday the 13th meeting is taking place! Sit in the front row, wave to Nifong (while resisting the urge to use your middle digit ;>) ) and richly enjoy what you have helped bring about. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Anonymous said...

This hearing could pull the trigger on killing this hideous beast.

Some speculate that since Nifong cannot possibly endure a trial (or its consequences) that fully lays bare all of his misconduct, even in his megalomaniacal state he must be ready for some kind of deal. Maybe like, he quits the DA post and accepts disbarment for a limited time (hopefully, no less than 5 years).

But, clearly no deal is gonna happen until after the dismissal motions are denied -- and denied fully and flatly, with a message of much worse to come.

And if Nifong does leave office in disgrace, this could be just what the SP needs as impetus to blow down the whole rest of the house of cards.

So, to those who ask, "What is the SP witing for?" -- maybe the answer is, "Friday the 13th".

Anonymous said...

"They" equals Nifong, Gottleib, Stephens, et al.
You are now landing in North Carolina, set your judicial calender back one hundred and fifty years.

Mike Lee said...

With all due respect to KC and his fantastic work:

I'm afraid that the entire premise of his post is completely wrong. He wrote, "Yesterday, the last of the pro-accuser websites, ourheartsworld.com, closed down." THIS IS COMPLETELY FALSE.

As long as the NC NAACP website has the ridiculous list of biased talking points that paints the players as guilty, there is still at least one very pro-accuser website out there.

I'm sure KC can explain his rationale for making that statement, but let's not forget that the NC NAACP continues to post this garbage and insist (despite all the evidence to the contrary) that "something happened."

P. Rich said...

Politics. The Democratic Party is firmly entrenched in NC, from top to bottom of the state. The legal profession is a major state and national Democratic Party contributor, which means among other things that the NC Bar likely leans heavily, and actively, Democratic. Nifong is a Democratic Governor appointee, thus his politics are not in question. So what?

Well, this adds up to the fact that all the players share political interests and Party affiliation, which argues for a watered down outcome as far as the Fong is concerned. If he were somehow Republican affiliated, he would be drawn and quartered. He isn't, so he won't be.

Have a good trip, KC.

Anonymous said...

Friday the 13th, eh?

Too cool!

Let's hope that the equivalent of a Jason Voorhees and his maniac Mommy, played by oldtimer Betsy Palmer, await Mikey.

I'd love to see Rae Evans get ahold of him.

Debrah

Anonymous said...

If it were legal to bet (ha, ha) I would bet ten dollars that Nifong won't show up on friday the 13th, claiming illness or some other reason. Just to drag it out further.

Bill Alexander

Anonymous said...

KC,
I think this is the same week as the quarterly Bar Counselor's meeting. I'll check with "Bar Buddy". I'll see if he'll give you some scoop, if there is any. Be SURE to wear your Duke bow tie!! (He'll know who to talk too!)

Kemp

Anonymous said...

KC,
Talked to "Bar Buddy". Counselor meeting is NEXT week(16th-20th), so they won't have to look at the scumbag.
Kemp

Anonymous said...

KC you are the man? Maybe a red, white and blue bow tie.