Today’s N&O has an excellent Niolet/Neff article examining those other than Mike Nifong whose reputation rose and fell as a result of last week’s hearings. Among those whose reputation fell: Kendra Montgomery-Blinn, a former Durham ADA who is the first director of the just-established North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. Incredibly, given her current position, Montgomery-Blinn not only testified for Nifong, but provided a stronger endorsement of him than offered even by Nifong’s lawyers. She suggested to the N&O that her testimony didn’t involve Nifong’s handling of the lacrosse case: you be the judge, based on the clip below (which has a few editorial items in it as well, not added by me).
Neff and Niolet reported that Montgomery-Blinn’s “testimony brought sharp criticism from criminal defense lawyers. Said Joe Cheshire: “It is very troubling for anyone’s faith in the innocence commission when its director testified for a man who tried to put demonstrably innocent people in prison. It’s going to take a lot of work to give anyone any comfort that she can properly screen claims of innocence.”