At an open forum for the three finalists for the Police Chief job, Ron Hodge, proclaimed
What I know about the Duke lacrosse case and the need for us to rebuild in the community seems to be a perception that's portrayed by you guys in the media. ... I know that our citizens are tired of the Duke lacrosse case, our officers are not so much tired of the Duke lacrosse case, but are probably getting a little impatient with how it's being covered and played out in the media and probably more importantly how people are asking them questions about it out there in the public.No doubt Hodge--who attended meetings in which the flawed April 4 lineup was planned out--wants people to stop asking questions about the case.
And Brianne Dopart of the Herald-Sun described the following scene at the hearing:
Laughter erupted when Hodge said he didn't "recall that the Durham Police Department has been involved in something where we made major mistakes in the past five years."Meanwhile, Ray Gronberg has revealed that the Durham Rape Crisis Center has not one but two major conflicts of interest regarding an appointment to the panel investigating the police handling of the case. First, of course, the group's official position appears still to be that a rape occurred. Second, the group received more than $160,000 from the Durham Police--the very group that it will be helping to investigate.
He explained that the recently released in-house report on police handling of the lacrosse case found "some small" errors, but cautioned against rushing to judgment while the "jury remains out."
"I think in the end we'll be okay."
Does erstwhile Nifong backer Diane Catotti see a problem with these conflicts? Of course not. But then again, since her apparent goal is to use the inquiry to retry the lacrosse case, these conflicts should reassure, not alarm, her,