They have five people with law-enforcement backgrounds, one person, a rape crisis counselor, who’s pseudo law-enforcement, and apparently they’re looking for a prosecutor . . . That doesn’t give me a lot of comfort about the necessary diversity on this panel.
Diane Catotti’s appointment of Aurelia Sands Belle—a figure who seems unable to affirm that a rape did not occur—raises obvious conflict-of-interest problems: the Durham Rape Crisis Center over which Belle presides not only received a six-figure grant from the DPD but helped train the very police force whose conduct is under investigation. It seems as if Catotti’s only goal is to produce discord within the inquiry, thereby helping to cover up the abuses associated with the case.
Eugene Brown, on the other hand, offered the kind of appointment that his colleagues should have imitated—a former state senator known for his work on open-discovery issues.
In general, how can it possibly be that the Council has seen fit to appoint to the panel more rape crisis counselors (one) and Nifong campaign donors (one) than practicing criminal defense attorneys?