Friday, July 20, 2007

The Defense Thirteen

The 13 issues identified by the defense attorneys as worth exploring for the Whichard Committee:
1. Who's in Charge?
2. Sergeant Shelton
3. Moez Elmostafa
4. The DPD Public Statements
5. Sergeant Gottlieb's Supplemental Case Notes
6. The DNA
7. The Search Warrant Affidavit
8. Jason Bissey
9. When Did They Plan and Cover-up
10. The False Accuser's Weekend
11, Her Work Schedule
12. Was She Drunk?
13. The "Identification" Process

35 comments:

inman said...

Please excuse this most certain faux pas. But since it bagan with my discourse with Houston Baker, I thought it might be of interest.

O...for all who may like to critique my first work,,,,

http://bubba-truth.blogspot.com/...


I know no other way to get you there.

Please excuse any lack of proper behavior.

With humility.
Thank you.

Tom Inman

Anonymous said...

This list represents the best service of this blog, both for the committee and for the reader. This is the first blog I've read regularly, and I finally understand something of what the technology hath wrought. There should be a Pulitzer prize for writings like this. The problem is, the people with the power to do something are spending their time trying to cover their butts instead of learning something. Thanks, KC. I hope you'll do this again. -- Steve

Anonymous said...

I don't see what I consider the most egregious episode in the whole case: Linwood Wilson's "mooning of the system" (Prof Coleman) in his December interview of Mangum.

Is it subsumed in one of the other 13?

Diesel

Anonymous said...

The was she drunk point is going to be difficult to prove unless she was given an alcohol test. CGM has given conflicting statements (surprise) regarding her alcohol consumption that night. That only leads to her behavior, which could be a symptom of alcohol use or perhaps of mental illness.

Is it possible that people who were with her earlier in the day could testify to her alcohol consumption?

Anonymous said...

Una lista magnifica.

¡ Muy excellente !

Debrah

Anonymous said...

"I don't see what I consider the most egregious episode in the whole case: Linwood Wilson's "mooning of the system" (Prof Coleman) in his December interview of Mangum."


Maybe they chose not to investigate this since Wilson was not a member of the DPD. However he did have a badge.

gs said...

Lets them review the deputy chief who said I reviewed the case procedures and see nothing irregular.

Detectives not taking contemporary notes, line up procedures violated, Chain of command overturned, police statements made to the public that were known to be untrue at the time they were made.

But He did not see anything wrong. I wonder why he was not picked for the new chief?(lol)

Laughter erupted when [DPD deputy chief Ronald H.] 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."

Anonymous said...

@ Inman

I read it. I could not leave a comment because you have to have some google id to do so, and I do not like the folks at google.

JeffM

Anonymous said...

Can't somebody just link this bullshit? Don't just type out web addresses. That's no good.

inman said...

JeffM ....

I am trying to solicit critical comments on style, content etc. my e-mail is tsi53@aol.com

Michael said...

This list appears to be relative to the DPD.

I could easily come up with a list of 13 for Nifong alone

AND a separate list of 13 for Mr Linwood Wilson.

Prof Johnson: thanks for posting the list!
and thank you so much for being our eyes and ears
at the committee meeting today.

Anonymous said...

An ode to poor Mikey and Cy....with a bit of much-needed musical and dramatic license, of course......

What_Goes_Around

Debrah

Anonymous said...

Bubba Inman

Read it...very well written.

Strikes me as something that might be in the early chapters of a novel as the narrator introduces himself to the audience. And this would seem to be of good quality for that sort of thing.

Are you writing mainly for your own self-exploration or to develop certain points? A diary can be interesting, but is chiefly of interest to the writer himself.

So in what direction will this go?

D White

Anonymous said...

Yeah, what direction will it go if there's no goddamn link? What lame bullshit.

Anonymous said...

To K.C. Johnson: Not only the best blogger in the history of Earth (certainly pre-1970), but he is also, unlike most other non-denominational ministers, very responsive to his congregation. Thanks! I've been wanting to see this list. I wonder if they were the headings on Cooney's PowerPoint presentation?
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To Debrah: Thanks for the Aurelia link! I'm going to post about it later.
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Here is my list of recommendations for the Whichard Committee:

1. Fire Himan
2. Fire Gottlieb
3. Fire Ripberger
4. Fire Lamb
5. Fire Hodge
6. Fire Addison
7. Fire Chalmers
8. Fire Baker
9. Promote Sgt. Shelton
10. Never cede duties to D.A.
11. Settle with Duke Three
12. Settle with other players
13. Settle with Elmostafa
14. Grand Jury changes

-Transcripts
-Exculpatory evidence

15. Independent Audit

-For skill levels
-For training needs

16. Cut ties to Crimestoppers
17. Implement notetaking rule

-Discipline non-notetaking
-Strict policy

18. Tape all statements
19. Regular staff meetings
20. Recommend criminal charges
21. Less lying
22. No more fabricated evidence
23. Public reprimand for Mayor

-If indicated by evidence
-Buck stops there
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"Fishing for fraud,
a blogger's troll,
K.C. casts,
a Shakespeare pole.

He caught a shark,
snagged through fin,
with Pound's finesse,
He'll bring it in.

So many sharks,
chum by his boat,
K.C. casts and casts,
To keep afloat."

-Ancient Chinese Proverb

MOO! Gregory

Anonymous said...

TO Gregory--

You're SO above average.

Kiss! Kiss!

Debrah

Anonymous said...

Gregory,
What about CGM? Are you totally giving her a pass?

How about a one-way ticket to Oz? She can dance with the Munchkins.

AF

Anonymous said...

Listen up!

Prick up your ears!

()))))))) KC's Theme Song and Melodic Groove (((((((()

Midnight_Hour

Debrah

Anonymous said...

I smell a conspiracy.

Anonymous said...

Dear 10:46:

Are you incapable of highlighting an address, right-clicking to copy, and pasting it into the bar at the top of your screen? I know, clicking "go" must be the deal-breaker.

Jimmy said...

Inman, get an editor. Regert. Prostrate. Close but no cigar.

And remember folks, the focus of the commission is the DPD. Sure we still care about Nifong receiving proper justice, but today is all about the police force and the pustule of corruption and incompetence that is about to burst for all to see.

No justice, no peace said...

Inman's bubba-truth

Anonymous said...

12:31
That crap is awful. That's why none of us will bring our personal diaries here. Why would anyone want to let others read that shit?

Anonymous said...

There is a very important issue missing from the list of 13 shown. The missing issue is the relationship between the DPD and Duke University, particularly the students. It is fairly clear that certain DPD officers targeted, and may continue to target, Duke students for arrest and abuse. Duke students are not entitled to a free pass if they break the law, but they are entitled to their constitutional and civil rights under any circumstances. Do DPD personnel receive any training on constitutional and civil rights of citizens? What steps will be taken to bring the DPD and Duke University together and eliminate or reduce the obvious tension that currently exists? Until this is fixed, parents of Duke students and the students themselves should not rest easy. Unless addressed, it will only be a matter of time before there is another incident with a Duke student or students triggered by a retaliatory DPD.

Anonymous said...

I think that we may be in for something even more bizarre!

There are three items in this list that make me wonder what really happened with possibly CGM and maybe some local officials, and or a wider cover up or intimidation action by the DPD;

1. Jason Bissey – he was just a small part, a neighbor what else does he know, or was he also intimidated by DPD?

2. The false accusers weekend – since it is already well known that GCM is a mentally ill prostitute with a history of criminal behavior, what is to be gained by looking at her weekend other then somebody possibly in the DPD or the Durham prosecutor’s office who used her services that weekend?

3. Her work schedule; once again what is to be gained by this other then possibly exposing someone!

I think the defense attorneys are highly intelligent and are trying to expose the rest of the story!

KC and Dr. Anderson you may have missed something big. (or I may have just left my tinfoil hat off to long)

Tom E.

inman said...

D White

I actually wrote this about a year ago after being incensed at Houston Baker's public screed. I noodled on his comment about writing and decided to give it a go.

I also did it for therapy --- I had recently been "terminated" from a position (1st time in my life) and my wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I also thought about all the things that I never got to ask my father before he died and then thought about my kids and the things they might not ask me.

I put it on the blog primarily because it memorializes the e-mail the I sent Houston Baker to after he, in effect called me a racist.

I did not, at that time and in any way, believe that I was a racist. I am consciously reconsidering my position. I just may "change parties."

And that's what the "Duke Lacrosse Burning" has done for me.

Oh, and my college sophomore son, a D1 locrosse player, learned just last week that he's being assigned to an apartment, just across the street from the college.

GREAT. JUST GREAT.

inman said...

Thanks 2:10.

I'll incorporate your critical comments in future effort. Must have hit a nerve.

Anonymous said...

9:18
Jason Bissey is a male hussy. He helped tease up a race-baiting tale good enough for all of Durham to enjoy. Think of him as the nosey neighbor who stays up late peeping about the neighborhood for gossip.
He's just one more scum-sucker who lives in Trinity Park. Those people have too much lead in their drinking water.

christoph said...

Inman -- I'll finish reading your piece this evening after work, but it strikes me that the first portion is very well-written; that you must have thick skin to present it to some of the tough-audience readers here (kind of like premiering an act at the Apollo); and that what we write can take on a life of its own...my Dad started writing a memoir before he unexpectedly died, and it has become a family heirloom. Not that you want to be precious about it. Well, when Houston Baker's right, he's right. No shame in saying so.
Regarding the odd elements of the attorneys' presentation yesterday: note also the question about the March 23 NTO's assetion that players were id'ing eachother by number, not by name: where did that come from? And does that indicate prosecutorial/investigative materials which are still not public?

Antaeus Feldspar said...

Inman --

My advice is to first identify your reader. Is this for your kids? for Houston Baker? for readers who know you from DIW? There's nothing saying that only that audience will get anything from what you write, but your writing will be more focused if you figure out who your ideal reader is and write towards that person.

Secondly, identify the statement you're trying to make and organize your writing around that statement. I realize that this is supposed to be a memoir, and so if asked you might say something like "it's about the various experiences I've had in my life." It's much, much harder to write with only an "about" idea in mind, however. If you identify a statement such as "Issues of race, class and gender are more complex than one might assume" and draw from the experiences of your life to support that statement, it should be easier to write and for your readers to read.

Just a bit of advice.

Anonymous said...

inman, your "Duke Lacrosse Burning" is a classic. :))

inman said...

christoph ... Thank you for your klnd words.

antaeus ...

Thank you for your gracious criticism. When I wrote this, I was focused on the issues of race first, and of class and gender second. But I think I understand your comments -- that I should guide the reader with more explicit reference to a theme.

(But, to a certain extent my writing reflects my non-linear thought process. Just me.)

Jungle Jim said...

Does Elmustafa have a cause of action against Nifong and/or the DPD?

Anonymous said...

From the H-S:

Chalmers, too little, too late

By Jerry Lynn Grugin, Jr. : Guest columnist
Jul 17, 2007 : 4:40 pm ET

One has to wonder why Durham Police Chief Steve Chalmers has been so vocal lately. First, he published an opinion article stating that Durham has seen a decade of improved crime rates. Then, he announced that the Durham police are beginning a project to reduce crime in the Wall Street area. In the midst of the lacrosse scandal and with serious questions surrounding the leadership of Chalmers and his command staff, the Durham police aree embarking on big, bold projects. Citizens should be wary. Here's why:

First, Chalmers is leaving soon. Once any project is initiated under his leadership, it most certainly will be reviewed by the incoming chief. A new chief may decide the Wall Street project has flaws, which it certainly does.

Second, we don't know if Wall Street and the area around it is the correct target for a project. Chalmers seems to think it is. However, let's look more closely at the statistics. Chalmers posits that the target area produced 24.9 percent of the total gunshot and gun-crime calls for the entire city. There is no question that the target area is high in crime, but is it so high as to elicit this type of response from an already troubled department? It could be that people living in the area are calling the police about shots fired coming from outside the area. In other words, it may be that other persons outside the target area are not calling as much as the persons inside the area. I have not seen any statistics on this point, leading me to question the conclusions.

Also, how do we know that crime in the area is not caused by people coming in from outside? This is common in many crime-ridden areas. Again, I have not seen any statistics on this topic.

Where are the statistics on the persons who already have been arrested in the target area in the past year? And what, if anything, has been done to help those persons and family members to improve themselves? Are there statistics available to show whether those caught in a crime in the target area actually live in the target area?

Third, how is the project to be implemented? How many officers? Will the officers be drawn from an already depleted patrol division? How will officers conduct their efforts? Will it be in the form of "directed patrols?" Will it be in the form of foot patrols or license checks or a combination of those things? Has a way to prevent or reduce crime in the area been thoroughly researched by the chief and his command staff?

Fourth, Chalmers announced that the city had experienced a tremendous drop in crime rates over the past decade. In some areas, the statistics showed that crime had dropped by 45 percent or more. Again, the data should be seriously questioned. Here's why:

It used to be that if there was a rash of 10 vehicle break-ins at an apartment complex, every one of those crimes was listed as a separate crime. However, after coming in line with the Uniform Crime Reporting system under Chief Theresa Chambers, all of those break-ins may be counted only one time. Thus, instead of 10 counts of crime, there is only 1 count of crime. Do the math.

So, one has to question why Chalmers is seeking so much publicity at this point, with the police department being investigated as part of the fallout of the Duke lacrosse scandal. There are many, many questions that should be asked about the Wall Street project. Starting a project of this magnitude should be delayed until there are many, many other questions answered and the statistics are interpreted from a variety of angles. Also, with a new chief coming, why be in a rush to implement a project unless the new chief is thoroughly briefed?

My question to Chalmers is this: Why be so public now, especially near the end of your tenure, when your entire watch has been laced with silence, and more recently, vagueness and unanswered questions?

The writer left the police department as a sergeant after 13 years of experience, and obtained a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice.





Debrah

Gary Packwood said...

Anonymous 6:42 said...

...There is a very important issue missing from the list of 13 shown. The missing issue is the relationship between the DPD and Duke University, particularly the students. It is fairly clear that certain DPD officers targeted, and may continue to target, Duke students for arrest and abuse. Duke students are not entitled to a free pass if they break the law, but they are entitled to their constitutional and civil rights under any circumstances. Do DPD personnel receive any training on constitutional and civil rights of citizens? What steps will be taken to bring the DPD and Duke University together and eliminate or reduce the obvious tension that currently exists? Until this is fixed, parents of Duke students and the students themselves should not rest easy. Unless addressed, it will only be a matter of time before there is another incident with a Duke student or students triggered by a retaliatory DPD.
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Good points. Thanks. But I get a little confused.

I was thinking also about the federal statutes called the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act(HIPAA).

But would the DPD or Durham DA have responsibility for oversight for federal civil rights violations?

Where is the federal prosecuting attorney for Durham County?

And under KC's first item "Who's in Charge" I don't understand if the DA for Durham reports to anyone other than the AG of the State of North Carolina and the voters ever so often!

How does the DA chain of command work with respect to 'Who's in Charge' and should the DA and the federal prosecuting attorney have a close working relationship?
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GP