November was a relatively light month in the case, with politics taking center stage:
- North Carolina's senior senator, Republican Elizabeth Dole, lost her bid for re-election. Ten weeks after AG Roy Cooper declared the players innocent victims of a rogue prosecutor, Dole had preposterously claimed that the lacrosse case was still “an ongoing criminal investigation and pending judicial proceeding.”
Cooper, meanwhile, received more votes than any other North Carolina statewide candidate, after leading off his campaign with a TV ad celebrating his work on the lacrosse case.
And after her primary victory, Tracey Cline won an unopposed bid to become district attorney--meaning, as Freda Black recently pointed out in the Chronicle, that we won't find out the truth about the actual role thatDurham County's new "minister of justice"
played in the lacrosse case until the civil case trials.
In the department of Duke double standards:
Michael Burch, who allegedly raped a Duke student at a 2007 party hosted by a Duke African-American fraternity, was arrested for another rape allegation. The Group of 88, despite their stated concern with the prevalence of "sexual violence," remained as silent as the grave.
The chairman of Duke's Board of Trustees chose to invest between $1 million and $5 million of his own money in the work product of a faculty member who had--in seeming violation of the Faculty Handbook--compared Duke students to a lynch mob and had suggested that the law might require Duke students to talk to Durham police outside the presence of the students' attorneys.
Duke is now suing its own insurance company.
Wendy Murphy is up to her old tricks.
The Durham "grassroots" re-emerges.
The City of Durham claimed that a recent court ruling means that the city is invulnerable to civil suits claiming violations of state law.
Several civil suit filings came in right at the end of the month; I'll be profiling these on Monday.