For those who have followed the lacrosse case, by far the most significant item from the 59 pages of e-mails is the following:
For residents of Durham County, the entire e-mail thread is significant. The e-mails reinforce—rather than undercut—the N&O’s portrayal of a prosecutor who, at best, places winning above factual accuracy to such an extent that she (1, below) repeatedly, and publicly, misrepresents key pieces of evidence. The e-mails also show a chief prosecutor who has (2, below) difficulty with basic spelling and grammatical rules; and who seems (3, below) unable to engage with data that contradicts her pre-conceived viewpoints.
In the e-mails, Cline repeatedly told the N&O that she had an attorney—but she just as repeatedly refused to divulge the attorney’s name. If, in fact, this unnamed attorney counseled her to release these e-mails, she should sue for malpractice.