Yesterday, a New Jersey retiree sent Nifong an email saying that he was considering moving to Durham so he could vote for the Recall Nifong-Vote Cheek option. The writer didn't say where he was from. Nifong responded,
Michael.B.Nifong@nccourts.orgThe emailer sent me a copy of the email to confirm its legitimacy. Nifong, it seems, has time to look up the residence of people who email him and send back sarcastic replies, but not to read the Kirk Osborn motion detailing Reade Seligmann's alibi?
Gee, Bill. Does this mean you are moving down here from NJ just to vote against me? I am flattered. Bad news, though. You'll be stuck with me at least until the end of December.
Then, the N&O just noted that Nifong filed a court motion asking the judge to order defense attorneys to testify about their involvement in a poll of Durham County voters, which he claims was designed to influence the jury pool and therefore violated the state bar's code of ethics. I assume Nifong didn't deal with any change of venue motions when he was in traffic court, so perhaps he's unaware that to justify a change of venue, the defense would need to prove that Nifong's inflammatory early statements--which unquestionably did violate the ethics code--poisoned the jury pool.
The odd item about Nifong's motion? His only affidavit about the poll's terms comes from . . . his wife. (Seeing that Nifong previously had his sister write in to defend his integrity, this seems to be part of a pattern for him.) I suppose next up will be an affidavit from his dog.
So, the DA is sending crank emails while his wife is detecting grand conspiracies of defense lawyers to undermine him. Just another week's work for Durham County's "minister of justice."
[Update, 9.15pm: At Liestoppers, the always witty Joan Foster gives her take on Nifong's crack-up.]