Among the most ironic aspects of this case: the site of members of the
It’s not hard to discern their motives: the defendants aren’t from
The most outrageous of this group is Nifong campaign contributor and traffic court lawyer John Bourlon.
Here is Bourlon from December 23, on FOX, describing Nifong’s decision to drop the rape charge but keep the others:
, this is the way our system of justice works. This is not unusual at all. This is how every single criminal case goes. America
In general, he dismissed claims that Nifong was behaving in a way at all unusual for the Tar Heel State.
I spoke with a district attorney yesterday in an adjoining county and I asked that very question because we just concluded the North Carolina Association of District Attorney conference. Not one single elected district attorney in the 100 counties of
, that I’m aware of, has come forward and said this prosecution has handled this matter totally different than I would handle it. Not one. In my 27 years of experience, this is how every rape case proceeds. North Carolina
Five days after Bourlon delivered his remarks, the state bar filed ethics charges against Nifong, stating that he had engaged in “dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”
Six days after Bourlon delivered his remarks, the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys issued a public letter demanding that Nifong recuse himself from the case, stating that such an action was necessary “in light of all the developments of the Duke Lacrosse case, including the [ethics] filing on December 28, 2006.” [emphases added]
Cable news programs work with “two sides” duking it out. But what happens when the only people willing to represent one side are people like Wendy Murphy and John Bourlon? How could any responsible network put such figures on the air?