Miscellaneous items from the Nifong deposition, beyond the detailed summary.
This case involved several figures—Nifong, Mark Gottlieb, Linwood Wilson—who appear to be unethical to the core. Each used his deposition to deflect blame onto others.
So, for instance, while Gottlieb claimed in his deposition that he was not really involved in the case, Nifong went out of his way to implicate Gottlieb in all decisions—down, even, to minor details such as saying that Gottlieb up all meetings with Meehan.
Nifong also told a revealing vignette relayed to him by Gottlieb. In searching the captains’ house on March 16, before any of them had even given statements, Gottlieb recalled, they saw one of Mangum’s unpainted fingernails (which contained the DNA of an unindicted player). Said Gottlieb, “When we recovered it, it was like it was there as a trophy”—giving a sense of the . . . open . . . mind with which Gottlieb pursued the investigation, but also suggesting that Nifong was simply trusting the judgment of the police.
The Nifong deposition also made public for what I believe is the first time the Raleigh mental hospital that treated Crystal Mangum in 2005. Nifong stated that Mangum spent time in Holly Hill Hospital. The institution’s website states that it treats:
- Anxiety and Stress
- Bipolar Disorder
- Other Emotional and Mood Disorders
- Behavioral Problems
- Alcohol Abuse and Dependency
- Illicit and Prescription Drug Abuse and Dependency