Friday, June 22, 2007
Nifong: An "Old-Fashioned" Guy
Perhaps the most bizarre moment in the entire Nifong hearing came when Nifong character witness Anthony Brannon recalled the good ol' days, when prosecutors could withhold everything from defense attorneys. For the last 15 months, Mike Nifong had sanctimoniously claimed that he opposed such "old-fashioned" attitudes--only to see Dudley Witt invoke them to explain why Nifong never had any interest in exculpatory evidence.
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No audio on this clip, starting at about 1:35.
doublespeak, pure doublespeak
the disgraced and his lawyers change their stories about as often as the accuser
is mental illness contagious?
consider this--even when there was sound, he really wasn't saying anything, was he?????
do you mean as in forked tongue?
So Nifong hasn't upgraded his skills in the 28 years since he joined the DAs office? And we're supposed to think that's a good thing?
Since Witt seems to feel consideration should be given for Nifong practicing law as an "old fashioned guy", I wonder if he would be equally comfortable if his doctor practiced medicine under similar conditions.
Doctor (after completing his examination): Nurse, bring me the leeches.
I will bet that Witt and Freedman were banging their heads against the wall after this. There is no way to put perfume on crap, and Nifong manages to soil anyone who is near him.
I can guarantee you that neither Witt nor Freedman found their careers helped by taking on this joke of a client.
This man is a disgrace to what is left of the American Justice System after the OJ Simpson "trial". I invite your attention to my take here:
If Witt and Freedman risk their careers on the veracity of Nifong, they are careless with the truth. In fact, they would have been applauded by most observers if they had convinced Nifong that he didn't have a prayer of keeping his license and to bow out as gracefully as possible. In the end, the public watched three loosers.
Exculpatory evidence is required to be shared with the defense. This change in law reflects mightily on discovery and the greater resources of the state to obtain such evidence, but the word itself speaks to evidence which supports someone's being innocent of the charges. What these people are speaking to is power and not justice. My stepfather who went to the county seat to serve on juries made the comment, "The law is whatever they say it is." It was a cynical view gained from years of watching circuit courts in action. This almost happened in Durham, but for some luck, good lawyers, and resource of family and friends and folks interested in fairness or something called justice it would have been true yet again.
The victory here is for all of us even the horrible Group88 and the potbangers. The victory is justice.
I certainly don't blame Nifong's attorneys. They did what the could with what they had. I doubt they hurt there careers with this case.
Nifong seems to be more of a dog-fashioned man.
maybe he just had too many old-fashions
9:08 I am glad the trial was held and Nifong attended. What theatre - It was even better than I though it would be. Maybe, we do need a Criminal Trial -
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