Notes he has tried criminal cases in 85 NC counties. "A North Carolinian in my heart, a lawyer in my heart. I am enormously proud of being a North Carolinian, and I am enormously proud of being a lawyer."
Very proud of his record and the record of his family in its commitment to civil rights. Joseph Blount Cheshire, I and II were ministers who integrated their churches (in the pre- and post-Civil War eras). Cheshire III was an early lawyer for NAACP.
Praises "political courage" of Bell in setting up committee. "Really good things can come out of bad things"--opportunity to grow from mistakes.
Inquiry could benefit not only Durham but could aid justice throughout NC. Unquestioned that Nifong a "rogue prosecutor"--but hopefully justice will be stronger.
Real victims of sexual assault hurt by this case--set back their cause 5-10 years.
Certainly the defendants and their families were victims.
- Duke University (though "they may have played some part in this");
- law enforcement;
- justice system in NC--need to ensure that all citizens have "faith and trust" that justice is being done;
- community of Durham "victimized terribly"--just watch cable TV to find this out;
- state of North Carolina--NC actually a forward-looking state. But "the Duke lacrosse case backed us up in the minds of a lot of people who want to think of us as a backwater place";
"All of the evidence is that in that house that night not one single slur was uttered" (despite, of course, what Duff Wilson and the NYT continue to maintain);
Two racial slurs: Roberts initiated, then one player uttered it back.
People who wanted to make it a racial case did so--national media, Nifong, others whose self-interest motivated by race-agenda.
Mangum a "very ill young woman, but she is a false accuser." Believes that she "knowingly and willingly" made racial statements to make her story more believable.
"How is it possible that a person could give that many inconsistent statements and not have the DA interview them or not have a law enforcement officer go over the inconsistencies?" Has practiced law for 34 years in NC and has never seen anything like it. Most police officers don't like to charge innocent people.
"It doesn't take a rocket scientists to put mental health records together with multiple diverse statements" and figure out that Mangum was not credible.
Police didn't even try to get electronic records--no one in law enforcement tried to create timeline.
"At some point in time, you have to ask yourself why?" Bissey never interviewed, Mangum's employers never interviewed.
DNA--no way you could possibly have attacks as Mangum described and leave no DNA. Police several times heard there was no DNA, yet did nothing about it, didn't go back and recheck her story. Indeed, these officers "had to know" that Nifong was lying when he repeatedly told court that Dr. Meehan didn't tell law enforcement anything beyond what was in the report.