In what should go down as the least surprising development of the lacrosse case, Linwood Wilson's lawyer, Fred Battaglia, told the Herald-Sun that he opposes a Department of Justice inquiry into the case. Since such an inquiry could culminate in Wilson's incarceration, it's not too hard to understand Battaglia's rationale.
More surprising is the opinion of John Fitzpatrick, former Nifong donor and head of the Durham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Upon learning that the attorney general of his state had requested a federal investigation, Fitzpatrick responded, "If a federal investigation is what they want, let them proceed. But let their motives be pure. Let's hope it isn't fueled by vindictiveness." Fitzpatrick provided no reason to believe that the motives of Cooper and his aides were impure.
The full News Hour interview with Stuart Taylor is available here.
Finally, in today's Chronicle, a measured advertisement from the Duke Conservative Union, urging an apology from the Group of 88 and the students who rushed to judgment in spring 2006. Although the DCU request is a reasonable one, I fear that it will be rejected. If we have learned nothing else from the last 18 months, it is that the Group of 88 has no shame.