I realize that as the case has moved into the civil suit process, many DIW readers drop by only periodically to check in on developments. For these readers, here’s a review of case-related events in July:
- The major parties filed their motions to dismiss the Ekstrand lawsuit. Duke attorneys—having earlier labeled Crystal Mangum the “victim” and challenged the Attorney General’s report regarding the validity of former SANE nurse-in-training Tara Levicy’s testimony—now offered a new defense, suggesting that Levicy effectively had a license to lie. In his response, ex-Sgt. Mark Gottlieb blamed Duke and Levicy for the case getting off the ground in the first place.
- North Carolina NAACP head William Barber—having been elected to the national board of the NAACP—suddenly discovered the value of lie detector tests and negative DNA results in determining innocence from criminal charges.
- Beleaguered Wachovia Bank hired Board of Trustees chairman Bob Steel as its new CEO, with the remarkable assertion that “he is an ideal choice for this time of turmoil.” Wachovia shares promptly plunged.
- The disgraced Mike Nifong resurfaced—to urge North Carolina voters to support Barack Obama. And if Nifong’s endorsement led most voters to recoil from Obama, the only presidential candidate to urge a DOJ criminal investigation of Nifong . . .
And, a while back, a commenter criticized me for suggesting that the Lubiano Trio’s apologia for the Group of 88 could be considered “scholarship,” since Wahneema Lubiano listed the article not on her CV but only in her “recent publications” section. Well, now the article is on her CV, too.