September was a light month legally; here are the case-related highlights:
As the new chairman of its African-American Studies Department, Duke has hired a professor best-known for his anti-Israel screeds and as an apparatchik focused on enforcing campus political correctness.
Declining to bow to reality, Duke professor Tim Tyson stands by everything he said about the case. Could the anti-lacrosse extremist have been unaware that his most embarrassing statements were caught on tape?
New “scholarship” on the case: Kansas professor Barbara Barnett, who received her M.A. degree from the Group of 88-topheavy Duke English Department, posits that the rate of violent crime on college campuses is around 2.5 times higher than the rate of sexual assault, murder, armed robbery, and assault combined(!!) in Detroit, the
Speaking of the false accuser, another month has passed, and her promised Mangum Opus has yet to appear.
Eleven Group members—highlighted by none other than Wahneema Lubiano—suddenly discover civil liberties, not by admitting their errors in the lacrosse case, but by signing a statement wildly claiming that a prosecution against a New York “Muslim American” for allegedly aiding Al Qaeda “threatens the First Amendment rights of others.”
In July, in naming Duke Board of Trustees chairman Bob Steel as its new CEO, Wachovia declared that “he is an ideal choice for this time of turmoil.” This morning, the bank was acquired by Citigroup—at a firesale price of $1/share. [Update: It seems as if Steel's bet on Wachovia worked out no better than his misguided approach to the lacrosse case. Reports Bloomberg, Steel "bought 1 million shares of Wachovia stock for about $16 million two weeks after arriving at the company. Steel wasn't available for comment."
The Liestoppers discussion forum has a comprehensive summary of the Moez Elmostafa civil suit.
The Erick Daniels case provides more insight into the corrupt world of Durham criminal justice—and into N&O columnist Barry Saunders’ willingness to use any issue to assault the lacrosse players’ character.
The civil suits have thus far cost the city of Durham more than $750,000. Perhaps the city is reconsidering its refusal to enter into good-faith negotiations about a settlement?
Meanwhile, in a letter to the Herald-Sun, Ed Rickards reports that Duke's legal bills skyrocketed from $4.32 million in the 2004-2005 academic year to $10.2 million in the 2006-2007 academic year. Rickards adds, "Heavy litigation did not set in until after this. Duke added lawyers like Jamie Gorelick of Washington, whose firm typically bills $800 an hour for partners' time. There is no certainty that the hoax led to these increased legal costs, because Duke will not help interpret the numbers. But I can identify no other reason. Across the full spectrum of the university, the denial of information is a hallmark of the Brodhead years, and it is disintegrating the ability of students, alumni and faculty to effectively monitor and participate in university governance."
And Mike Nifong’s guitars will go up for auction.