Things started badly when his ADA Ashley Cannon was apparently caught in a lie in court. While vainly attempting to advance the Boss's vendetta against cabbie Elmostafa, Cannon claimed that Elmostafa's arrest had nary to do with the Duke hoax. But, alas, notes from Duke case indicated that Mr. Nifong, whose only focus (other then campaigning against those intent on removing him from office) these days IS the Duke case, directed that he be informed immediately upon the arrest of Mr. Elmostafa. Uh-oh! Strike one.
Moving right along, the star witness, a security guard who happens to share a work address identical to that of the ever-popular local writer, man about Blinco's, and occasional police sergeant, Mark Gott-Lies, took the stand. His testimony, which claimed that Elmo's "getaway" cab sped off before the door to the taxi even closed, momentarily seemed to be a Perry Mason moment. Alas, videotape revealed that this statement was patently false and the star witness slunk from the stand. Strike two.
The actual admitted culprit of the $250 caper was expected to testify herself. Lisa Faye Hawkins, however, despite being transferred from her place of incarceration to the Durham County jail yesterday, headed right back where she came from without participating. Apparently, she declined to have her Kim Roberts recantation when Boss Nifong needed it, so back she went, just like that! Some girls won't crack or un-crock, even for the nefarious Nifong. Strike three, Mikey, you're out.
So it was that Mr. Elmostafa was acquitted today. His American dream, somewhat restored, after the night terrors of Nifong-dom. Nifong's team left the field in tatters. Hopefully Durham taxpayers enjoyed the game, because it came to them courtesy of their tax dollars.