In an article published today on Slate.com, highly respected legal journalist Stuart Taylor eviscerates DA Nifong, Sgt. Gott-Lies and the New York Times in an eloquent and powerful piece that accomplishes in one offering what we have exhausted far too many words in trying to accomplish. Similar to Taylor’s earlier takedown of the Duke Group of 88, he cuts right to the point and states,
“With comical credulity, it [the Times article] features as its centerpiece a leaked, transparently contrived, 33-page police sergeant's memo that seeks to paper over some of the most obvious holes in the prosecution's evidence.”
"Toxicological screening is not standard, unless specially requested, in a rape exam in North Carolina. No such request was made that night. Defense lawyers said it would have shown drugs or alcohol. The Durham police have speculated that the test might have found a date-rape drug, records show; they have also theorized that the trauma of rape itself might have been responsible for her condition."
“by May 15, if we hear there were date rape drugs in her blood, and the broomstick was recovered with her DNA…this case is over.”Nifong first advanced this theory to Susannah Meadows of Newsweek, who wrote an article on April 18th that stated the following:
“What does it mean that she was intoxicated?” said Nifong.
“Just as an example--speaking hypothetically--if I had a witness who saw her right before this and she was not intoxicated, and then I had a witness who said that she was given a drink at the party and after taking a few sips of that drink acted in a particular way, that could be evidence of something other than intoxication, or at least other than voluntary intoxication,” Nifong told Newsweek.
“There are many explanations for someone appearing to be intoxicated,” he said.
“I don’t have any evidence that I want to talk to you about right now.”Still speaking hypothetically, he went on to say that depending on the circumstances, an alleged victim’s intoxication might make her a more credible witness.
- Did the toxicology report reveal the presence of alcohol or other drugs?
- How in the world was this information kept from the defense despite North Carolina’s open file discovery law?
- Considering that the accuser was taken to the hospital in the early morning on March 14th, how could it be that on June 22nd Nifong had no toxicology report to turn over?
- Was it lost?
- Was it only in Gott-Lies memory and still yet to be transcribed?
- Was it only in someone else’s memory?
- What possible justification was there for Nifong’s speculation to Newsweek and his statement “I don’t have any evidence that I want to talk to you about right now”?
The only logical conclusion that we can come to is that now we have Yet Another Hoax Within a Hoax.
Thank you, Stuart Taylor for further shaming Nifong, Gott-Lies and the New York Times.