"I'm glad Bannon brought up the internet. The internet is reporting that I gave 50-70 interviews. I've checked my calendar and have approximately 15 interviews noted on my calendar the last being April 1st. Otherwise I've been responding with no comment." - Mike Nifong, Duke Lacrosse Hoax hearing, September 22, 2006
HOW MANY? When one of the defense lawyers said that Nifong gave 50 to 70 interviews about the case, Nifong said he wanted to set the record straight. He checked his schedule and it showed that he actually gave more like 15 to 20 interviews. He said he had many conversations with reporters, some just to say that he would not comment on the case.But the number 50 came from Nifong himself. In a March 31 interview with a News & Observer reporter, Nifong was asked "How many interviews do you think you've given?" "In excess of 50," Nifong said.
"I've checked my calendar and have approximately 15 interviews noted on my calendar the last being April 1st."What did Mr. Nifong just say? To one not familiar with Nifongese, it might appear that DA Mike Nifong just claimed he only gave 15 interviews. But did Mr. Nifong just claim it, really? Let’s get out LieStoppers’ copy of Nifongese to English Dictionary. Start translating. “I’ve checked my calendar…” could just mean that Mr. Nifong is not very good in writing down everything he does on his calendar. Nifong might have missed writing down on his calendar quite a few interviews he gave regarding the Duke Lacrosse Hoax, that’s all. Of course, Judge Osmond Smith, not having his copy of Nifongese to English Dictionary, might be under a mistaken impression that Mr. Nifong only gave 15 interviews, last one being on April 1st. Had the Judge realized Mr. Nifong was speaking in Nifongese, he might have asked some follow up questions to try and get to the truth.