“One of the few encouraging developments of the Duke lacrosse case has been the work of Duke Students for an Ethical Durham, a grassroots student organization committed to registering Duke students in time for the November election. According to its mission statement, the group seeks "to encourage students to fulfill their civic obligation to register and vote in Durham County." DSED has received favorable press coverage from the N&O, from Greta Van Susteren of FOX News, and from the AP. In recent weeks, DSED activists have gone "door-to-door" to register students. They have set up tables on campus. They have networked with their friends and classmates. And they have tried to sign up voters at Duke social events.Over the past few hours, I've learned from multiple sources of a potentially troubling situation at today's Duke football game. I have been told that DSED activists, along with members of Duke sports teams, were prevented from registering students at the stadium, for reasons that remain unclear.”
“I learned of this issue last night and the answer is fairly straightforward. Apparently the students wanted to set up a voter registration mechanism in the stadium; While the athletics department permits a wide range of activities outside the stadium without prior approval, for reasons I am confident you can appreciate, it doesn't permit activities within the stadium without prior notice and approval. I was told the students, perhaps unaware of this, had made no such request and were thus turned away.”
“A little birdie told me that an administrator expressed that the participating students were registering voters with an intended bias. NOTE: the students were wearing t-shirts that said "Voice Your Choice". They said nothing about Cheeks[sic]/NiFong/Lacrosse.”
“Nifibber's duplicity knows no bounds. If you click on his official publicity portfolio, you are greeted by his turtle-faced visage immediately to the left of the banner: "Nifong Campaign Rally, Sunday, October 1." Directly beneath are links to "Photos" and "More Photos." A new visitor to the site would reasonably assume that the slideshows there accessed include pictures of said October 1 rally. One must remember, however, that this is Durham in Wonderland, and Mike Nifibber is the Cheshire Cat. Those pictures were actually taken at flesh pressers held more than five months ago, in advance of the May 2d Beer Hall Putsch. If my sources are correct, no pictures exist of Nifong in the company of "supporters" on October 1st, inasmuch as he spent the entire event doing a fast-paced back-pedal polka to avoid being caught in lens with its two attendees, Victoria Peterson and Kim Brummell. Indeed, I understand that Mayor Bell and Finesse Couch found themselves unavoidably "otherwise engaged" on October 1st.”
“Those photographs are old and not from yesterday. They appear to have been uploaded on June 14. Nifong's website has not been updated since 9/29. It's curious that there has been no news coverage of the event. http://mikenifong.com/kickoff/"
“You’re absolutely right! I missed the time-stamp on the photos (4/23/06). The Fong’s deceptive website led me to believe that these photos were from yesterday’s campaign rally. At the top of the website it reads…“Nifong Campaign Rally, Sunday, October 1” Underneath…there are options for, “More Info,” “Photos,” and “More Photos.”