“Sunday's report by '60 Minutes' on the Duke University lacrosse case delivered a wounding blow to District Attorney Mike Nifong's image” Herald Sun
“Kenney, who's talked with the accuser's family and says he's heard "a lot of information that's not making sense," said the hit the program administered to the DA was "a big one." Herald Sun
“Joyner -- who's been monitoring the case for the state NAACP -- said Nifong's early comments 'went over the line.' He said Durham police mishandled the investigation by being slow to search the team captains' house at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., by not questioning witnesses more and by not looking harder at and for medical evidence.”
"The lack of scientific evidence is starting to pile up. Now, when her friends are calling her a liar, there's really not much left for this prosecution." ABC
"It finally will be obvious to all but the oblivious that there was no kidnapping, or rape, or sexual offense, but there was a false accusation and an opportunistic prosecutor fighting for his job" Renew America
"It shows an incredible amount of confidence in your case. You didn't see lawyers sitting next to these guys," he said. "And the fact they would just submit themselves tells me the lawyers believe their clients and believe in their clients and they are able to handle any cross examination in court, much less the interrogation of Ed Bradley." CBS
"60 Minutes embarrassed District Attorney Nifong with a 30-minute segment that essentially did the work that Nifong apparently never did....for America to be able to listen to Professor Coleman criticize Nifong as adeptly and intelligently as he did; and for America to hear the “other” stripper negate the allegations as flatly as she did; and for America to watch as the alibi for one player was laid out as clearly as it was will help to move the discussion on the lacrosse imbroglio forward, and hopefully put more pressure on DA Nifong to reconsider the case he has so incompetently yet aggressively built...Additionally, Coleman was quoted in the New York Times as follows: '[Nifong] has forgotten about his obligation to protect the innocent, and in my view, that’s prosecutorial misconduct.' Nifong ought to drop the case tomorrow, and be reprimanded accordingly." TDD
"The double-length segment, reported by 19-time-Emmy-winner Ed Bradley, was a broadside against the case and the professional ethics of Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong."Editorial, The Chronicle:"For an analytical and well known program such as "60 Minutes" to come down so decisively on one side of a highly controversial case seems significant. The show, anchored by Ed Bradley, highlighted several discrepancies in the prosecution's case and exposed instances of questionable conduct on the part of Durham officials over the past six months."
"In a telephone interview last night, Mr. Coleman said, “He has forgotten about his obligation to protect the innocent, and in my view, that’s prosecutorial misconduct.”"Mr. Nifong has said that he, the police and the woman are determined to take the case to trial despite a tide of criticism. Mr. Nifong has said that there is medical evidence of rape and that the woman made valid identifications of the suspects, both points challenged by “60 Minutes” after what the show said was a review of nearly the entire case file." NY TimesSister Toldjah:
"Essentially what happened here, as La Shawn Barber notes in her lengthy piece on the case, is District Attorney Mike Nifong - the prosecutor - pandered to black people and played up the race card for all it was worth. Why? Because he was playing politics, that’s why. He wanted to get re-elected...He could do this, of course, and get away with it...They race bait without suffering the consequences from doing so - in fact, they’re usually rewarded time after time with re-election, just as Nifong was. This is what happens when voters are swayed by emotions via impassioned pleas from people in positions of power (and dramatic biased stories from the MSM) rather than facts."Sister Toldjah
"Ed Bradley did a great job in laying out how clear it is that the three accused Duke lacrosse players are innocent of all charges against them and that Mike Nifong, the Durham D.A. has conducted a vendetta against these young men in order to get himself elected." Betsy Newmark
"Rather than playing hard left politics, the old dudes actually did what journalists are supposed to do: present facts to the American people. Host Ed Bradley said “60 Minutes” examined the case file, and it raised concerns about the police who investigated the alleged gang-rape and Mike Nifong, the district attorney in charge of the flimsy case...If anyone out there still believes David Evans, Reade Seligmann, or Collin Finnerty raped a black stripper on March 13, 2006, you’re willfully deaf and blind. And stupid." LaShawn Barber
"The charges against the Duke lacrosse players should be dropped immediately, and the people demanding the dismissal the loudest and most forcefully should be the very people who have made a living allegedly fighting against racial injustice."
"I've said this before, but it's worth saying again: Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should be in Durham, N.C., today, promising civil disobedience until the charges are dropped and prosecutor Mike Nifong resigns."
"Anyone who has been mistreated by law enforcement or had a friend or family member treated unjustly by our criminal-courts system should be concerned about what is transpiring in Durham.""It is in the best interest of all black people, especially poor black people, that black people with a voice and a platform call for an end to the persecution of the Duke lacrosse players and program."
"Speaking out in support of the wealthy Duke players enhances our credibility when we claim that someone poor and black is being treated unfairly. Poor people need that credibility because they can't afford to make bail, let alone a team of high-priced attorneys."
"By remaining silent about this obvious miscarriage of justice, black leadership looks as racist and cowardly as it paints white people who ignore obvious mistreatment of blacks.""Standing up for Seligmann, Finnerty and Evans would be standing up against injustice, and what we're learning is that injustice recognizes opportunity more than color. In America, there is more opportunity for injustice to visit poor people of color. Their best defense is standing against all injustice, regardless of race." WhitlockEarl Ofari Hutchinson, The Huffington Post:"Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and NAACP President Bruce Gordon should've cautioned blacks against a rush to judgment to condemn the accused without all the facts. They didn't. Their great fear is that if they rebuke blacks that abuse race to grab headlines that would be tantamount to race treason. That's a false fear. If anything, a swift and firm denunciation of the race card in rape cases would enhance the credibility of black leaders. It would show that they are willing to make the tough call and criticize other blacks when they justly deserve criticism.""There are no winners in the Duke case. The dubious allegations of rape cost the Lacrosse head coach his job. It wrecked the season for the team. It sullied the reputation of the players who appear to have been falsely accused. It inflamed racial tensions in Durham, North Carolina. It pitted black and white students against each other on the campus. It gave legions of talking head commentator's fresh ammunition to blast blacks as eternal whiners about race, and ever ready to circle the wagons and lambaste whites for real or imagined racial misconduct. It reinforced the ancient stereotype that black women are sexually loose, and if they are the victim of sexual attack, that they bring it on themselves by their profligate behavior. That's a steep price to pay for a rape that perhaps was not a rape." The Danger of Screaming Race in Rape
“Professor Coleman believes that the three indicted players are victims in this case – victims of an overzealous prosecutor who pandered to the black community in the middle of an election campaign."
"I think that he pandered to the community by saying 'I'm gonna go out there and defend your interests in seeing that these hooligans who committed the crime are prosecuted. I'm not gonna let their fathers, with all of their money, buy you know big-time lawyers and get them off. I'm doing this for you.' You know, what are you to conclude about a prosecutor who says to you, 'I'll do whatever it takes to get this set of defendants?' What does it say about what he's willing to do to get poor black defendants," Coleman asks.
Asked if he thinks the D.A. committed prosecutorial misconduct, Coleman says, "Yes, I mean I think that’s the whole point. And if this case resulted in a conviction, I think there would be a basis to have the conviction overturned based on his conduct. I think in this case, it appears that this prosecutor has set out to develop whatever evidence he could to convict people he already concluded were guilty." '60 Minutes'