Thursday, November 09, 2006

Nifong Loses Referendum, Retains Office

While the effort to “recall” District Attorney Mike Nifong from office fell short, the referendum on DA Nifong that the election became was a clear victory for Beth Brewer, and many others, who worked tirelessly over the past several weeks to bring awareness of the petty tyrant prosecutor’s abandonment of justice to the citizens of Durham County. Despite rejection by the majority of his neighbors, DA Nifong remained unapologetic in victory and vowed to continue to rule his fiefdom by personal whim rather than by obligation to his oath of office or the mandate given by direct democracy.

"What decides what I'm doing is what I think is the right thing to do," Nifong said. "I'm not somebody who rules by referendum" N&O

While the 51% of the ballots cast against Nifong in yesterday’s election is an indication of Durham’s rejection of the DA, an exit poll conducted by the Herald Sun offers further evidence that the community recognizes Nifong’s Hoax for the prosecutorial and social fraud that it is.
“Mike Nifong's victory Tuesday in the Durham district attorney race came despite broad doubts among voters about his handling of the Duke lacrosse rape case, according to Herald-Sun interviews with people who had cast ballots.
“The informal exit polling found that nearly two-thirds of those voters believed Nifong has mishandled the case, which turned a race normally settled in May's party primary into a three-way shootout.” Snooze Room
With more than half of the county’s voters opting to remove Nifong from office, and nearly two-thirds of voter’s now aware that the Hoax has been mishandled by Nifong, it is clear that the opposition to Nifong, and his pursuit of this false prosecution, extends far beyond a “small but vocal group” and into a prevailing number of Durham homes. It is also quite clear that Nifong’s critics are not only the “evil” interlopers from up North but also his own neighbors found next door, up the street and across town.

With an assist from “running mate” Steve Monk’s last minute media campaign, which brought his support up from the 2% shown in the News & Observer poll to meet Charlotte Woods’ August prediction of 6,000 votes, DA Nifong may have kept his job, but he has certainly lost the referendums on his character and his Hoax.

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your referring to Monks as Nifong's 'running mate" is so appropriate. Monks could have saved Durham, but instead focused on his own selfishness and greed. What a coward!

Anonymous said...

please a victory for beth brewer? you lost!!!!!!
all the poems,the stories, the cartoons, the media manipulation, the outside money,60 minutes, etc and you lost big time!!!!

you had to take that damn counter down "time until nifong is recalled" HA!!!!!

you are a bunch of losers and now the whole world knows it.

Anonymous said...

To 8:09

Outside your little circle in Durham, the rest of the nation views Durham as the loser. Your five year old mentality of "You're not going to tell us what to do", simply has exposed the racism, ignorance, and lack of concern for justice prevalent in Durham. Do you honestly believe the nation is not stunned by your support of this corrupt man? The exposure of the corrupt judicial system will indeed stop educated parents from sending their children to Duke. So, if that is your mission you have probably won. I know I will never send another child there. However, corporations will rethink investing in that community after witnessing the widespread corruption. Today, we live in a global community, so it is no longer acceptable to thumb your nose at the world and say, "we don't care what anyone else thinks." With so many other choices, why would a corruption select a city like Durham? So, while you may have "put Duke in its place" for now, the present Duke students will graduate, leave Durham, and have happy, successful lives in communities that welcome them. While the residents of Durham, will be stuck fighting the "wild, wild west" perception they have created for themselves for years.
By the way, the whole world can't believe a person that didn't even want the job and did no campaigning, still received 39% of the vote. Even when voters were told to vote straight ticket, Nifong's pandering to the black community, the Herald-Sun panting daily over him, 2 0f the 3 PAC's endorsing him, he still only received 49% of the vote. That is what the world sees.

Anonymous said...

T-shirts, bumper stickers, and billboards:

IT'S NOT JUST THE LAX CASE

Anonymous said...

To 8:09;
I'll take Beth Brewer as a campaign manager any day. The odds were overwhelingly stacked in favor of Nifong, yet she still managed to get 51% of the voters to condemn him. I'm pretty darn sure that you and yours are saying "thank God for Steve Monks".

In the end the only losers are those folks who have to deal with this guy. My hope for the good folks in Durham is that this was an abberation to the guy's character, fueled by his desparate need to save his job, which has now forced him into a position from which he cannot escape.

.....Of course then there's a side of me that looks forward to all the 'squealing' when your 'husband' has to drop the charges due to lack of evidence.

Anonymous said...

9:30
Sorry, but when Nifong made this case an INTERNATIONAL event, then it IS just about the lax case. He blatantly lied on national television about the facts of this case. This IS the case that represents Nifong. Whoever even heard of this man before this case? He was losing the primary before his 50-70+ interviews and indictments. An ethical prosecutor would never have brought charges in this hoax. He can't go screaming to the national media and then claim he shouldn't be judged on the lax case. He intentionally tarnished both the names of the lax team and Duke University based on lies, so you better believe many Duke students, parents, and alums are not just going to sit by and take it. Frankly, I think all of his cases should be reviewed. I think this is this case has probably just exposed what is probably a pattern of mishandling cases. There are probably other innocent people sitting in jail right now because of this man's tactics.

Anonymous said...

To the person that called us a bunch of losers. We will see who the loser is when this case is over and the city of Durham has to pay everything Nifong did. Enjoy your party while it last.

Anonymous said...

Does his re-election mean his pension wll now increase and the citizens of Durham will take care of him from now on?

Anonymous said...

I live near Baltimore, Maryland, and I have no connection with Duke University or any of the players or their families. When the allegations against the players were first made, I was supportive of the prosecution because I didn't
think the state would try to indict
innocent persons. I have been following this case as it progressed and I now see that the entire process has been a travesty of justice. I have lost faith in the justice system. I will never visit the state of North Carolina,
especially Durham. This is not just some local case or issue. Everyone that I know is talking about it. Its sad that no official in the state of North Carolina has the integrity to stop this hoax.
The Duke players and their families are in my daily prayers.
God Bless You.

Anonymous said...

His pension increased forever when the governor appointed him. The only thing voting him out would have done financially to him was ending his salary when the new person is sworn in. Aren't government jobs great?

Anonymous said...

Nifong won. Unfortunately for him, he still has the LAX case to deal with. Unfortunately for the accuser, the entire case falls on her. The best thing that could have happened to Nifong was to lose the election. It would take the heat off of him. He CAN'T dispose of the case. He made too much of it; put his entire reputation on the line for it. He's stuck with it. See you in court.

Anonymous said...

I have read that a number of large corporations have already canceled their corporate functions in the RTP area. Didn't want to be there for the rape trial.
Good job Mike!

Anonymous said...

8:44 poster, you live in a dream world. nifong succeeded againist a well funded pr effort that even included a 60 minutes profile that had its date changed to be closer to the election. it included kim roberts going on good morning america, it included a follow-up 60 minutes broadcast, there was the abrams report, etc. he won againist some big odds but the people in durham showed you cannot buy an election even though it was attempted in this case.

Anonymous said...

I meant that Nifong didn't just start working cases this way, and he won't stop after the LAX case.

"IT'S NOT JUST THE LAX CASE" means that Nifong must be stopped now.

Perhaps put "STOP NIFONG NOW" underneath.

TombZ said...

I propose the following for a new slogan:

DURHAM NC - NOT YOUR FATHER'S BANANA REPUBLIC

Anonymous said...

Ed Bradley has died. I trust there will be an appropriate statement appearing here. Meanwhile here is his own network's announcement:
http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/topstories_story_313121849.html

Anonymous said...

11:07

No one tried to "buy" the election. Are you kidding me? Did you see the amount of money Cheek had? Parents and alums were actually too worried about appearing to try and buy the election. The total amount contributed to Cheek's campaign wouldn't pay for one year's expenses at Duke. Our family considered contributing more, but knew any substantial amount given by a Duke parent would immediately be attacked.
All Duke parents want is equal justice - not to buy the boys out of jail. When you have the truth on your side, you don't feel the need to buy someone off.
By the way, Ed Bradley, from the 60 Minutes piece, passed away today. It would be unlikely he didn't realize the serious of his illness at the time of the interviews. I seriously doubt he had any secret agenda at the time.
He read the discovery and realized this case is a hoax. The interview wasn't PR, it was CBS searching for the truth. It is just not the truth you wish to hear. For months, I heard why won't the boys tell their side of the story? Once they did, the AV supporters spout it must be a conspiracy with CBS.
Do you really not have the ability to think logically and decide this case on the facts, or are you just determined to stick it to the young men?
Do you think the AV should be forced to take a lie detector test? After all, she should have nothing to fear if the truth is on her side. The three young men have all past the test - let's hear from the young lady.

Anonymous said...

What it showed is that blacks in Durham are not very smart. Nifong completely used them.

Anonymous said...

To 11:07 am:
Help! You seem pretty intelligent so I'll ask you:

I am a tall white male (or am I short & stocky?) and I do not have anyone who can vouch for my whereabouts on March 13 or 14. My name is Matt but my friends call me Brett or sometimnes they just call me #11. My DNA did not show up on the accuser although I do have DNA. I have not yet been identified in the photo line up, but the accuser has only had two chances so far. The real problem is, I have less exculpatory evidence than the Duke boys that I did not rape the accuser. According to Nifong Rules of Prosecution, this makes me a prime suspect since I can't prove that I'm not guilty.

So....do you think I should just turn myself in or wait for Nifong to extradite me from my trailer park here in the midwest? FYI: My college here has suspended me (and all the other white males) until I/we have been proven innocent in a court of law.

Anonymous said...

Ed Bradley reported on AIDs in Africa, toxic waste, sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and so many other topics. He chose subjects that he was deeply concerned about. His reports have done so much good in the world. It really touches me, that one of the last news stories he worked on in his life was the Duke Lacrosse HOAX. I will always remember that he said his biggest surprise in the case was that so many people believed Nifong and the accuser's account. God bless you and your family, Mr. Bradley, and may your reporting on the lacrosse case have the good result that you intended.

Anonymous said...

Will you people in the DA's office go back to work! It is not 5pm yet.

justice58 said...

It's so sad how you people try and make yourselves feel good about your losing tactic. Just sad.

You lost big time loser!

The only racism comes directly from you people who seem to think that the duke 3 are innocent. In your warped world, these rich white dukies could do no wrong. Wrong again. So take your losing @$$ and choke on your lowdown wicked tactics that didn't work. Mike Nifong shamed your @$$ and made you look like fools.

I also heard that Ed Bradley passed on.(what a shocker). Ed Bradley was a classy man. That is why it was unbelieveable to see him do such a onesided story on the 60 lie. But, I don't have one ugly word to say about Ed Bradley because I know it was CBS's underhandedness. I have watched Ed Bradley for many years and I know his work was quality work. The 60 BS was laughable. God Bless Ed Bradley. (He was so fine).

When the trial takes place, and the verdict is rendered, you'll still be licking your raw wounds from Mike Nifong giving you and the duke 3 a good old North Carolina @$$ whipping. Got that!

Anonymous said...

To 4:32: What a moron you are. Do they put clorox in the water in Durham?

allie said...

honestly justice, I would find your delusions hilarious if this weren't such a serious matter. you talk about losing and "@$$-whipping" as if this were a high school football game... what are you, 12 years old? we're talking about charges that could put three guys in jail for life, at least pretend to be more mature than you actually are.

what's really sad is that all this grandstanding about "duke can't tell durham what to do" and "we're not going to be bought by a bunch of outsiders" has turned into "we've made up our minds and we're not going to let silly little things like facts and evidence dissuade us." you haven't proven that you can't be bought- you've proven that you're a bunch of stubborn, irrational, racist idiots... and in doing so, you've done irreparable harm to the city of durham. you want the rest of the country to view your city as a backwards, corrupt sh*thole? because that's pretty much what's happened.

personally, I'm getting out of here as soon as possible, but I certainly feel sorry for any intelligent, reasonable durhamites left.

justice58 said...

5:06 Good Bye


And don't let the door knob hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

TombZ said...

Justice58?

How does it feel to be owned by Nifong?

justice58 said...

tombz

You sound so ignorant...WAIT...YOU ARE IGNORANT. Too d*mn bad you lost with your dirty tricks.

OttavaRima said...

5:00
Actually, they DO put bleach in the water here. And flouride, too. And then they counteract that with ammonia.

That's why I have a very powerful water filtration system.

In Justice58, sadly, you can see the effects of drinking the water in Durham. Poor soul. Never stood a chance.

But I wouldn't poke her (him?) too hard. It's like my mom always told me: If someone's smarter or bigger than you and they pick a fight, pull out all the stops. If they're smaller and not as smart, just shake your head and walk away.

The evidence is pretty overwhelming that Justice58 is not real bright. Bless his (her?) heart.

Anonymous said...

justice58
You have a bad case of racist denial. The first step is to admit it. So very sad, but I’m afraid you are one.

Why don’t you go blog on a site that shares your opinion? Oh wait, they realized that there was no rape and know the truth and stopped blogging.

TombZ said...

Justice58

You have a huge chain around your neck, with a leash that leads right to Nifong, Harris Johnson and Victoria Peterson.

Must feel good to you, because you wear it so well, right?

You know, you could shuck it off anytime you want by looking at the facts of the case and thinking for yourself... unless you're one of the beneficiaries of racial division and pot-banging.

Which are you? Cynical manipulator of Durham's AA's, or one of their new slaves?

200 years ago the masters were plantation owners. Now, they're Durham Democrat politicos both black and white.

Anonymous said...

justice 58 is right. you all are the racists not justice 58. justice 58 is keeping it real and telling what a lot of black durham people think about the defense tactics and the anti-nifong campaign and that is why they came out strong and made sure that nifong has a chance to put his case on. the defense played dirty pool from day one leaking info that is not admisssable for trial to smear the victim, leaking her medical records, showing her records to abrams on msnbc, trying to buy the election with out of state money as the local papers showed most of the anti-nifong money was not even from durham county, press conferences denouncing the victim as a liar, the 60 minutes campaign, good morning america, the private investigators they have had all over durham paying people off for information on the victim, the private deals (cheek tried to cut deals with monks, a black assistant da and a retired white judge that were exposed in the local papers when the people at the meetings came forward), the push poll to influence voters. there is a long list of dirty tricks and nifong survived it all because as we say down here "the Lord does not love ugly". the ugly dirty tricks backfired and the plan to get rid of nifong and get the case dropped was stopped in its tracks by black people who saw right through the bullshit. and guess what? some of them may even be on the jury.

as to ed bradley, rip for the good things he has done but the duke lacrosse profile was not one of them,imo.

Anonymous said...

to 5:15am. Try just for a moment... YOUR son goes to a party, perhaps even drinks underage & someone invites exotic dancers.

After the party, one of the dancers cries rape. YOUR son goes to the PD and is interrogated for HOURS. Insists that nothing happened, offers his DNA, offers to take a lie detector test.

YOU question YOUR son for hours - telling him to tell the truth about what happened.

With NO evidence other than the woman's changing word, the PD and DA call your son a rapist on national TV over and over. The accuse everyone at the party of maintaining a 'wall of silence" (even tho YOUR son previously talked at length to PD), the DA calls all of them hooligans raping a black girl.

The whole team provides DNA pursuant to an order that they could have challenged. They're told the DNA tests would clear the innocent. DNA tests come back (twice)- none of YOUR son's DNA on or in the accuser or any of her belongings -- but the DA goes on national TV saying, well maybe they used condoms (even tho the accuser says not) - and we're going to try this the 'good old fashioned way' (even tho DNA has been used to free many from prision over the past 10 years - science doesn't matter).

ALL witnesses to the alleged rape, even the other dancer, claim the accusation is false and that YOUR son is guilty of none of the charges.

Neither the lead investigator (DA Nifong) nor the PD have questioned the accuser about her conflicting stories, about the conflicts with the evidence or other witness statements.

Yet YOUR son stands charged with rape. Because he was chosen during a 3rd photo lineup (but not in the previous 2) - as looking like one of the attackers -- if he had a mustache.

Would you feel the same if this was YOUR son and not your 'sister'??

Anonymous said...

my son would not be in that situation as i raised him not to degrade women. your question is moot.

Anonymous said...

if Nifong's case is so strong, why is he delaying the trial?

Anonymous said...

To 8:07,
Don't try to reason with those derelicts like anonymous @ 5:15...they will not be happy unless these boys (or any white boys) are tried convicted and executed, regardless of the fact they are innocent. In fact, these kind of folks DO NOT want the end of racial problems in the US...when that happens they no longer get any preferential treatment for jobs, education, welfare, housing, etc, etc.

Anonymous said...

Hey Justice
What if this case goes to trial? And it’s shown in the courtroom that’s there’s no evidence that a crime occurred, would you then believe it when you see it in that setting what really happened that night? Or would you never be willing to see the truth? Say, for instance, the defense catches her in a lie that no one could rational deny showed she was lying. Or she admits that she lied?

I know if the opposite where true for me, I would definitely say hang them high, but I seriously doubt that I’ll ever see such facts develop. What I’m saying is that if the evidence showed that something did happen, then I would be right there with you. However, all the evidence that’s come out, open discovery law, and I just don’t see where you are coming from? I’m passionate and understanding enough to see it both ways, are you?
Thanks

allie said...

"5:06 Good Bye


And don't let the door knob hit ya where the good Lord split ya."

as usual, I guess responding to actual arguments made in a post is way over your head.

allie said...

"my son would not be in that situation as i raised him not to degrade women. your question is moot."

out of the 50 or so guys I consider friends/acquaintainces, I'd say upwards of 40 of them have been to a bachelor party or seen a stripper at some point in their lives. and they're not misogynists and they don't hate women, I think they just consider it a rite of passage... so you thinking your son will go his entire life without seeing a stripper is pretty naive.

allie said...

"justice 58 is right. you all are the racists not justice 58. justice 58 is keeping it real and telling what a lot of black durham people think about the defense tactics and the anti-nifong campaign and that is why they came out strong and made sure that nifong has a chance to put his case on. the defense played dirty pool from day one leaking info that is not admisssable for trial to smear the victim, leaking her medical records, showing her records to abrams on msnbc, trying to buy the election with out of state money as the local papers showed most of the anti-nifong money was not even from durham county, press conferences denouncing the victim as a liar, the 60 minutes campaign, good morning america, the private investigators they have had all over durham paying people off for information on the victim, the private deals (cheek tried to cut deals with monks, a black assistant da and a retired white judge that were exposed in the local papers when the people at the meetings came forward), the push poll to influence voters. there is a long list of dirty tricks and nifong survived it all because as we say down here "the Lord does not love ugly". the ugly dirty tricks backfired and the plan to get rid of nifong and get the case dropped was stopped in its tracks by black people who saw right through the bullshit. and guess what? some of them may even be on the jury."

the idea of some of these idiots being on a jury, any jury, scares the bejesus out of me. I mean, you give them DNA results and they decide they've been tampered with as part of some giant conspiracy? I'm sorry, but it takes a special kind of stupid to think that your own opinion supercedes forensic science.

and by the way, how exactly are these guys supposed to defend themselves without saying the alleged victim is lying? because their stories diretly contradict each other, so one side is lying, plain and simple. you call it smearing, I call it standing up for yourself.

you're letting your distate for publicity and leaked information cloud your judgment of what that evidence actually says. you've decided that the defense is "smearing the victim" by pointing out inconsistencies in her stories, prior criminal history, and drug/alcohol issues that could affect her reliability, the fact that she actually said she was going to try and get money out of these guys... yeah, it's not flattering information. but the truth isn't always pretty.

Anonymous said...

how do the boys fight back? by going to court you idiot! only the defense decided for some reason not to just go to court but to try the case in the media. they are afraid to go to court and nifong isn't. the person supposedly with no case and no credible witness is not afraid to go to court and the people who say they have an open and shut case ARE afraid and want to avoid court at all costs. what does that say? it says that someone does not have the open and shut case they have been saying publicly and that nifong has something incriminating.