Monday, December 18, 2006

The Relevance of Nancy’s disGrace

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It’s easy to see the SNL skit with Amy Poehler skewering Nancy Grace as a joke and a throwaway effort at cheap laughs. However, the recent revelations concerning the collusion between DNA Securities and DA Nifong to withhold exculpatory DNA evidence in the Hoax makes skewering Grace particularly timely. No one led the cries of condemnation and the effort to convict the lacrosse players before any investigation more than Nancy Grace. We previously reviewed many of her ridiculous assertions in a nomination of Grace for Hag of the Hoax.

Reviewing those statements again, one group of comments stands out as particularly relevant. In all the discussions this past Friday regarding whether Brian Meehan or DA Nifong was more responsible for hiding DNA results, it was forgotten that Nifong’s office not only provided an incomplete report to the defense, but also leaked an incomplete and false account to the press. The day before Meehan’s May 12th letter was delivered to Detective Himan, "well placed sources" and "sources close to the investigation" told the Herald-Sun and other media outlets that there was a positive DNA match to a lacrosse player.

"Tissue found under the fingernail of an exotic dancer who claimed she was raped at a Duke University lacrosse party may match a player who was at the party, sources told a North Carolina newspaper Wednesday.

"The Durham Herald-Sun reports that scientists who analyzed the tissue concluded it came from the same genetic pool and was "consistent" with the bodily makeup of one of 46 lacrosse players who gave DNA samples for testing. Scientists ruled out a possible match with any of the other 45 students, sources told the newspaper." CBS News May 11, 2006

"Prosecutors believe they have DNA evidence to tie a third Duke lacrosse player to the alleged attack of a 27-year-old exotic dancer, sources close to the investigation tell ABC News." ABC News May 11, 2006

"Tissue found under the fingernail of an exotic dancer who claimed she was raped at a Duke University lacrosse party may match a player who was there, several well-placed sources said Wednesday.

"Analyzing the tissue, scientists concluded it came from the same genetic pool and was “consistent” with the bodily makeup of one of 46 lacrosse players who gave DNA samples for testing, the sources said." Herald Sun May 11, 2006

"After a first set of DNA tests failed to link two lacrosse players to the alleged crime, it was widely considered that DNA evidence would not be part of the case. New results from this second round of testing will help the prosecution's case, sources close to the investigation say.

"New DNA Tests 'Helpful' to Prosecution

"The potential evidence - a DNA sample found under a fake fingernail worn by the alleged victim and linked to the lacrosse player - was recovered from the off-campus home where the alleged attack took place." WTVD May 11, 2006

This leak of information apparently known only to Dr. Meehan's lab and District Attorney Nifong's office, the false presentation of the non-exclusion as a match or possible match, and the withholding of the clear exculpatory findings combined to create an uproar by making it appear that the additional DNA testing revealed incriminating evidence rather than proof positive of exoneration. In response to this public fraud, no one was more excited than Nancy Grace. On her May 11th show she celebrated the new evidence and practically declared it proof of guilt.

"Well, it all looked bleak for the prosecution of the Duke lacrosse team multiple rape case. At the 11th hour, suddenly, a Hail Mary pass was thrown, and it's a touchdown for the state! Apparently, DNA matching one of these three lacrosse players has turned up under the nails of the student-turned-stripper." Nancy Grace May 11, 2006

Transforming a clearly devastating report, exonerating the lacrosse players, into a “touchdown for the state” was precisely Nifong and Meehan’s intent and precisely what Nancy Grace, the Herald-Sun and others enabled them to do. The Herald-Sun willingly was the first to report one small piece of a much larger report in order to incite the local and national media into a frenzy over a “match” to a plastic fingernail found in a trashcan.

We now know that the "match" was not really a match and was rather an inability to exclude Dave Evans. The DNA came not from under a fingernail but from a mixture created from multiple fake nails retrieved from Dave Evans' own bathroom trashcan. In addition, hidden in the Meehan-Nifong conspiracy were the matches to numerous unknown other males not on the lacrosse team. One day later, on Friday May 12th the defense was informed in the report that there was genetic material matching the accuser’s “boyfriend” found in her vagina, but no mention was made of the other matches to other males in the accuser’s pubic area, on her panties, and in her anal cavity. The press and the public remained unaware of these matches, and many continued to hold onto the manufactured belief that the trashcan DNA had import, until last week’s defense motion followed by Meehan's in court confession.

Meehan's intentionally incomplete report was delivered to Inv. Himan on Friday, May 12th. Dave Evans was indicted on Monday, May 15th. One can only wonder what the grand jury would have said had the full results of the test been revealed.

It is deeply ironic that the Hoax enablers, Wendy Murphy in particular (is she really back?), dismissed the negative DNA results back in April and May and asserted there was more in the reports than the defense attorneys were revealing. Nifong himself jumped on this train for a while (after previously stating to the News & Observer that, “[i]f the only thing that we ever have in this case is DNA, then we wouldn't have a case."). Nifong chastised Susannah Meadows of Newsweek for believing the defense attorneys when they said the DNA reports exonerated the players, a claim that Nifong described as “preposterous.” In fact, just the opposite was true. There was more to the DNA reports, but it was the testing facility and the District Attorney that had conspired to keep this evidence from the defense and the press.
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Apparently Nancy Grace and the Herald-Sun are choosing to believe this manipulation and deception never happened. Other networks appear oblivious as well. FoxNews and WRAL are currently attempting to pretend they didn’t report and “confirm” the accuser had given birth last Thursday, when in fact she is not due until February.

This pattern of manipulative and false leaks from the prosecution is not something new nor has it been something difficult to recognize. We have seen it from the very first day of this Hoax when the police claimed the lacrosse players were not cooperating and were hiding behind of a wall of silence. We watched it continue through the manufactured racial outrage created by the 911 hoax. We've witnessed false hints of date rape drugs, false contentions of condoms and long sleeve shirts worn to prevent the transfer of evidence, false promises and invented assertions in affidavits, fabricated theories of the Hoax, contrived lineup procedures, the release of a retracted affidavit, and more. We have outlined many of these Hoaxes within the Hoax on these pages over the past several months.
Nancy Grace was ripe to be ridiculed for her willing cooperation and facilitation of the hoax. She should not be the last member of the media skewered for their role in this fiasco. As shown in court on Friday, Nifong could not have accomplished this persecution on his own.

28 comments:

bill anderson said...

Again, this tells us of how the mainstream media heavily depends upon government sources, and how those sources often are deceitful in what they say. Believe me, Nifong and the media were not interested in the truth, only a story that could incriminate innocent people.

I remember that ABC News story. At the time, ABC was going after the attorneys, with Chris Cuomo and others saying that if the lawyers were permitted to question the accuser's story, then it would discourage other women from "coming forward" if they had been raped.

Thus, ABC (and, by implication, other media outlets) pursued this story for political purposes, not because there was a real crime with real evidence. Just think, if it were not for the blogs, the out-front people would be the NY Times, ABC News, Fox, and CNN (with Nancy Grace leading the pack). I think that is a major story in and of itself.

Anonymous said...

Great job for all these months, Liestoppers!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You have been so faithfully committed to exonerating these young men, and words are not enough to express what that means to all of their supporters!!

Dave Powers of WorldNetDaily has a great column about Nifong:

worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53408

I particularly liked the part where he indicates that the only other explanation for all the other male DNA found in, and on the panties of the false accuser (besides the obvious) would be if she had used a slip n' slide in a men's bathroom!

emmy said...

"The DNA came not from under a fingernail but from a mixture created from multiple fake nails retrieved from Dave Evans' own bathroom trashcan."

I'm not a lawyer, but still, I must say, this process seems to be wrong...this is a manipulation of evidence, in my opinion...shouldn't each nail have been swabbed individually, and tested individually? This seems so skewered, and how could anyone accept results when the process is done this way?

Victim in Massachusetts said...

Another great one. The only reason all of the media is doing damage control is they all got lied to by the accusers OWN fmaily.

Greta from Fox Station said she spoke with five different members of her (accusers) family and they all said that she had had that baby. So now we all no her whole family is nothing but a bunch of liars.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone think Nancy will mention this case again? I'm interested to see her take on it now, if she still feels the boys are definitely guilty or if she'll just act as though she never railroaded them in the first place

Cedarford said...

For now, Nancy Grace is winning the race over the similarly evil Wendy Murphy to be the bottom-most of the venom-spewing bottom feeders.
Grace has quite a reputation from ethical lapses as a prosecutor, ethical lapses in violating agreements with booking agents (and parents in Elizabeth Smarts case) in becoming abusive or getting a kid to spill the dirt she sought.
She has blood on her hands for the suicide of one of her guests, and has lied about the circumstances of her own "victimhood".
It's good that she has finally become an object of scorn and derision. She deserves no less.

Now we can pray that Fox and the New England Law School both grow brains and can the vindictive skank swamp-sow uber-bitch Wendy Murphy from their payroll.

Anonymous said...

THIS IS NOT OVER YET. IF YOU THOUGHT THE DEFENSE SLAM DUNKED MIKE NIFONG..PLEASE THINK AGAIN.

ALL YOU RACIST DOGS WANT THE WHITE BOYS OFF B/C THEY ARE RICH DUKE STUDENTS. IN NC, WE BELIEVE IN JUSTICE BEING DONE. NO OUT SIDER WILL INFLUENCE OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. JUSTICE WILL BE FAIR TO ALL...RICH OR POOR.

IF THE GUYS ARE INNOCENT..THEY'LL WALK

IF THE GUYS ARE GUILTY.. THEY'LL PAY FOR THEIR CRIMES.

Anonymous said...

If you haven't seen the video, heres the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQe40ycRQ0s

Kemp

Anonymous said...

10:15
Little early in the morning for Trolls. Have another cup of coffee and go F*** yourself.

Sundayjack said...

http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1115111123854

The three-judge panel on Monday criticized Grace for not following her obligations to disclose to the defendant's lawyer information about other possible suspects. The 11th Circuit also agreed with a magistrate who found it hard to believe that Grace did not knowingly use a detective's false testimony that there were no other suspects.

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I'm thinking that Nancy's probaby pretty comfortable with the failure to disclose all DNA present in Precious's drawers.

Anonymous said...

To the idiot at 10:15:

IF YOU THINK THAT PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF DURHAM ARE NOT INFLUENCING THIS CASE, YOU'RE JUST THE KIND OF FOOL NIFONG LOVES. THE NATIONAL MEDIA IS ON THIS CASE. THE BLOGS ARE ALL OVER IT. I AM FROM OUT OF STATE ALTHOUGH I USED TO LIVE IN DURHAM. THE BAR IN NC IS LOOKING AT NIFONG AND SO ARE THE FEDS. WE HAVE TO DO THIS BECAUSE YOU LOCALS ARE TOO AFRAID TO ADMIT THAT A BLACK WOMAN LIED TO GET OUT OF COMMITTMENT. FACE IT. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE. FACE IT. NIFONG WITHHELD EVIDENCE. FACE IT. THE ACCUSER LIED.
FACE IT. THERE WAS NO RAPE.
FACE IT. IT'S NOT ABOUT RACE.
FACE YOURSELF AND TAKE A GOOD LOOK.

Anonymous said...

10:36

WHAT? YOU DON'T WANT FAIRNESS?? WE DON'T DO THINGS UNFAIRLY IN NC.

RICH OR POOR...EVERYONE RECEIVES FAIR JUSTICE. WE'RE NOT HAVING IT ANY OTHER WAY.


IF INNOCENT...THEY'LL WALK
IF GUILTY... THEY'LL PAY

ISN'T THAT WHAT AMERICAN JUSTICE IS ALL ABOUT

OUR FOUNDING FATHERS CREATED THIS KIND OF JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THAT'S WHAT IT WILL BE.

OUR GREAT CONSTITUTION SAYS: ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL... AND THIS INCLUDES THE ALLEDGED VICTIM.

IF ANY OF YOU DON'T LIKE OUR AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM: YOU'RE WELCOME TO LEAVE.

Anonymous said...

12:00-

The justice system also supports the concept of protecting the innocent--it is wrong to simply parade three young men around and damage their lives forever just because some woman lied. If I called the police and said you raped me when you clearly didn't would you want "justice to be done" and have to wait a year to not only exhonorate yourself, but start rebuilding your life? Would you want something completely unfounced and horribly obviously a hoax to be duked out in a trial, where you have to pay for legal fees yourself? Would you want to put your entire life on hold because some woman lied and while the rest of the world knows, the DA is pandering to black apologists for a vote and continuously railroading you? Would you want your entire life, all of your achievements, mistakes, etc, to be spewed across TV screens nightly for something you very obviously didn't do? Would you want people knowing where you live, bad comments you've made, your income, your parent's income, your high school GPA, etc, if you were clearly innocent? Would you want the smear on your name? Would you want to wait an entire year to go to trial for something that obviously didn't happen? No, you wouldn't. If it were your life, your sons, you'd think twice about our "justice" system and realize that race is calling the shots here, and these boys' lives are being put on hold and horribly damaged because one woman lied.

I like the American Justice systenm-when it's not pandering to blacks in order to "make up" for years of injustices past. It is not "fair" to put these boys through this simply to appease black people. It isn't "fair" that Nifong withheld information that exhonorates the boys. It's not "fair" that they are being stereotyped and having their lives destoryed for no reason whatsoever. There is no fairness in this case.

Anonymous said...

Umm, 12:00-the Constitution doesn't include the phrase "all men are created equal," but I wouldn't expect many members of the Durham community to know that.

The Constitution most certainly sets up values of national due process under the 5th amendment and certain parts of article 1 section 8, along with state due process in the 14th amendment and article 1 section 10 limitations which are interpreted pretty broadly.

But these are trivial points when "American Justice" is defined by racist enablers locked into their own worldview...

I've worked (or volunteered) in the Durham Courthouse and I can attest that a certain segment in Durham (much like in any society) has no idea of underlying principles of jurisprudence. Well whatever, I graduate in May.

Anonymous said...

I hope the ggang of 88, NCCU, Durham and Nifong have destroyed PC forever.

Anonymous said...

12:00,

The Durham bigot jury nullifyers wont be able to get their hands on this trial; you can whine until the cows come home. Change of Venue would have been granted if this were to go to trial.. Which it won't. The latest this fiasco will endure is February, when your sainted streetwalker will testify on the ID's.. I can't wait!!

Anonymous said...

12:10
YES IT'S FAIR THAT ALL INVOLVED GET FAIR JUSTICE

THIS CASE IS NOT ABOUT
KNOWING ANYONE'S ADDRESS,INCOME, WHAT COMMENTS WERE MADE, AND HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE GPA.

THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER THESE CRIMES WERE COMMITTED

TO DENY THE ALLEDGED VICTIM THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD, WOULD BE VIOLATING HER RIGHTS..AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT. THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS IN PLACE HERE AND WE'LL USE IT.

THERE IS NO US VERSES THEM IN NC.

THE MEDIA HAS BEEN REPORTING ONLY ONE SIDE OF THIS CASE...MOSTLY FROM THE DEFENSE. WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT MIKE NIFONG HAS.. AND THAT WILL BE IN A COURTROOM.

MIKE NIFONG WAS ELECTED AS DURHAM'S DA B/C THAT'S WHO THE PEOPLE WANTED. END OF STORY

Anonymous said...

12:10
YES IT'S FAIR THAT ALL INVOLVED GET FAIR JUSTICE

THIS CASE IS NOT ABOUT
KNOWING ANYONE'S ADDRESS,INCOME, WHAT COMMENTS WERE MADE, AND HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE GPA.

THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER THESE CRIMES WERE COMMITTED

TO DENY THE ALLEDGED VICTIM THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD, WOULD BE VIOLATING HER RIGHTS..AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT. THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS IN PLACE HERE AND WE'LL USE IT.

THERE IS NO US VERSES THEM IN NC.

THE MEDIA HAS BEEN REPORTING ONLY ONE SIDE OF THIS CASE...MOSTLY FROM THE DEFENSE. WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT MIKE NIFONG HAS.. AND THAT WILL BE IN A COURTROOM.

MIKE NIFONG WAS ELECTED AS DURHAM'S DA B/C THAT'S WHO THE PEOPLE WANTED. END OF STORY

Anonymous said...

to 12:30,
I had to yawn twice after reading your double post.

K.P. said...

Can we all leave the little troll alone and remember the three reason's why we are here. They are.

1. Collin Finnerty

2. Reade Seligmann

3. David Evans

Anonymous said...

One more stab at the troll...

1230:
a.) did you read my post? did you think about what I said, if it was YOU? The alleged "victim" doesn't deserve her day in court because it is apparent that she is lying. The volumes of exculpatory evidence show it. It's not like people just want to "ignore" a rape-a rape never occured here, and it's obvious. There is no reason to go to trial, no reason to do this to anyone. Like I said, if I'm in NY, and you're in Durham, and I call the cops right at this very moment and say you raped me ten minutes ago, should I have the right to drag your ass to court when it is absolutely obvious there is no way you could have committed this crime? Should I, the victim, have my say in court? Just because I felt like accusing you?

b.) Mike Nifong was elected by less than half of the Durham people...49% to be exact. Doesn't seem like there's an overwhelming support of him there either...so I wouldn't count on the whole "we want him in Durham". Clearly more than half of the citizens don't.

c.) what rights would we be violating of the accuser if this doesn't go to trial exactly? I'm interested to know...

d.) it is VERY much about houses, gpas, schools and money--these boys are on trial right now because of a.) their parents income, b.) their educational opportunities c.) their skin color d.) their "privileges", e.)their private school tuition f.) their property value g.) their parents wealth. Why else would they be on trial, if not to appease the black community?

Kemper said...

To all,
I don't know what to make of this, but I am passing it along to everyone. I posted earlier that I had heard Nifungu would be facing Bar summons before Christmas, and Sat I had heard that that summons had been postponed to add more serious charges. At lunch today a lawyer friend, sorry to admit that, told me the Nifungu would appear before the Bar Disciplinary committee, TOMMORROW, TUES the 19th., and that he had already been served with his summons. Who knows what is going on, but it is not good for Nifungu, that's for sure. Disbarment is what I think will happen, but he gets to appeal the verdict to NC Supreme Court, I am told he will be wasting his time. I don't know how soon such action takes affect, that is does he get to keep his license while he appeals, or is he busted right then. Fun Fun Fun

Anonymous said...

Ah, there is a God!

Hey, if all else fails, maybe he and Crystal can get a gig stripping together to make ends meet. Good proscutor bad prosecutor theme?;)

...ew.

I hope he gets disbarred. It sickens me that this man took someone else's spot in law school years ago.

Kemper said...

OK,
More. After a long discussion with State Bar, here is the time line. A grievance is heard and sent to the state bar investigators, they decide if the grievance can become a complaint. Nothing is public until the investigators decide it is a complaint at which time they serve the suspect. He has 20 days to respond. Then he is tried. Nothing could happen Tuesday except the filing of a complaint (basically the Bar indictment) which would be a public record. The Bar disciplinary committee only meets quarterly, last meeting, OCT, next meeting Jan 16th-18th. I think my lawyer friend got it wrong, and nifungu at best could be served with the complaint on Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the 12:30 poster, the defendants are the one's that deserve a trial. There is nothing in the law that allow a flase accuser to he heard.

Anonymous said...

When was the last time Nancy commented on the Duke case? I haven't heard anything in months, last I watched she had on Duke's president of the Republican club, and she cut him off and got him off screen as he was explaining a quote and voicing the opinion of majority of Duke campus on the guys' innocence. She just cut him off. GOD she is awful.

Kitty said...

Please stop screaming.

Anonymous said...

Boycott Nancy Grace!