Stunning in its simplicity, isn't it?
The Hoax's preeminent news reporter, Joe Neff, ended yesterday's excellent article with what might be the only rational explanation we may ever have from Defendant Nifong for this debacle:
"I'm getting a million dollars of free advertisements."
But he wielded the mighty power of the state of North Carolina ... which one blogger recently called the "richest Daddy of them all." The "Daddy" that can take a defense witness like Moez Elmostafa to trial, while offering a sweetheart deal to the probation-violating "Second Dancer." The "Daddy" that has control over the court calendar and the evidence and the disposal thereof. The " Daddy' with Sgt Gottlieb guiding the local police force and Linwood Wilson at his beck and call. Those are all things no ordinary "rich daddy" can buy. Nifong had all that ... entrusted to him by North Carolina Governor Mike Easley. He STILL has all that!
Nifong retains all the keys to all the awesome power of a district attorney of the State of North Carolina this very day ... regardless of his infamy and disgrace! But, suppose somehow, in the near future, Nifong should be removed from office. What happens then? Does Easley then descend from the clouds, "Deus ex Machina"-style, and proclaim all is well again in the Durham County D.A.'s office? With only Nifong's removal, does he expect us to have confidence that this very dirty office is clean enough to wield the state's enormous power once again?
NO, Mr Easley. I think many of us would find that stunningly unacceptable. Some state agency in North Carolina needs to look long, hard, and thoroughly at the twenty-some officers of the court that worked side by side with Defendant Nifong these last 13 months.
Some state agency in North Carolina needs to look long, hard, and thoroughly at the officers of the court that worked side by side with Defendant Nifong these last 13 months.
The twenty-some silent ADA's.
They all need to be interviewed. Some may need to be investigated. In light of this outrageous miscarriage of justice, doing so is a necessity! There can be no confidence that the corruption within the Durham County D.A.'s office has been obliterated, till the actions of all Nifong's staff have been examined and explained to the public. No one line wave-off will do.
Three young men are branded with the stain that this District Attorney's office, THEIR workplace, imposed. The ADAs are sworn legal professionals, bound by oath to report malfeasance when they see it. There is no codicil that permits them to cower in silence for fear of the Boss. There is no loophole that allows their own personal ambition or welfare to preempt their professional obligation. They are attorneys not legal zombies, moving about the office , doing the Master's bidding.
We need to have questions answered. What did they know? When did they know it? What did they read, see, hear, contribute, or conceal? What was their responsibility in the past thirteen months? What is their culpability now?
We live in a time when corporate executives and their staffs are nationally televised being frog-marched to prison for defrauding their investors and their employees. If the Durham ADAs knew of the decision to withhold exculpatory evidence, if they saw a pattern of Nifong's abuse of power,and they just let it happen ... they are no different from any book-doctoring CPA, any tape-erasing secretary, or any document shredding deceiver. That dirty Durham D.A.'s office has defrauded everyone who ever believed in the integrity of our justice system! There should be no free passes given to professional enablers!
Every one of these ADA's stood in silence these many months as Defendant Nifong persecuted the Innocent Three. They attended his campaign parties; they ate Victoria Peterson's chicken dinners. They went home at night and watched Collin, Reade, and Dave scourged by the national media. Not one of them ever stepped out of that office and said, "I can't be part of this Frame."
Are we to believe Nifong the Rogue Prosecutor worked entirely, completely, and exclusively alone? Like Sgt Schultz of Hogan's Heroes ... do these ADAs say, "I saw NOTHING! I know NOTHING!"
At a minimum, I suggest the following: Any ADA who KNOWINGLY stood silent in the face of Nifong's corruption, who KNOWINGLY enabled him to purchase an election through persecution, should be made to join a new National Register of Ethically Impaired Attorneys. Every employer that considers them should know of their status.
In addition, they should be required to have a picture of Collin, Reade and Dave on their desks at all times, so that they can never forget the human cost of prosecutorial misconduct. It might inspire them to embrace the kind of personal integrity we see in the likes of Brad Bannon and Jim Cooney and Wade Smith and Joe Cheshire and the late Kirk Osborn. We need more attorneys of that caliber.
And finally, every morning for the rest of their lives they must scour the Internet for articles like these:
About That Duke Lacrosse Thing, by Jill Filipovic, Feministe:
Unless you’ve spent the past 48 hours hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard the news that prosecutors have dropped charges against the three Duke lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a stripper. The backlash has been stunning: The woman’s face as plastered across the cover of the New York Post yesterday along with the words THE DUKE LIAR, and The Smoking Gun has posted her personal information. I’m not linking to either.
Last I checked, the woman has not recanted her story. Last I checked, she isn’t being prosecuted for filing false charges. Last I checked, there is no evidence that she lied about a rape occurring.
Women do not lie about rape any more than people lie about being victims of other crimes — but yet we look at rape charges with far more skepticism than we do crimes like theft or other kinds of assault. Could it be that she completely made up the assault? Yeah, it could be, but there’s about a 98% chance that she’s telling the truth.
The DA dropped the ball on this one, not the woman, which is why I don’t understand the desire to post her picture and her personal information online. She was taken to the hospital an examination supported her claim of sexual assault. Several of her fingernails were left behind on the bathroom floor, along with her cell phone and her purse. She fled the house without collecting her money. She called 911. Is that definitive evidence that she was raped? No. But it lends itself to the contention that something out of the ordinary happened in that house.Nifong's ADA's should be required to search the Internet daily for this drivel, the outgrowth of corruption and silence, and personally reply to the authors, each and every one!
I do, however, think that something happened in that house — I’m not sure what else explains her fingernails on the bathroom floor, her leaving her cellphone and wallet at the house (especially if she’s a greedy whore, as many people seem to be arguing), and the medical examination which showed trauma consistent with sexual assault.
Dear Madam or Sir:I worked in Defendant Nifong's corrupt office during the persecution of the Duke Three. They were completely, unequivocally INNOCENT.
I was there.
But I did nothing.
Very sincerely yours,
C. Destine Couch
Dale A. Morrill
(Partial list of ADAs who work along side the rogue prosecutor over the last year)Joan Foster