Thursday, May 08, 2008

Greta Blasts Cline's Primary Win

North Carolina!! What did she know? and if nothing, why didn’t she ask?
by Greta Van Susteren

If I were a voter in Durham County, I would have wanted to cross examine Tracey Cline about what she knew about Mike Nifong’s handling of the Duke Lacrosse case. She worked in the office at the time the case was the high profile case in the office…and I can’t believe it was not discussed a great deal. If it was not discussed, I would like to know why she did not quiz Nifong about it. Certainly she heard all the lawyers on TV and in the local press complaining about his handling of it as early as 2 weeks after the dancer was at the house. Important issues - including the withholding of evidence — were constantly discussed on TV. Every Assistant DA in that office while Nifong was handling that case should have had the courage to step forward….before I would vote for her, I would want to know why she did not. Prosecutors have enormous power — and communities must be confidant that those with great courage hold those jobs. Greta Wire Blog

Cline wins Dem primary for Durham DA, job tainted by Nifong
Associated Press - May 7, 2008 12:55 AM ET

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Two years after Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong began his ill-fated pursuit of the Duke lacrosse rape case, voters turned to 1 of his colleagues to take the office beyond the scandal.

Tracey Cline won the Democratic primary for district attorney Tuesday night, beating three challengers in an election that focused as much on a trouble-filled past as the future.
With all but one precinct counted, Cline had 46% of the vote in unofficial results. Former prosecutor Freda Black was second with 34%, while private practice lawyer Keith Bishop was third with 13%. Assistant District Attorney Mitchell Garrell had 7%.

No Republicans are in the race, making it likely Cline will claim the office made infamous by Nifong and his disastrous prosecution of 3 Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape. Fox News

Heard about Town: If Cline does takes the office to fulfill Nifong's term of office, she will have two years before another election. While the three Civil Complaints work their way through the Federal Court it is expected that Cline's actions will be targetted and she will be deposed along with other ADAs who were working in the DA's Office under Nifong. Former DPD Officers, Gottlieb and Himan, are already on record saying Cline was consulted and reading the case file. It has always been assumed by insiders that Cline was more involved in the handling of the case than she admits. She was one of Nifong's top two lieutenants and handled sexual accusations.

"Defense attorneys in the case were told by Mr. Nifong and others in the office that he was conferring with [Cline] on the case and if the case were tried she would try it with him," Joe Cheshire said.

The lone rogue theory has its doubters.


Anonymous said...

IT is not a voter's responsibility to "discover" Ms Cline's role in the lacrosse case. That would be her bosses job or whoever else up the ladder is "responsible for her job performance"
How is a voter in Durham County supposed to "cross examine" Tracey Cline?
Given the current environment in Durham County, any voter with any brain's (and there are many) would stay FAR away from the DA's office and not antagonize them.
Why doesn't Ms Greta come to Durham County and keep the media involved in exposing the facts. The media also has "enormous power" and responsibility to getting to the truth.
I know it is no longer "news" so it is not going to be high on their list of stories, they have moved on, hence the civil suits.
I imagine the media will be back when the "kids" get their turn to get at the truth. I wish them the best.

Anonymous said...

Nifong 2: Daughter of Lies.

This just proves that no matter what you do to punish prosecutors, another scumbag just fills in the void-- and that's why FALSE ACCUSERS MUST BE SENT TO PRISON. There is no other way to stop this epidemic of false accusations.