Saturday, September 09, 2006

Gottlieb the Duke Hunter

In today’s News and Observer, Michael Biesecker, Samiha Khanna and Matt Dees take aim at Sgt. Mark Gottlieb. In their article entitled, “Detective got tough with Duke students," we receive confirmation of Sgt. Gottlieb's appetite for menacing young Duke students.
“Members of the defense team are now closely examining the arrests Gottlieb made before the rape case. Records show that the sergeant arrested a disproportionate number of Duke students, all on misdemeanor violations such as carrying an open beer on a public sidewalk or violating the city's noise ordinance.
Such charges usually earn an offender a pink ticket such as those issued for speeding. But court records show Gottlieb often arrested Duke students on such charges, taking them to jail in handcuffs.”
This report by Biesecker, Khanna and Dees echoes the words of Stuart Taylor in his recent article at Slate :
“Gottlieb had drawn fire before the alleged Duke rape—perhaps unbeknownst to the Times—as a Dukie-basher who reveled in throwing kids into jail for petty drinking infractions, noise violations, and the like, sometimes with violent criminals as cellmates.”
The article by Biesecker, Khanna and Dees offers additional details of the Duke Hunter's penchant for targeting students.
“From May 2005 to February 2006, the period during which Gottlieb was a patrol supervisor in the district, court and police records examined by The News & Observer show that Gottlieb arrested 28 people. Twenty were Duke students, including a quarterback of the football team and the sister of a men's lacrosse player. At least 15 of the Duke students were taken to jail.
In comparison, the three other squad supervisors working in District 2 during the same 10 months -- Sgts. Dale Gunter, John Shelton and Paul Daye -- tallied a combined 64 arrests. Two were Duke students.”
Today’s N&O article comes on the heels of Cash Michael’s offering this week which added details to a story first reported here. Mr. Michaels turns the spotlight on a pass given to Sgt. Duke Hunter by Raleigh PD:
"Critics, especially bloggers online, are particularly suspicious because there is evidence that Gottlieb has been given a pass by the Raleigh police Dept. before.An RPD traffic accident report for March 30, 2005, documents a traffic accident at the intersection of Creedmoor and Lynn roads. That report states that a personal vehicle that it has been confirmed Sgt. Gottlieb was driving, ran the stoplight at that intersection, striking another vehicle being driven Joseph George Stevens of Raleigh.According to the traffic report, the collision caused an estimated $3000.00 in damage to Mr. Stevens’ car, and $4000 to Sgt. Gottleib’s vehicle.
Stevens told The Carolinian/Wilmington Journal newspapers that Gottlieb was apologetic, took immediate responsibility for the accident, and even called the Raleigh Police to the scene on his cell phone. Gottlieb’s insurance ultimately took care of the damage, and the Raleigh Police officer making out the report assured Stevens that he was not at fault.
But after admittedly running a red light and causing $7,000 in damage, did Sgt. Gottleib get a traffic ticket from Raleigh Police?
When asked about this, RPD spokesman Jim Sughrue looked at a copy of the traffic accident report and confirmed that Sgt. Gottlieb did not get a traffic citation for running the red light.But Sughrue added that that was unusual.

The News and Observer notes that Sgt. Gottlieb is currently on leave for undisclosed reasons, and Cash Michaels reminds his readers that the infamous Duke Hunter has retained the services of a criminal defense attorney.

In the words of civil rights hunter Michael Nifong:
"And one would wonder why one needs an attorney if one was not charged and had not done anything wrong."


Anonymous said...


Your articles continue to amaze me. You outshine (by leaps and bounds) any of the media sources or blogs covering this case.


Anonymous said...

Liestoppers is the Hero in all this.

What was it, August 26th?, when you uncovered Gottlieb's accident and egregious preferential treatment that followed?

Then on August 28th, you have an Exclusive picture of Gott-lies Office:

In the picture linked above of Gott-lies office - there's a Duke Sucks bumper sticker.

So what's up? Are we to believe that Liestoppers is clairvoyant or prescient? - or that you guys have the best sources out there, bar none.

I can't recall one instance where you guys have been wrong yet!

Thank you Liestoppers !

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Here's a clickable link to the exclusive pictures of Gott-lies office:

Peek inside Gott-Lies Office


Anonymous said...

Okay, one more time - this one works:

peek inside Gott-Lies office

Anonymous said...

"And one would wonder why one needs an attorney if one was not charged and had not done anything wrong."

You just KNEW these words would come back to haunt that putz!! Can't wait until *he* retains council!!

Anonymous said...

Report: Easley press office ordered e-mails deleted
Mar 29, 2008

RALEIGH, N.C. -- State government public information officers were instructed by Gov. Mike Easley's press office to delete e-mails to and from the governor's office, according to notes released Saturday by the governor's office.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday that Andrew A. Vanore Jr., a lawyer who works for Easley, produced notes made by two public information officers. The notes showed that they and others were told at a meeting on May 29, 2007, to destroy e-mails. A third public information officer said he also recalled those instructions.

But Vanore said the notes don't mean what they say. He also said the instructions were not followed.

Easley's chief legal counsel, Reuben F. Young, has been vacationing with his family in China and could not be reached for comment. Deputy press secretary Seth Effron has been instructed by Vanore not to comment.

Questions about the way the Easley administration handles e-mails arose after publication of an N&O series, "Mental Disorder: The Failure of Reform." The series reported on an ill-conceived and poorly executed mental health reform plan on which the state has wasted at least $400 million.

Two days after the series ended, Easley ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to fire its public information officer, Debbie Crane. Later that day, Crane told The N&O that the governor's press office had directed that e-mails be deleted to bypass the state's public records law.

Young and Effron quickly denied that such instructions had been given.

Julia Jarema, public information officer at the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, recorded this note for the meeting in question: "Public records request -- increasing careful of email delete emails to/from gov. office every day."

Diana Kees, public information officer at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, recorded this note: "emails - more & more public records requests (blogs?) be careful w/emails; delete emails to and from gov office every day."

Vanore said he did not know what the notes meant.

"It could be interpreted a number of different ways, and the only way to properly interpret it would be to talk to the individual who took the note," he said. But he said he had instructed all of the employees not to talk about that issue because the newspaper may file a lawsuit.

Vanore said the e-mail messages to and from the governor's press office were clear and irrefutable proof that there was no systematic intent to destroy e-mail.

Hugh Stevens, an attorney who represents The N&O, said the notes made by Jarema and Kees confirmed Crane's allegation.

"This sounds to me as though there was a concerted and willful attempt to evade the public records law by deleting the e-mails," he said. "I don't see how you can interpret it any other way."

Guess whose e-mails were deleted? OURS! I have had numerous people write to both Easley, and the Sheriff, for our case, and after being "blacklisted" from the county website and willingly negligent, here is more PROOF of the deliberate abuse of powers in public offices to purposely deny the public RIGHTS, and to perform MORE illegal and unconstitutional tactics to prevent being "OUTED!"


Rhonda Fleming