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At 4:35 PM, September 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NEW YORK (Sept. 27) - A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the racketeering trial of former mob boss John A. "Junior" Gotti, the third time in 12 months a jury had been unable to reach a verdict in the case.

Better to beat Nifong at the polls and get the Duke case dismissed than tried, and retried, and retried, because Nifong gets a Nifongista on each jury.

At 4:38 PM, September 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent this to the Attorney General of North Carolina, have not heard anything back, from him or his assistants. I guess that office does not communicate with retired Police Officers.

I am writing to complain about DA Michael Nifong, Durham County District Attorney. I sent him an e-mail I asked in the mail why he was withholding discovery from defense lawyers in the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case. I further stated I would vote "anybody but Nifong vote Cheek. I never mentioned my Name or the State where I lived, but somehow in his response he used my name and state of residence. Here was his response: "Gee, Bill. Does this mean you are moving down here from NJ just to vote against me? I am flattered. Bad news, though. You'll be stuck with me at least until the end of December." I know that I listed both on my profile page on America on Line, but how does Mr. Nifong get away with looking me up, on company time and how far did that lookup go. I am sure being a quasi law enforcement agency, he has the county resources to look up e-mail addresses or he could simply be a member of AOL. Since his e-mail was time stamped 12:52PM 9-19-2006, then he was probably at work using county equipment on county time. Add to that the fact that his answer was sarcastic and arrogant. I really never expected to get an answer from Mr. Nifong and I was quite surprised and flattered that he did answer me. I know that in his last court appearance and in previous ones, that he has told the court that his office had more cases then the Duke case, as a retired P/O, with 25 years of service, I am certainly aware of that, but he seems to have time to answer e-mails from out of state e-mailers and do research on the e-mail addresses. I have been told you cannot do anything unless Mr. Nifong has done something illegal, how about abuse of government computers, resources, time and taxpayer money, in the use of those resources. I want to thank you in advance for listening

At 5:16 PM, September 27, 2006, Anonymous K.P. said...

I received an E-Mail from the N&O, one Mr. Ben Niolet. I asked him why Kim Roberts house arrest was cut in half over night? His reply was that it was always 60 day not 120. The N&O is wrong.

I e-mailed mr Niolet back with the e-address to foxnews and it does say 120 days, the only way it can be reduced to 60 days is if she catches up on what she owes. Where did she get the money over night did Nifong give it to her? Or did the state of N.C. fix the paper work for her? The H-S has the same sentence as foxnews.

At 5:20 PM, September 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a link to the 120 days of house arrest of Kim Roberts, from the H-S. in Durham.

At 5:29 PM, September 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

K.P. here is the link you forgot to post. I found the same story.,2933,215610,00.html?sPage=fnc.national/crime

At 7:03 PM, September 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why won't anyone here send letter's or e-mail to the North Carolina Attorney General.

At 10:58 PM, September 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why won't anyone here send letter's or e-mail to the North Carolina Attorney General.

Probably because most of assume he knows, but won't do anything about it.

(for his review) :

Title 18 U.S.C. § 4. Misprision of felony.

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

At 1:16 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Durham cops keep getting more and more laughable

Police turn to psychic for help

And here all Lead homicide investigator Jack Cates had to do was walk down the hall and ask racist thug Sergeant Mark Gottlieb what to do when you have no case need for a psychic. You just make stuff up and frame somebody, preferably a Duke student.

My favorite quote is from Chief Vacation Chalmers "(I) encouraged all of (my) investigators to get creative and think outside the box"

That's an understatement, chief.

At 4:23 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Duke Basketball Report (DBR)
Posted on 09/27/06 13:49
by Rudra

Okay, anybody who has taken a course in anthropology for anything other than (1) a gut course; (2) a filler; or (3) a curiosity, that is, to find out what the heck it is, and why anyone would devote their entire life to it, raise your right hand. That's what I thought.

Who is this guy Starns and why do they pay him six digits to teach people about something that only a few people will ever use (that is, if they actually know what the heck it is) and even less care about? We'll leave that for another day, but I have a real hard time believing that any of you came to this fine institution because you were just dying to be touched by Professor Starns or anything that he has to offer.

Could we say any of those things about Coach K? I don't think so boys and girls. A man of terrific stature and vision, who has contributed to Duke University and the character of its body politic at least as much as any other person in the school's history. That's right, Starnsie, live with it; put that in your anthropological pipe and smoke it. When they talk of leadership, team building, community, goal setting and achievement, not only as individuals but as part of larger groups, the ethos of a place, you know, the things that anthropologists are supposed to inquire about, whose name is gonna come up? Yours. Please.

Look, this guy Starns cannot even apologize without trying to climb the back of Coach K to build his audience. In his first letter, Starns blew past the frightful condemnations being launched at the LAX team members by faculty and students. Instead, he attempted to piggy back on Coach K's fame by actually blaming K for not speaking out on the issue, presumably to pile on against the lacrosse team who Starns now concedes were unfairly accused, including the Duke 3 who he concedes NOW probably should never have been indicted. That apology, which in my book is way too little, and way too late, is not enough for Starns. He says that Coach K should not be concerned with helping heal the wounds that folks like Starns were responsible for creating in the first instance, wounds that his colleagues Wood and Holloway, among others, are continuing to inflict. Hey Starns, if not Coach K, who's gonna do it. Or should we leave it to the anthropologists to answer, whatever the heck it is that they have to contribute.

Boycotts work!!!!

At 7:47 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous K.P. said...

Here is another example of the DPD out of control: This is in the N&O today.

Boy Says He Was Mistreated By Officers. The boy is only 13

At 8:04 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy Says He Was Mistreated By Officers.

DURHAM - Police have launched an internal investigation into allegations that a 13-year-old boy was wrestled to the ground, handcuffed and pepper-sprayed Monday, though he had done nothing wrong.

(They probably thought he was a Duke student. . .)

At 8:50 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous gc said...

Thank you KP for posting the link to that article.
1. The DPD are out of control. Perhaps they learned the choke hold from Nifong's demo on TV. Another example of thinking outside the box. Chalmers should be very proud.
2. As a parent, it is outrageous that they left the boy at the hospital and didn't contact his parents.
3. The boy's father is a corrections officer.
4. What's the name of the officer involved?
5. Community activist -Rev. made a statement against the cops, but where are all the potbangers?

At 9:09 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out today's liestoppers

At 9:11 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Detailed time line

At 9:14 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, the Duke admin must be busy congratulating themselves over this. Why would "Durham residents" be included? Hmmmmm...
What is the story with the 450 alumni?

At 9:25 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was this an hour-long telephone survey?

Did Mrs. Nifong participate in both surveys? If so, we may have to invalidate the result and conduct a tie-breaker survey of all Durham residents.

At 9:28 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better formatted timeline:

At 9:50 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Professor Plum said...

Greetings all. I tried to post this last evening and I guess my skills at statistical analyses trump my skills at communicating on the internet - or I was found offensive and deleted. Nonetheless, I would like to share these thoughts.

Mr. Monk would do best if he would abandon his personal attempt to be elected DA based upon a write-in. It can be said with a high degree of belief that, if Nifong is defeated, the Governor would not make the same mistake again and reappoint Nifong DA. There is some chance that it might well be Monk.
The chances of Monk winning a write-in election against a sitting Democratic DA is, on the Spearman Rho Index, less than 0% , or plainly impossible. Mr. Monk may split the majority of the votes between himself and Mr. Cheeks giving Mr. Nifong his victory.

Plum out!

At 9:52 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous K.P. said...

9:11 poster there is an even better and more detailed list of events from the same site.

At 9:53 AM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

correction to above post. look for post 310

At 12:41 PM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:50 Professor Plum, we would not dream of removing your comments. There have been some technical difficulties on the blogspot (our host) for the past couple of days. That must have been the reason for your difficulty in posting. We all had the same experience.

Now, it seems we are back to normal. I hope it lasts.


At 1:39 PM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous gc said...

Re: 13 year old boy story

"Whitley noted the officers who who allegedly assaulted Delquan are white. Delquan is black."

Guess the DPD cops didn't learn anything from the Blinco's party. Is Baldo back working again? Just wondering.....

At 2:15 PM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Professor Plum said...

To Moderator:

Thank you for your gracious response. I must add, I feel like all of us here on this message system have become somewhat of a "family" if you would. It is sad that, likely, we will not ever get to meet each other.

Well, Lads and Ladies, I am off again to other climes. God speed given, I shall return to the enjoyment of reading your messages in a few weeks.


At 3:34 PM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DURHAM -- After exhausting all leads in the murder case of Janet Abaroa, Durham police homicide investigators are turning to a famed psychic for help.

Lead homicide investigator Jack Cates confirmed Wednesday that investigator S.W. Vaughan has begun using a psychic to assist in developing leads in the 17-month-old probe into the stabbing death of the 25-year-old wife and mother.

Maybe they can use the psychic to help with the Duke Lacrosse case, too

At 5:12 PM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they can use the psychic to help with the Duke Lacrosse case, too

They did; but she wasn't able to find where Chief Chalmers is. . .

At 6:13 PM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous gc said...

Someone should suggest the psychic look for Chalmers outside the box. LOL

At 6:27 PM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New story by Cash Michaels, he also reports the "60 Minutes" show will air on October 15. Here is the link;

At 6:31 PM, September 28, 2006, Anonymous Out Joe said...

Is the Durham judicial system really that corrupt or is the Durham judicial system really that corrupt?

At 12:12 AM, September 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering. Is anyone from FODU going to be at Duke during the parents' weekend (October 27-29)?

At 1:54 AM, September 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just when you thought Nifong couldn't get any more despicable he uses Pravda (Herald-Sun) to resurrect race-baiting as his campaign strategy

Officials: DA interest probed

"Nifong said Thursday it was his understanding that inducements had, in fact, been made.

"I was told Roland [Leary] and Ed [Pope] were making claims or promises or whatever to members of the African-American community that if they would vote for Lewis Cheek, then Tracey Cline would be the next DA," said Nifong.

"I also heard they made representations to the white community that if they voted for Lewis Cheek, then Dave LaBarre would be the next DA," Nifong added.

Cline is black; Cheek is white.

"People have accused me of dividing the community with the lacrosse case," the district attorney said. "It seems to me the lacrosse case has merely revealed divisions that already existed. This ongoing campaign by Roland Leary and Ed Pope is the most divisive thing I've ever seen."

This story looks to be a Nifong complete fabrication. Part of the Nifong-Herald-Sun desperation tactic to throw scurrilous dirt everywhere hoping that if the election turns into a race war that Nifong will skate free.

Nifong, Ashley and John Stevenson have sunk to a new racist low.

At 8:19 AM, September 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:12 am. Yes, at least one member of the FODU team will be in Durham for the Parents' weekend. If you want to make contact, please send us an email.


At 8:34 AM, September 29, 2006, Anonymous K.P. said...

There is a very good article in the Durham in Wonderland to day.

Weighing the Scales

At 8:42 AM, September 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This from Duke Chronicle:

Preventing Tragedy, Duke Style

At 3:20 PM, September 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so sad. What is Brodhead going to do?

At 4:54 PM, September 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lead paragraph in "Preventing Tragedy" must be a hypothetical, although it doesn't read that way.

At 3:20 AM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rachel Shack Speaks Out


Rachel Shack, a Trinity College junior and women's lacrosse player, penned a remarkable essay (Duke Chronicle) that offers more sound judgment on the role of athletics at Duke than the post-March writings of the combined membership of the arts and sciences faculty.

At 8:40 AM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous gc said...

Wonderful essay by Rachel Shack. Good to know the 2004 valedictorian was a Duke Woman's Lacrosse player.

At 9:03 AM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...
The Herald-Sun
September 29, 2006 11:09 pm

"Duke student government president Elliott Wolf told the trustees that, as undergraduates, the most painful part has been discussing their wonderful experiences at the university with others, yet witnessing the talk inevitably shifting to the lacrosse story."

"We have decided the best course of action is not to directly respond to allegations associated with the lacrosse team and further associate the word 'Duke' with the word 'lacrosse,'" he said."


Duke used to like to be associated with the word 'lacrosse'. They had a championship team. They still had one, until they dismissed the coach and scattered the players.

Now they don't want to be associated with justice, the innocence of their students, or the defense of their students' rights against a legal lynching. And they use this as an excuse--that they are trying to disassociate the university's good name from the scandal in the public mind; so for the sake of that higher goal they won't respond to anything about the hoax.

At 10:03 AM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Total lack of evidence doesn't seem to bother Mike Nifong.

At 11:30 AM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moved from elsewhere

I am sure everyone now has been keeping up to date on KC Johnson's "Durham In Wonderland." He knows this case and the understands the web of lies Nifong has spun. I have asked him to compose a letter to the US Department of Justice and US Attorney General Gonzales. Along with the past 6 month of criminal acitivity on the part of Nifong and the DPD, Mr. Nifong has admitted to erasing exculpatory evidence against the judges explicit orders that all notes, recordings etc are to be preserved. He got caught lying again when he said there were no notes at the place the FA was going to be committed. But notes have been found by the defense. It has taken him 6 months to compile the emails when the DPD had those emails toghether in May.

I believe a massive letter writing campaign to the US Department of Justice would get their attention about the injustices and criminal activity occurring in NC. All supporters, family members, national tv hosts can alert their listeners to print out the letter and mail it before the Oct 20 hearing. We can make a difference and instead of feeling helpless, make things happen. The Justice Department has enough evidence now to step in and investigate. I say the time if any is now for all U.S. citizens who have been sickened by Nifong and his reign of terror, please send the letter. Let's be the voice of justice for these innocent young men. Write to your senators, congressmen, assemblymen. Your Constitution and Bill of Rights has been desecrated.
Speak out.

At 11:41 AM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the Herald Sun piece, where Elliot Wolfe is quoted. It almost made me sick. No wonder the article made it into Herald Sun, it had nothing positive to say about Duke. The trustess obviously chose to listen to the wrong people. It is too bad they are wasting their time this weekend.

At 11:55 AM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If any of the Duke 3 goes to jail, it will not be Nifong, or not even the CGM who will put him in jail. It will be Brodhead and people like Elliot Wolfe who would cause such a tragic outcome to happen. And that's precisely what these people want to accomplish. Shame on them! And the others who think like them. But not to worry, their day in the sun will come to end soon. Sooner than they think, I guarantee it.

At 12:29 PM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous K.P. said...

I just sent out three letters asking for assistance in the Duke Rape Hoax Case. I sent them to the three top senators of Massachusetts. At this point it can't hurt to try.

At 12:47 PM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone here, who would slander Eliot Wolfe and/or blame him for the fate of the 3 indicted players actually know the guy? You have to keep in mind that 1)this was one quote from him in the H-S and we don't know the full context and 2) most people at Duke and elsewhere don't have as many facts about the case as people on this blog do; therefore, while most probably believe there was no rape, they don't have the absolute certainty that we do. And many ARE waiting to see if Nifong has more evidence than has been published. It is not Eliot's fault the boys were indicted...Are you going to hold him accountable for the picture the media has portrayed?

At 1:24 PM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

re above: Very thoughtful comment. Please, let us try not to attack others without any evidence of wrong doing. We cannot go by what we read in Herald Sun. Elliot Wolfe may have said some other things that Herald Sun left out. Let us give the benefit of the doubt where we can.

Here is a link to a response to Orin Starn. Thank you FODU reader who sent in an image of this page. We appreciate your help.

Envy at center of attack on Duke athletics by Jay Zenner

At 2:54 PM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did a Duke freshman die this past Thursday from alcohol poisoning or not? If it is not true, then that article should be removed from the school newspaper because it sure sounded that way from my perusal of it.

At 3:45 PM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody died from alcohol poisoning on campus. The article in the Chronicle presented a hypothetical situation--while that wasn't completely clear in the first paragraph (except for the question mark at the end), all the other paragraphs used a conditional tense discussing what would or should be done if that situation occurred, and how the university should enforce its alcohol policy at campus events.

At 6:01 PM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I reread John Detzel's article, and it still sounds as if someone died. Just too cutesy and disingenuous for my taste. The way the subject is introduced is by using a "hook" that sounds very authentic. I feel the editor should not have allowed that to go to press as written. The question mark at the end of the paragraph does not make one sense that the paragraph is a hoax. It is merely asking what should the President do. Maybe the writer is trying to show how a hoax can get started at Duke? Hmm.

At 7:55 PM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not about lacrosse, but a Duke student, Caitlin Donnelly, was involved in a hit-and-run incident in front of the Belmont Apts. She evidently received severe head injuries. Please say a prayer for both Caitlin and her family. There is an article about this in today's N&0.

At 8:45 PM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The students at Duke were told they could not hand out voter registeration forms at an event on campus today! Unbelieveable!

At 10:20 PM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Black Panthers Welcome, Duke Students Not?


Over the past few hours, I've learned from multiple sources of a potentially troubling situation at today's Duke football game. I have been told that DSED activists, along with members of Duke sports teams, were prevented from registering students at the stadium, for reasons that remain unclear.

I'm unaware of any Duke policy that would prevent students with valid Duke ID's from engaging in this activity.
After all, credit card companies sign up students at Duke sporting events. Moreover, registering voters has a long association with the academy, dating from the 1960s, when college students sought to register African-American voters in the South.

This item will be updated as soon as additional information is available.

[end excerpt]

At 3:28 AM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chronicle today revealed that it was Orin Starn protege Grad Student Leigh Campoamor who was the teacher that forced QB Zack Asack off campus for a year for copying text from the internet

(something I will guarantee that 10-40% of Duke faculty have done at one time or another)

Little-Rich-Boy Marxist Orin's fingerprints are all over this one.

At 8:52 AM, October 01, 2006, Blogger Quasimodo said...

First results of a survey of current political candidates, asking the following two hypothetical questions, are now being posted at

1) Do you think the FBI should investigate intimidation of potential jurors and witnesses, and death threats made against defendants, when these actions are undertaken by members of certified hate groups?

2) Do you think the FBI should investigate beatings of African-American citizens by white police officers, when racial epithets like "N___r!" and "boy!" are used by the officers involved?

At 10:15 AM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The News & Observer has an important article about Mike Nifong today. I was expecting a puff piece, but it is critical and helps to explain why Nifong is so stubbornly pursuing this unfounded case.

At 11:32 AM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is an article about Bob Steel donating money to Duke-Durham project.
A big boost for Duke-Durham

At 11:45 AM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is a good idea that Robert Steel donated his own money to the neighborhood improvement fund. Now that he has shown his commitment to fostering better ties between the Walltown neighborhood and Duke, it has placed him as a supporter of Brodhead's initiatives. And, it also clears the way for him to show support for the indicted three. He can come out and state his opinion on the innocence of the guys, and they cannot say that he does not support Brodhead's position. So, he can essentially have it both ways. This is good. I hope Robert will do what I am predicting.- Alum

At 12:37 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben Niolet's article puts to rest the persistent fabrication by Nifong's allies- that he was ever a reasonable or ethical person

Although clearly Durham lawyers are too afraid of Nifong to say what they really thing, the article documents that Nifong has been a petty tyrant for many years.

At 12:44 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Alum @ 11:45am post:

There is an old saying that many of us live by, "Hope springs eternal." I can only hope you are correct. My communication with "Robert" has given me no indication he will be willing to support the lacrosse defendants openly (or otherwise). Once there is a trial and acquittal, the line will start to form at the rear.

Thanks go to the criminal defense bar and thank you Alum for your optimism. HSE

At 12:55 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the last three months, one female Duke student got brutally raped in a dormitory laundry; one female Duke student got seriously assaulted in her Belmont apartment; and one Duke female student got nearly killed in a hit-and-run incident last Friday night. What is common in all these cases, other the attacks being against female Duke students? None of the attackers have been found or identified. It is safe to bet that nobody is even bothering to search for the attackers.

Yes sir, this is Durham the Wonderland. Duke student lives are not important here, not when DA Nifong (the “Duke hater”) is in charge. So, prospective Duke parents, study the statistics well and hard before you commit your kids to this out of control town and out of control university. There are surely better places you can send your kids.

At 1:02 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It appears that Duke's administration doesn't even want Duke students to vote. I guess Duke administration is perfectly happy with DPD that has special policies targeting Duke students, and other policies for everyone else, and with DA Nifong, who intends to prosecute Duke students no matter what.

At 2:04 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moved from elsewhere
In the 10/1 N&O:
Stormy DA at center of lacrosse case

An extended profile of a truly troubled man -- even though I felt before reading it that I had a good idea of just what the defense are up against -- not in terms of talent but rather in terms of obstinacy and ruthless arrogance -- this article gave me pause. Nifong's been at this schtick for years, without serious challenge. And while I respect the notion that a DA may not have patience for ill-prepared adversaries, it's the understamement of the year to say that his behavior has been viewed in these instances as unprofessional.

The fact that there are as many neutral to positive observations as there are about Nifong in this piece (all very carefully worded and guarded in their tone, I might add) merely says to me how unbridled power can make even the most ethical practitioners wary of criticizing him for fear of repurcussion down the road.

A very frightening window into the scary world of Durham "justice."

At 2:15 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous K.P. said...

If anyone would like to read the North Carolina State Constitution, I pulled it up from google, here's the link.

I just double checked the link and it is (htm) if that link doesn't work add a (t) to the end of the link.

At 2:59 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KC Johnson writes about the N&O article.

At 4:22 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Penn students should capitalize on right to vote in this election

by Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania

September 8th, 2004.

The Daily Pennsylvanian, Guest Column, page A6. Volume 120, no. 68.


As one of the most hotly contested U.S. presidential elections in history draws closer, American democracy needs a shot of that Penn resolve. Political campaigns should stimulate a robust, mutually respectful debate over competing perspectives, culminating in heavy voter turnout.


And we need more engaged citizens who inform themselves of the issues and vote their informed preferences.

Nothing would make me prouder of being Penn's president than to see Penn students begin to turn the tide of recent history from impoverished polemics and political apathy to mutually respectful deliberation and active engagement.

There is no better place to begin pursuing political empowerment than a great university like Penn. In the weeks ahead, Penn students will have many opportunities to discuss the relevant issues and to register to vote.


Of course, any student is also free to dodge this teachable moment. But those who sit out the election will exercise in the negative the once hard-won right of every citizen to speak out publicly and to vote.


My generation fought hard to extend the franchise to 18 to 20 year olds, and cheered when the 26th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified in 1971. It pains me to see that precious right to vote squandered.

But I am a stubborn optimist. I know that it is within the power of Penn's extraordinary students to elevate the level of discourse to heights that would make our Founders proud, and to vote in proportions that will prove the possibility of increasing voter turnout significantly in these troubled times. And I look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with our students as we rise to the challenge of uniting behind the glory of American democracy by responsibly exercising our constitutionally-given rights.

At 5:48 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having read the N&O article and several of the blogs, I am struck by several thoughts.

Nifong has lied from the beginning of his involvement in this hoax.

Nifong's inability to get a paying job after law school indicates to me that he was an extremely poor student.

Nifong's past and present behaviors are erratic, at best, and imply the need to have him evaluated by a psychiatrist.

In a discussion much earlier in the case, a blogger suggested that Nifong is bipolar. It was countered by a suggestion that he has a borderline personality disorder- narcissism. I agree with the latter, but wonder if he has gone over the edge of "borderline."

At 6:16 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would anyone know if Nifong has ever used the "N" word in the past 25 yars?

The liestoppers story said that he would go into a porfanity laced rants at some of the lawyers in Durham at times.

I agree with the above poster that Nifong has taken a big leap off the deep end.

At 8:01 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also posted the comment below at KC Johnson's great blog in response to the N&O article about Nifong:

"Article after article comments on Nifong's mental instability. There have been numerous references in various blogs comparing Nifong to Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny. Where there's smoke, there's fire. There has to be something to all of this. How can it be that reasonable people would otherwise put up with all of his misconduct and tyrannical, lunatic behavior? If an employee or middle manager in the average office in this country behaved like this on the job, they would have been hauled in to their HR department ages ago and sent for counseling or dismissed outright."

Judging from the previous two posts, I am not alone in my belief that the guy is unhinged or at least coming unglued. After reading the latest article, it seems like he's been in this questionable mental state for some time. Is everyone in Durham so jaded by this display of histrionics that they've become immune to it? That would be unfortunate for Collin, Reade and Dave if that's the case.

I again make the observation that however much the traffic court needed cleaning up, nobody takes a 5+-year hiatus from trying major cases to recover from prostate cancer. There is more to this picture than meets the eye. Keep digging, Benjamin Niolet and company.

At 11:53 PM, October 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Nifong does not have the termperment to be a DA. He has been able to operate in an environment where everyone just accepts his bahavior. However, the light of day now shines on his every move. Truth has a way of shining.
I get this picture of everyone walking around on egg shells so as not to set him off. How can someone behave that way? In a corporate setting, if a man cursed a woman the way he cursed the defense attorney, he would be sent to anger management class or fired. Aren't there guidelines for behavior in the Durham government? Aren't there policies in place to protect people who have to work with him from being the receipient of vulgar anger? I would think that people could file a complaint against him. I work in an office and if anyone, including any of the officers of the company, behaved the way he does or used the language he does, they would be dealt with immediately. What if we all dealt with our colleagues with angry curse-filled screams? The fact that this behavior has been allowed to continue over the many years he has been employed by Durham is truly troubling. Is everyone in Durham government allowed to yell, curse, and scream?

At 7:58 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is something that keeps troubling me, about which there has been little discussion. In directing the police to do the flawed line-up, Nifong specifically asked them to show the victim pictures of all the lacrosse players and ask her "if she remembered seeing them at the part." He did not say to ask her if any of them raped her. Did he choose his words carefully so that he could justify his illegal line-up later?? (i.e., "we were only trying to establish who was at the party--it wasn't a line-up to identify the perpetrators--but she happened to see the rapists and identified them!!!")

At 8:13 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous K.P. said...

above poster goto there you can find a copy of the line-up in question. Nifong ordered the DPD to break there own rules.

The line-up should have been conducted by an outside investigator, not anyone involved with the case.

At 9:26 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous K.P. said...

sorry to brake my post: I found the link:

At 9:42 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Below are two interesting excerpts from an article published in today’s Duke Chronicle. Nothing shows more clearly the hypocrisy that is going on at Duke. To pretend that peeing on a tree is a criminal act and that only rapists can do it is delusional. This article shows the true Duke life, not the one Brodhead would like us to believe – the one full of angels like him.

Excerpts from:
D-U-K-E: Who'd you actually come to see?
The morning wood
October 2, 2006


I have so many funny stories from this weekend, I wouldn't even know where to start? partially because I can't exactly remember the beginnings of most of them. One story, however, is worth mentioning. While watching the dodgeball tournament sponsored by everybody's favorite core-four sorority, AOPi, I noticed myself standing next to none other than the Dick Brodhead.

My team was next to play, and one of my friends casually stumbled over to me and declared, "Oh man, I'm so f@#$ed up, I don't think I can play." He then dry heaved a couple of times and started making what appeared to be some kind of gargling noise.

I looked up to find Old Dick just staring in disbelief? or perhaps disgust. It's sometimes difficult to interpret that man, I feel. Anyway, I just couldn't help but wonder what was going through his head. How could he possibly leave that situation without an immense loss of Duke pride? Heck, even I was a little embarrassed, and I wasn't exactly sober in my own right.


As it turned out, tailgate was awesome. The only thing that appeared to be different was the location. There was also a giant separation of tailgate crowds, which really pissed me off. I spent time at both venues, and they were equally fun. If the two had been combined, it would've seemed as if nothing had changed.

I also noticed a severe lacking in port-a-potties. I didn't mind this so much; however, the five-year-old girl who turned out to be hiding behind a tree I was peeing on? she might be haunted for a while.

The third thing I noticed before blacking out in the back of a pickup-truck-turned-ice-box was all the fun UVa supporters. There was a bunch of UVa dads with young children just chilling in the middle of tailgate, drinking in a crowd of teenagers.

At 10:23 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I put this in the mail and fax this morning...

Chief, Voting Section
Civil Rights Division
Room 7254 - NWB
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Sir:

It has been alleged that on Saturday, September 30, 2006, Duke University officials forcibly prevented on campus voter registration efforts at the university’s football game.

Duke Students for an Ethical Durham ( is a student organization whose mission statement reads in part, “…seeks to encourage students to fulfill their civic obligation to register and vote in Durham County.” They attempted to fulfill that mission at a university football game. Reportedly, they went through “channels” and obtained permission from university officials in accordance with university rules. As they gathered prior to the game to pick up their forms, they were confronted by officials and prevented from accomplishing any voter registration.

On its face, this action by Duke University officials would seem to be a violation of the federal Higher Education Act, which encourages campus voter registration.

This letter shall serve as a formal complaint to you and a charge to investigate said allegation. I look forward to a prompt response, as registration deadline is October 13, 2006.


Walter C. Abbott III

Cc: President Richard H. Brodhead
Duke University

Duke Students for an Ethical Durham

At 10:46 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KP, I understand all that--I am focusing on Nifong's specific words, that he wanted the police to ask her if "she remembered if they were at the party." He seemed to be very careful not to ask her to identify her attacker. I think that was for "plausible deniability" because he KNEW the line-up was flawed. He wanted to be able to say later on that the line-up was not done for the purpose of identifying the assailant but to narrow down the "persons of interest," and that she just happened to identify the assailants duering the process.

At 11:11 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question for the legal experts out there. What happens if the false accuser decides that she indeed was NOT raped ... and tells that to Nifong. What are his obligations? Is he obligated to drop the case, since there is no accusing witness and no crime committed? Is he obligated to pursue legal action against the former accuser for filing a false police report? Does he open himself up to immediate legal action by the three young men and families for false prosecution? Just wondering what could happen ...

At 11:34 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he obligated to drop the case, since there is no accusing witness?

No, he can continue the case if he feels that she has changed her mind for the wrong reasons--i.e., she has made up with the 'rapist', she is too frightened, etc. However, a DA will normally only pursue such a case if there is other evidence which indicates there was indeed a rape.
In this instance, there is NO other evidence whatever of rape, only the accusation.

Is he obligated to pursue legal action against the former accuser for filing a false police report?

No. And the maximum penalty for that in NC is $1000 fine and 200 hours community service, AFAIK.

Does he open himself up to immediate legal action by the three young men and families for false prosecution?

Quesionable, but probably not. It is very, very hard to show that a DA was doing anything other than fulfilling the obligations of his job (even if he appears to have been a bit over-zealous at times). The legal system is loathe to criticize DAs for misconduct, since it might set a bad precedent.

At 3:26 PM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking about Nifong's psyche- I know for a fact he is jealous of athletes because he wasn't one. This is one of the reasons he stayed in traffic court after he recovered from cancer. (He wanted time to be able to coach his son's Little League team, and to make sure his son was an athlete.) Mike's friends and loved ones know this to be true about him. In light of the Duke Rape Hoax, I find it to be SCARY.

At 4:11 PM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is off topic but it needs to be said. The newsoberver is taken aim at another Duke U. sport. This time it is not the lacrosse team it is the football team. This is in todays paper.

Duke, stop teh charade

At 4:49 PM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd hope we would have made more progress after some 800 years.

In readings of the times re: jihad/crusades, etc I came upon the following quote describing the "University System" in the Midieval 11th Century:

"students and professors were abused by the locals, treated roughly by the police, denied what we would call due process of law and cheated over rent, food, and books."

In other words, Nifong/Gotleib are "going midieval" on Duke and the Lax Team.

Nifong should update his campaign slogan:

...."A vote for Medieval Mike is prudent.....its your chance to stone a student"


At 6:00 PM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From N&O:
He liked the courtroom. "When you got in there, it was about winning," he said in a 2005 interview with a News & Observer reporter just before he was sworn in as district attorney.

This is the scariest thing about our justice system. It is too much like a football game and too little about truth. If Nifong likes winning, he needs to quit his job and take up a sport. Justice is about truth, not games.
He makes me sick!

At 6:11 PM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: 10:46 AM, October 02, 2006

I have had the same question and fears. I fear he will use this defense (saying he was trying to find out who was at the party) to back up his illegal lineup and it will be admitted into trial.

At 6:59 PM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought that the court room was not about winning or losing. I always thought it was about getting to the truth. Apprently, Nifong think it is a sporting event, where you win or lose. If justice is done then both sides are winners in the court room.

At 9:03 PM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nifong is a bully. I have seen his type before coach Little League. It is a way of giving their sons an advantage over the kids whose dads don't have the time or inclination to coach. I'd like to say there are some good Little League Coaches and there are a few,I guess, but I raised three sons and knew a bunch of them, and the great majority were extremely unfair, mean-spirited, and narcissistic. I was glad when my sons got old enough to play for school teams which usually were more based on kids' athletic ability than good ol'boy networking in NC.

Nyfong's personality disorder ( narcissism) should have disqualified him from being chosen as DA.

What goods does he have on Easley that the governor stands silently by? Isn't Easely chagrinned by his appointment? Why did Easley choose Nyfong over Black when she was the one who successfully brought Peterson to justice? And, why did Nyfong quickly fire Black when he became DA?

I bet Freda Black could give a lot of insight into this guy's psychological make-up, but she probably says nothing for fear of being labelled a spoiled loser, or is she afraid of Nyfong, too?

With school shootings and other serious heinous crimes happening in the US, it seems so ridiculous that so much police time, media, and lawyers' time has been used on this silly, silly, "obviously fake crime." What a silly, silly fake, little man this Nyfong is. ( I bet UNC cringes that he is one of their alumni.) At least, Duke made one decision right--- he is one alumni's kid that most likely did not deserve to be admitted. Stupid is as stupid does, and if this is only how smart he is at age 57, imagine what a dunce Mike must have been at 18!

At 9:43 PM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:23 Excellent letter. It is a disgrace that they were not allowed to register voters. It is also illegal.

At 9:53 PM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 10:23 AM poster: Absolutely agree with the 9:43 PM poster. An excellent letter about a disgraceful action.

At 1:56 AM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From an anonymous post at KC Johnson's blog:

Anonymous said...

A Few Reiterating Insights

A little birdie told me that an administrator expressed that the participating students were registering voters with an intended bias. NOTE: the students were wearing t-shirts that said "Voice Your Choice". They said nothing about Cheeks/NiFong/Lacrosse.

This was, to me at least, the obvious reason they were denied to carry on their civic duty. Why would Duke administrators want their 4 yr students to have any impact on long-term decisions in Durham?

Back to the logistics: the target voters for this campaign are Duke students. Anyone who goes to Duke knows that during a football game...the students are in the parking lot.

Burness is either a liar or worse, was never informed that the students were nixed for attempts at any and all events surrounding the game (please feel free to "Voice Your Choice" word for Burness). Nobody was banking on registering students inside the stadium. Unfortunately, you can't register Wahoo fans from Virginia.

Students were shut down completely--I heard they were told that they would be escorted off campus property if they didn't comply.

12:21 AM

At 2:11 AM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corrected link to 1:56 AM post above:

At 12:13 PM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...




At 12:46 PM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

above: I agree with you, this is an attempt to shut-up the students of Duke. The administration of Duke is sucking up the the NBPP, and playing the race card.

The Department of Justice should be contacted immediately. Duke could lose there financial aid program if they even have one.

At 1:19 PM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:13 above. The "Recommendations" section, along with a few others, were moved to our new Open Board. You will find those comments at the following address:

Recommendations for action

We hope to release the new Open Board very soon.


At 2:24 PM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not understand this:

Kim Roberts would have gotten off of her probation in December 2006 if she had not violated her probation. She would have been on probation for three years at that time. However, the H-S reported she was behind in her restitution payments by $1400 and still owes a total of $23,373 of the total $25,000 she embezzelled.

So that means in the last 2 yrs 9 months, Kim has only paid $1627 and is now only behind $1400. That means as September 2006, she was only expected to pay a total of $3027 over the period of 2 yrs 9 months. At that rate, she would not pay off the total $25,000 before 22.72 yrs. Yet her initial probation was to last only 3 yrs. Who was/is to supervise the restitution payments after she completed/completes probation? She will now get off probation in 2009 which will leave her with another 17 yrs of payments (approx. 1100/yr) to complete, if she manages to keep up with them.

Who on earth dreamed up this faulty plan???

source of data:

At 2:55 PM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone needs to send this link to the N&O they keep saying Ms. Robert's is only doing 60 days of house arrest.

At 4:07 PM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding is that Kim Roberts received 120 days of house arrest BUT if she catches up and pays off the $1400 she is behind in restitution before 60 days, then she will only serve 60 days house arrest. N&O may be acting on assumption that she WILL pay off the $1400 before the first 60 days are up.

But what about the rest of the $25,000?

She was paying less than $100 a month! But when she was a stripper, she made $400 in ONE hour! What is her problem?

At 7:17 PM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solicitations have gone out and contacts by the Development Office of Duke University are currently being made for the Annual Fund. It is now time to think seriously about the direction the University has taken in the past six months vis a vis the lacrosse case and the three innocent young men who are facing enormous financial costs at the hands of Mike Nifong. I want to take this opportunity to urge each of you who have felt a part of this website to make an investment in justice by making a contribution to the defense fund which has been set up to help these families bear the costs of defending their innocent sons. All of us can make a difference.

At 8:47 PM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check this out. Found by "abb" at Free Republic:

Law School - Voter Registration!


Time: 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM

Location:Outside the library

Contact:Kristina Johnson , kristina.johnson@__

Summary: The November 7th elections are just around the corner! Stop by our table to update your voter registration, or to register to vote for the first time. Sponsored by the Duke Law Democrats, for more information please contact kristina.johnson@__

At 11:10 PM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous The Question Man said...

Re: Post October 2 at 9:03:

Good question in text.

"What goods does Nifong have on Easley?"

At 8:34 AM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There has been so little TV coverage of the problems with this case ever since the "Abrams Report" went off the air. While I realize (hope) that "60 Minutes" will cover, maybe FODU can influence MSNBC, or another network, to pick the coverage up again. I have emailed MSNBC many times to express my disappointment in them for dropping the subject, but as an individual I don't have much influence.

At 8:51 AM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous K.P. said...

I know this is unrelated to the Duke lacrosse case, but the DPD thinks they may have found the car that was in hit-in-run of a Duke grad. last friday.

At 9:07 AM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here has been another rape on a Duke female. She is refusing to press charges. It was done by her roommate a male.

Also male student was rodded at gunpoint.

At 12:22 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Carrie said...

I’m a resident of Atlantic County, NJ and have emailed our governor asking for his involvement in this case on behalf of NJ resident, Reade Seligmann. Today I read in our local paper, The Press of Atlantic City, that Governor Corzine has not renewed the contract for our county prosecutor who has served for 20 years and Atlantic County’s State Senator Gormley is quoted in the article:

“If you look at what’s going on in the state right now, you will see the governor is taking a very deliberate pace to appointing prosecutors,” Gormley said. “There is a need, long-term, to change the way we do things in New Jersey. We should abolish senatorial courtesy and make Atlantic County the pilot program.”

Here’s the link to the article:

We have an opportunity to make the other citizens of New Jersey aware of how important this appointment is by linking it to the consequences of the actions of a NC District attorney against NJ resident Reade Seligmann.

I’ve never posted on this board but I have a glimmer of an idea on how to tie these events in a way to get our New Jersey government involved on Reade’s behalf and felt the need to post my thoughts. I encourage all other NJ residents reading this board to contact both Governor Corzine, and their New Jersey State Senator and let them know you are watching this Atlantic County appointment, and why, and copy Senator Gormley on the email. I’m certain he’d like all the ammunition possible to help make his case in the New Jersey Senate and perhaps we’ll get more publicity about Reade’s current fate at the hands of a District Attorney abusing the facts in this case for his political gain. I’m encouraging them, and their staff, to review this site, Liestoppers, Durham in Wonderland and the New Yorker article that in one sitting helped my husband see the light and feel the outrage at what has transpired. I also inform them that if they don’t review these sites soon, they’ll be left caught off guard once the story airs on CBS’s 60 Minutes in October.

At 1:25 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Above: I urge all the others on this board to do the same with Maryland and New York officials. After all, Dave and Collin are their citizens and these officials are supposed to do all they can to deliver justice to their citizens. Please, write letters to the governor and the senators of these three states: NY, NJ, and MD. This has to be done fast, time is running out.

At 1:41 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anthony Dick in his excellent piece "Crime of their lives" explains why Brodhead, the Gang of 88, and the Ashley/Sill media sympatico crowd promoted this rape allegation and are silent on Nifong's's the way they reconcile their bourgeois lifestyles with their leftist beliefs:

"In the academy and much of the media, the prevailing view of society is straightforwardly radical: Owing to a legacy of slavery and racism, America is saddled with a system of persistent structural inequality, which continues to confer significant advantages on dominant social groups. White men, especially, are collectively stained with the blot of original sin: Even if they are not themselves racist, they benefit from a society that has been oppressing minorities for ages.

On this way of thinking, the facts of the rape allegations at Duke can be seen as ancillary to a larger question of “social justice.” Whether the specific charges against the defendants are true or not, the imagery of the Duke rape scandal serves as powerful symbolic confirmation of what the Left already knows about America: There is little need to worry about the guilt of a few individuals when decades of scholarly inquiry have already convicted the whole society of rank oppression and exploitation.

This moral condemnation leads directly to feelings of guilt. The stars of today’s academy are mostly wealthy, white, and “privileged.” They are the gatekeepers of exclusive institutions with billion-dollar endowments. Socially and materially, they are entrenched near the pinnacle of Western society — the very society that they declare to be an oppressive hierarchy of exploitation, propped up by economic and racial injustice. From the comfortable heights of such a position, they perceive the need to seek redemption — to make up for the unfair advantages they have enjoyed. They accomplish this through a type of penance, performed by adopting pieties that display an appropriately critical attitude toward the established order."

At 1:51 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE; the above article, I find it interesting that none of the aforementioned parties will ask that their salaries be downsized. Broadhead, Starn, etc. will happily "do penance" when someone else pays the price (Reade, Collin and Dave), but they are unwilling to give up their own privileges.

At 2:02 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two more students were attacked on Duke campus. One was robbed at gun point.

I will collect all these articles from the Chronicle and start posting them on my son’s former high school bulletin board. You know, where high school graduates go to find out more about colleges. I suggest you do the same and get the word out about how unsafe Duke has become. If you have friends at high school who are college shopping, let them know just how unsafe Duke is. I will certainly make sure my friends do not go through the hell we are going through, worrying about the safety our son at Duke. No parent deserves that after paying $43000 per year.

At 2:04 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's it exactly. Reade, Collin and Dave are their sacrificial lambs.

Then they may each resume life at the "pinnacle", sip their fine wine, and feel smug, almost righteous, satisfaction.

Brodhead can speak no word against Nifong! It would be anathema to his world view to defend these three white affluent young men!

At 2:15 PM, October 04, 2006, Blogger Quasimodo said...

25 responses so far for the questions (asked of political candidates) --

1) Do you think the FBI should investigate intimidation of potential jurors and witnesses, and death threats made against defendants, when these actions are undertaken by members of certified hate groups?

2) Do you think the FBI should investigate beatings of African-American citizens by white police officers, when racial epithets like "N___r!" and "boy!" are used by the officers involved?

At 2:18 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have an opportunity to make the other citizens of New Jersey aware of how important this appointment is by linking it to the consequences of the actions of a NC District attorney against NJ resident Reade Seligmann.

Please keep that up! Ditto in the home states of the other defendants!

And the governors and other politicians need to speak out NOW about the denial of due process for their citizens in NC!

Email them and demand they do so! (Include the AG, the local congressmen, etc.)

At 2:19 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous K.P. said...

Can someone please post the links for the first two attacks on Duke females. I have the one from last Friday.

At 8:15 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moved from Links section

In the 10/4 H-S: Man is indicted in 2001 death

The article goes on to discuss the case of another individual whose case was presented to the grand jury only to have it return a "not-true bill", which means that the grand jury declined to indict him. According to the article,

"Not-true bills are extremely rare in Durham.

While hundreds of indictments are returned every year, the number of annual not-true bills often can be counted on the fingers of one hand, according to court officials."

So much for the theory that the indictments in the Duke case represent a serious finding of criminal activity rather than a rubber stamp of governmental misconduct.

At 8:21 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many reasons for Dukies to stay proud October 4, Herald Sun by Tom Clark

Do any of you Dukies share Tom Clark's outlook to life?

At 10:04 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me, it read as though Duke alumni should stay proud of their alma mater despite ________(fill-in-the-blank) - a rape, a hoax, a failing on the part of the administration. I really am not sure what Clark was trying to say in the piece.-- Confused

At 10:31 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Above: To me, it sounded like "let's pretend this lacrosse did not happen and just look at the bright side of things." I find this attitude a little pathetic. When three students' lives are at stake, we cannot pretend that something didn't happen. And, we cannot look at the bright side of things, no matter how bright those aspects may be. This is not the honorable or the right thing to do.

Oh well, maybe I am reading him wrong. This is my cents.

At 12:39 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are the Quasimodo posts on this site?

Both the questions are silly; who's going to say 'oh no, let the witnesses be threatened with death and intimidated.' The first is loaded - who certifies that a group is a 'hate' group, splc? And is that part of the question necessary? The second question is 'racist.' What's with the 'African-American citizen vs the 'white police officer.' How's this equivalent? Aren't we all getting a little tired of the cliche of blacks as victims and European-Americans as the nasty perps?

Were these questions actually asked and answered?

At 1:34 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Update on Duke blocking student voter registration at the homecoming game. Monks was apparently allowed to distribute campaign literature at a pre-game tailgate party, and inside the stadium.

At 1:56 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justify or Retract


Duke officials should be made to justify their claim that material could come out at trial to disprove allegations that Mike Nifong has violated various procedures of either the city of Durham or the North Carolina Bar. And if Duke officials cannot offer evidence that could rationalize Nifong's conduct, they should retract their claim, and publicly demand that the district attorney apply to Duke students the same procedures that all other citizens of Durham receive.

Accordingly, I invite readers of this blog who attended Duke to email Duke Alumni Association president Tom Clark (whose email, according to the DAA website, is ), with a cc to BOT chairman Robert Steel (whose email, according to the Duke website, is ). I urge asking the following:

In light of repeated statements from administration and alumni officials that the university must wait until a trial to demand that the district attorney uphold the due process rights of all Duke students, could you please tell me what material could possibly appear at trial to disprove allegations that:

District Attorney Nifong violated city procedures and statewide norms in the April 4 photo ID array;

District Attorney Nifong violated Rule 3.8, comment 2, of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which states that "a prosecutor should not intentionally avoid pursuit of evidence merely because he or she believes it will damage the prosecutor's case or aid the accused," when he refused to meet with Reade Seligmann's attorney to consider Seligmann's alibi evidence;

District Attorney Nifong violated Rule 3.8(f) of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which states that a prosecutor must "refrain from making extrajudicial comments that have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accused," in his public relations spree of late March and early April.

I will post any replies that are received.

[end excerpt]

At 4:01 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Duke lacrosse: A letter to the Chapel Dean.

Dear Dean Wells:

I'm a Duke alum. I publish the electronic daily,


As you know, the Durham Herald Sun recently reported statements it said you made. ("Duke leaders discuss 'toll' of lacrosse," Sept. 30)
Newspapers often get things wrong.

That allows me to hope you didn't make the statements the H-S attributes to you. Or if you did, that the H-S so misrepresented the actual import of your statements that you are taking steps to publicly correct the misrepresentation(s).

[end excerpt]

At 7:46 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Duke alumni readers of this board are encouraged to follow KC Johnson's advise in his latest article and write letters to Tom Clark and Robert Steel.

Details are here:
Justify or Retract

At 8:57 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Go along to get along" seems to be the m.o. of Duke's higher-ups. They cavalierly figure that the boys will be found innocent at trial. If not, they may speak up then. Perhaps, this is how several of them have risen to the top of their fields. They have been suck-ups all their lives. And so, they continue to suck -up to Nyfong or the 88 or whoever they perceive has the power of the moment. This type is not going to grow a back bone all of a sudden and do the right thing.

Duke Alums: look carefully at what your university has become.-- Disillusioned

At 9:49 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so puzzling to me. Everyone I talk to among my alumni friends, and I talk to a lot of them, is completely against this "silent treatment" approach Duke has taken on the lacrosse case. Everyone, without any exception, tells me that. So, when I see the administration claiming 98 percent of Duke alumni approves of their handling of the case, I have to conclude they are using one hell of a fuzzy math to come up with that statistic.

And, let me tell you, when an organization has to resort to fuzzy math to justify its actions you know something is wrong. Something is rotten at my alma mater, and it is not the Duke students.

Duke alum

At 10:22 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A call to action from Joan Foster at Liestoppers:

We know we are preaching to the choir here, but necessity demands it once again. Friends, please wave any magic wands you have, call upon ALL forces of Good and recruit anyone you know, and see if we can produce any of the following for Beth Brewer and the campaign:

1. A local band/refreshments for a Recall Nifong-Vote Cheek campaign rally.

2. Additional funds to run campaign ads.

3. Duke Students for an Ethical Durham to exceed their goals related to student voter registration and voter turnout.

4. Cheap GPS devices for tracking missing signs.

5. Additional funds for a billboard in a high traffic area.

6. Additional funds for T-shirts and bumperstickers.

7. Volunteers to hand out flyers at sports/community events.

8. Volunteers to drive people to polls.

9. Volunteers for the polls on November 7th.

10. Additional funds for a mailing to voters timed to arrive just before the election.

11. Additional funds for Halloween masks of Nifong's face (scary, huh?).

Forward all help to Beth Brewer at Recalling Nifong is no fairy tale. Corruption can only persist when good people don't care enough to change it. The next few weeks are crucial.

At 10:27 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the 9:49am Alum above:
That is very reassuring to hear. Brodhead, Steel and the trustees seem to take a page out of the Durham City officials playbook:
According to Bell, Baker and Chalmers, everything is just fine...

At 10:48 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 12:09 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Lucky "D" said...

My take is that, in the over 27 years Nifong has been in his government job, he must have quite a little black book on Durham and Duke officials' slightest indiscretions. That is why they are all afraid of him. Not because of his skills. What skill do you need to be a tyrant?

Can you imagine a Judge Nifong in the future, and then, God forbid, Governor Nifong?

At 4:47 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Brodhead is the problem. Violence seems to occur at every institution with which he has been employed.

Someone tell Starns even his beloved non-scholarship athletes engage in unsavory behavior.

Hell, let's just ban sports from college campuses altogether.

At 5:05 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Broadhead sound like a smart and scholarly man. But most smart and scholarly men or women for that matter, don't have any common sense.

At 5:22 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know Tom Clark, but after reading his essay, I have a hunch he has never parented a twenty-something, heterosexual son. Any parent of a boy who has reached college-age would have empathy for these lacrosse boys and their parents. His essay showed none. I don't know of any mother of sons who has not lamented that her son was in the wrong place at the wrong time.-- Mother of sons

At 5:39 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 5:45 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the following done?


Duke revamps voter registration efforts

David Graham

Coming soon to a mailbox near you: a North Carolina voter registration form, compliments of the Office of Student Affairs.

Forms will be placed in student mailboxes starting Wednesday as part of a University effort to better comply with the federal Higher Education Act.

The law mandates that institutions of higher education "make a good faith effort to distribute a mail voter registration form" to all students.

Associate Vice President for Federal Relations Chris Simmons said a speaker series and "Get Out the Vote" advertisements in student-targeted media will be part of a concerted push during the election season.

The University will not host candidate forums, as it has in the past.
Simmons said he expects that forms will be distributed on a biennial basis.

"In July, [Student Affairs] compiled a survey of what other colleges and universities do vis-a-vis voter registration forms," he said. "I think this is the best-faith effort you could make. People have to at least touch the forms, even if it's just to throw them in the trash."

New York University also distributes forms to student mailboxes. Yale University hands the sheets out with registration materials.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill runs registration campaigns through student groups and makes an application available on the website of the registrar's office.

In previous election years, the University placed forms in high-traffic locations such as the Bryan Center, and links to the form were posted on the Community Service Center website.

"There's been some argument that that wasn't a good-faith effort," Simmons said, adding that the law's vague wording allows for a wide range of interpretations. Simmons joined the University in February and said he was unaware of where the criticism originated.

He met with Elaine Madison, director of the Community Service Center, in late June to discuss compliance with the HEA.

[end excerpt]

At 7:12 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Professor Plum said...

Grettings All, back a bit sooner. Plum here! Had to be elsewhere.

Thirty-two years ago yesterday, I buried my most treasured thing - my beautiful, blonde blue-eyed little girl 4 years of age.

My friends, in 1974 told me about medications and drugs I should take for the pain and hoped that I would seek professional assistance in getting through the times to come.

I did not take their advice and turned to the only medication that sort of thing can cure. God!

I don't want to take this communications system that way but I only think that, if Mr. Nifong were to turn his decision making process over to God, he (Nifong)would see the right path to follow.

Sorry, Lads and Ladies.


At 7:33 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Professor Plum said...

Sorry again.I did not finish my previous post.

I intended that God would tell Nifong to drop the charges. Sorry, I am not up to sorts this week.


At 8:57 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Joan Foster said...

Plum, I am truly touched by your post. Many of us see and feel in the heartache of this case..echoes of heartaches of our own.

When we reach within ourselves to our own painful moments, empathy and true fellowship are our gifts.

In prayer, in that fellowship, and in every positive action we undertake...we find a measure of that "peace that passes all understanding."

May God bless these boys, their families, and you as well. Joan

At 9:10 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plum, you were courageous to share your grief and your faith with all of us. Tonight in my neighborhood there is a family grieving the loss of a 23 year old son who just passed away with cancer. He was diagnosed this spring and had to withdraw before participating in commencement. NC State University sent a representative to his home this summer to present him his diploma of graduation. What class. Keep this family in your thoughts.

At 9:32 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The source of the atrociously awful March-April journalism at NandO has finally been confirmed.

It was deputy editor Linda Williams doing.

In the blog today, she finally steps forward but still refuses to reveal the (old news) that CGM had told the NandO reporter that Kim had participated in attacking(and robbing) her that night

As Melanie Sill has previously told us, Ms Williams somehow has rationalized not telling readers this piece of news because "it contradicted the police version of events"

Editors Blog

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At 3:09 AM, October 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


In my humble opinion TL link


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At 8:51 AM, October 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suggest you read the latest liestoppers:

It puts Mike Nifong's actions in a wider context.

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