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September 7, 2007

Nifong Goes to Jail; Exonerated Players Seek Settlement and Reform

by Stephen Littau

RALEIGH, N.C. – The prosecutor who led the now-discredited Duke lacrosse rape case reported to jail Friday to serve a 24-hour sentence for contempt of court. The city, meanwhile, was in settlement talks with the three exonerated players.

According to a person close to the case, attorneys for the three players are seeking $30 million from Durham and reforms in the legal process.

If the terms aren’t met, they will sue early next month, the person told The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the proposed settlement wasn’t complete…

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Attorneys Brendan Sullivan and Barry Scheck met Wednesday with Durham officials to discuss a possible settlement to avoid a lawsuit. The lawyers stressed that the money — about $10 million each for David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann over five years — must be accompanied by legal reforms, the person close to the case told AP.

Obviously, I am very disappointed that Michael Nifong is only serving one day in jail for his disgraceful criminal behavior and even more disappointed that that lying whore Crystal Mangum who made the false charges in the first place is apparently getting a pass. But in the grand scheme of things, if these young men are successful in receiving their settlement and force reforms in the legal process, maybe future cases like this will be handled more carefully. As I have mentioned before, it should be very expensive for governments which make mistakes such as this when someone’s freedom is at stake.

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9 Comments

  1. I am with you. He should be in jail for at least 52 weeks! What a criminal, mean abuse of power.
    The Police Dept and the cop who did the “investigation” should also be punished.They all conspired to hurt these young men.

    Comment by Rodney A Stanton — September 7, 2007 @ 2:58 pm
  2. Big settlements from government are rather a Pyrrhic victory. The problem is that the money for settlements has to come from somewhere…us.

    I’m all for showing corrupt officials the insides of prisons, though.

    Comment by UCrawford — September 7, 2007 @ 3:09 pm
  3. The hope is that the taxpayers will get angry about sloppy prosecutions. When the politicains feel the heat, they usually see the light.

    Comment by Stephen Littau — September 7, 2007 @ 5:37 pm
  4. The way to end malicious prosecutions is to require the prosecutors and their agents to turn over every bit of information, every document, note, jot, and scribble related to the case to defense counsel. Take it out of their hands and this Nifong stuff is less likely to happen. If they want something under wraps, let them be required to petition the Court for it.

    It is sad that there is a lot of Nifongism out there.

    Comment by Chris Kachouroff — September 8, 2007 @ 5:29 am
  5. Hey Rodney A. Stanton-

    Would you be the same Rodney A. Stanton who claimed on Pam Atlas’ blog, that a standard 7.62×39 AK-47 as wielded in Vietnam was compatible with US 7.62×51 NATO ammunition? You tried to bluff when I called you on it, but when somebody else joined in to back me, you bailed. Remember? Anyhow, I’m STILL waiting to hear how you made that work, mighty warrior…

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2005/12/fellow_gunners_.html

    Comment by Luke — September 8, 2007 @ 8:43 pm
  6. Yes! Thank you! Finally, SOMEone asks why Crystal Gayle Mangum isn’t hanging right alongside Nifong. She’s only the one who started this travesty of justice, after all. I wrote about this case last April, saying that I didn’t think either one of them would face any consequences for their shameful actions. I guess I was only half right. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that of the two, it would be the man who went down for it. Can’t blame that poor female victim of the male oppressor. [/sarcasm]

    Comment by KellyMac — September 9, 2007 @ 8:08 am
  7. >The problem is that the money for settlements has to come from somewhere…us.

    Comment by DL — September 9, 2007 @ 1:27 pm
  8. UCrawford wrote: The problem is that the money for settlements has to come from somewhere…us.

    This is why the players should demand for a much larger settlement than what they are demanding now. They can then use the amount above the $30 million to set up a fund to aid Durham defendants who are wrongly accused.

    It is true that the money would come from us. But, it does anyway. What the Lacrosse case shows is that the county government is using our money to pay for prosecuting innocent people so that rogue prosecutors can win elections. It is a shame that justice should come to this: where the government is using our taxpayer’s money to corrupt justice, while it is these out-of-town lacrosse players who are demanding legal reform so that our justice system can be upheld.

    Make no mistake about this: should these players not had the resource to defend themselves and to put the case in the media spotlight, the government would have taken no action to keep them out of jail. They would be rotting in jail now, along with God knows how many others why are also wrongly jailed.

    And Nifong would be hailed as a hero, and might even be running for a higher office, courtesy of our tax dollars.

    Comment by DL — September 9, 2007 @ 1:29 pm
  9. KellyMac, the problem here is that we cannot prove that Ms. Mangum lied. We have established that there is no proof that the three players are guilty. We have not proven that Ms. Mangum is guilty of any crime, and it will be very, very difficult to prove that in a court of law.

    Comment by Chepe Noyon — September 9, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

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