Saturday, September 01, 2007
Mike Nifong, a convicted sexual predator (or whatever else you would describe a man who used his government office to organize a kidnapping ring against innocent late-adolescents on sexual grounds) has been sentenced to one day in jail:
From the day he took over the Duke lacrosse rape case, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong charged forward with a strident determination that the guilty would end up in jail. Ultimately, the since-disgraced former prosecutor only succeeded at putting himself behind bars.
Nifong was sentenced Friday to a single day in jail, having been held in criminal contempt of court for lying to a judge during his pursuit of rape charges against the three falsely accused lacrosse players....
It was the latest in a line of punishments for a broken man who once confidently trumpeted to anyone within earshot that a woman hired to perform as a stripper at a March 2006 lacrosse team party had been raped.
While certainly it's good that Mr. Nifong will serve a day in jail (less than a former history teacher of mine served for having the same name and ethnicity as a convict, because he was picked up on Saturday and office staff who could realize the mistake did not come in until Monday) and change careers (a "punishment" a globalized economy inflicts on thousands of Americans every year), the Mike Nifong/Crystal Gail Mangum conspiracy that criminals with just the right mix of race and status (a white male prosecutor, a black female accuser) who work together are essentially above the law.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
The story is well known: Crystal Gail Mangum -- a prostitute and stripper who had previously falsely accused innocents of rape -- once again accused youths of rape. Michael Byron Nifong, the corrupt prosecutor of Durham County, North Carolina -- acted on those charges, in spite of Mangum's unreliably testimony and increasingly strong contradictory evidence.
Mike Nifong is now no longer a lawyer and no longer a prosecutor. His victims will be suing him, so he may lose his pension. The State may further prosecute him, so he may lose his liberty.
It's easy to feel sorry for him, but it's important to remember how close he came to getting away with his evil. At worst, youths would have spent decades in prison, and become the victims of sadistic guards and fellow inmates who are real rapists. At best Nifong would drop the charges while still slandering the youths (read Gerald Bard Tjoflat's words for more).
The State Bar voted to investigate him by only one vote.
Clearly, the actions of the mainstream media were part of the horror. By referring to Crystal Gail with positively charged words as a "working mother" and "college student," they were complicit in covering up her past crimes and forming the Mike Nifong hoax echo chamber.
However, there were heroes too. Dilby.com's research was a great effort to break the echo chamber and let the truth -- that Crystal Gail Mangum is a liar and Michael Byron Nifong is a corrupt prosecutor -- be known.
If Dilby's work helped to shift just one vote of the NC State Bar -- which is quite possible -- then Dibly.com is a hero. For even the innocent athletes who fought back had little choice. But Dilby risked his reputation so that the truth could be known.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Last year, for the second time in her life, Crystal Gail Mangum claimed to have been raped by three men. For the second time, there was no trial. But for the first time, media attention encouraged the North Caroline Attorney-General Roy Cooper to say the word: "innocent."
Ms Mangum's false accusation was horribly compounded by the gross incompetence, negligence, and capricious maliciousness of Durham North Carolina prosecutor, Mike Nifong. My fellow college students -- indeed, all Americans -- hope that the surest measures are taken against Mike Nifong so that justice may be served.
Hopefully, Jesse Jackson, who said that "his organization will pay the Duke scandal accuser's tuition regardless of whether she's telling the truth or not," will doubtless comment soon.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
With Mike Nifong's and Crystal Gail Mangum's attempted lynching of the Duke University students continuing to unravel, a mob of activist University professors accidentally becomes right. Ann Althouse, Durham in Wonderland, Instapundit, and La Shawn Barber are on the case.
The Group of 88 faculty's original letter began as follows:
Regardless of the results of the police investigation, what is apparent everyday now is the anger and fear of many students who know themselves to be objects of racism and sexism, who see illuminated in this moment’s extraordinary spotlight what they live with everyday. They know that it isn’t just Duke, it isn’t everybody, and it isn’t just individuals making this disaster.
But it is a disaster nonetheless
Indeed. While the Group of 88 was focused on joining the lynching party, their words are ironic now. They can be used to describe the racist and sexist attitude of the administration of Duke University and Durham County.
Dennis Mangan writes bluntly:
Anyone white and male would have to be a fool to attend Duke. There's some sign, as outlined in the article, that the president of Duke is coming to realize his gigantic fuckup - a criminal fuckup. No one in his right mind should go there, nor should his parents send him.
The situation may not be quite bad, but it certainly isn't good. Perhaps Durham is in the Gap, after all.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Imagine a sexual predator attacks a victim. Then steals a car. Then drives under the influence. Then attempts to flee from police. Then attacks a police officer with a deadly weapon. Imagine that predator was held with a $75,000 bail.
Then imagine that sexual predator was only charged with misdemeanors.
Then imagine, years later, new victims accuse the predator of a sexual assault. And imagine if they had no knowledge before hand of the predator's history.
Wouldn't it be nice to know about these people before you move next door to them? Or send your child to work for them? Or entrust anything to them?