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.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I am a big fan of Mark Shea. I read his blog regularly, and yesterday I finished listening to every episode of his podcast, Rock Solid. I'm also proud to say that he reads tdaxp. A bit ago we talked about my analysis of early Christianity as a political movement, and we agreed that because grace perfects nature, the rise of Christianity is an appropriate subject for scientific study.
However, Mark is less enthusiastic about my recent post on Mike Nifong, the disbarred prosecutor who knowingly, falsely accused three youths of rape. He writes:
Blog Entries Like This Are Why I am *So* Glad We Do Not Live in a Pure Democracy
The blogosphere is a daily reminder of the sinister moody mercurial power of the bloodthirsty mob.
Specifically, Mark objects to my contention that, had the laws allowed, Mike Nifong should be executed by the State of North Carolina. Or more generally, what is the appropriate Catholic view of the death penalty?
The answer: Catholics should support the use of the death penalty to the extent that it reduces crime. Christians not only may, but must, advocate the use of lethal punishment by the State.
Many Christians are bothered by the State's penal apparatus. We pray to Our Father in Heaven that He "forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who tresspass against us." And certainly we should forgive: not just those who ask for it, and not just those who deserve it, but especially forgive those who do not seek and do not deserve forgiveness.
This shouldn't keep the State from killing them.
It is prideful to confuse yourself with the State, but many Christians do just that when they confuse individual forgiveness with State clemency. We cause no harm when we forgive, aside from the odd Jonah perturbed by grace. But the State causes great harm when it releases criminals: it sacrifices the health, safety, and lives of innocents to criminals.
A prideful Christian, who forces the State to release a criminal because he has confused himself and the State, is condemning an innocent and releasing a criminal out of a misplaced feeling of self-righteousness. The prideful Christian who sacrifices the innocent out of concern for the guilty answers Pilate's question, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" the same way the question was answered two thousand years ago.
This is why the Bible (Romans 13:1-7) supports capital punishment.
Now that capital punishment is supported, the next question is: should Mike Nifong be executed, if the laws would allow such a thing? The answer is yes. Corrupt officials are a particularly odious form of criminal, because they use the machinery and offices of the State to do their evil. Nifong attempted to condemn innocent youths into decades of captivity, rape, and misery, bankrupt their family, and inflame divisions in the community, and while ordering the police to do his bidding.
If the laws would allow Mike Nifong to be executed, Christians must ask themselves: Do we prefer to condemn guilty men or innocent men? Are we as grand as the State?
Sin (Guilty, Yes) and virtue (Innocent, No) give different answers to this question.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Mike Nifong, the prosecutor who falsely charged undergraduate students at Duke University with rape in order to help his re-election campaign, was disbarred this afternoon. He had already resigned, from the witness stand, yesterday.
I am happy this much has been done, but generally saddened by what has not and will not be done.
- I regret that Mike Nifong will not be imprisoned for his crimes.
- I regret that Crystal Gale Mangum, Nifong's co-conspirator, will not be charged.
- I regret that Jesse Jackson, who offered to pay Crystal Gale's bills even if she was lying, will not be charged.
- I regret that the above three thugs will not be prosecuted as sexual predators and be listed as such, for the sadistic way they used the sex act to terrorize youths.
For that matter, I regret that Mike Nifong will not be executed by the State of North Carolina.
Capital punishment is both a harsh and a severe punishment. It justly reflects society's verdicts that some crimes are so harsh they can never be undone or forgotten, while it humanely avoids caging persons like dogs for decade upon decade. It reduces crime, saving innocent lives for every guilty life taken.
Some new core states, like China, execute corrupt officials who pervert justice for their own ends. Thus reduces corruption and increases public trust in government. However, Mike Nifong's nightmarish rule as prosectur shows (as if there were any doubt) that terrible corruption is not limited to places "over there," but exists here in America, as well.
It's been said that "the new Core sets the new rules:" in other words, the days of Europe influencing foreign laws are ending while the days of successful, developing countries influencing the world has started. Let's hope this is the case. Let's hope that in the future, criminals like Mike Nifong can get the justice they deserve.
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.