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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Sowell Vs. Nifong: A Grudge Match Worth Watching

In one corner is District Attorney James Nifong, attempting to prosecute a number of white Duke lacrosse players of a rape that none of them committed. Anbd that's based on the DNA evidence that was suppressed from the player's defense team. In the other is perhaps the smartest man in the world--if not the smartest, he's definitely among the top five--Thomas Sowell. And his column at NRO today is a knockout:

In his book The Great Crash 1929, John Kenneth Galbraith said: "The worst continued to worsen." The same can be said of the Duke University "rape" case and District Attorney Michael Nifong.

After all this time, it finally came out in court last week that the DNA samples collected from the underwear and private parts of the alleged victim contained DNA from other men — but none from the Duke lacrosse players who were accused of raping her.

The head of the DNA testing laboratory testified in court under oath that both he and Nifong knew this and kept it secret.

You think that is incredible? How about a statement made afterwards by District Attorney Nifong that he didn't say anything about this publicly because he was "trying to avoid dragging any names through the mud"?

He certainly did not avoid dragging the names of the Duke lacrosse players through the mud. He not only denounced them, they were paraded in handcuffs in front of the national media. Their pictures were on every television news program across the country.

If these young men get completely exonerated, this episode will still follow them the rest of their lives. Yet they have not been convicted of anything and have not even gone to trial — which is scheduled for next spring, if it ever takes place.

Indeed, they have not even been interviewed by the police or by the district attorney who issued denunciations of these white lacrosse players when he was running for office and making a play for the black vote.

Nor has the district attorney interviewed the woman who claimed to have been raped. In a "he said, she said" situation, anyone interested in the credibility of the two sides would at least have tried to find out what specifically they claimed.

But that is only if you care about the truth, rather than the politics of the situation. Politically, the district attorney had a black woman who claimed that white men had raped her. That's all he needed to get elected.

Nifong has shown from day one what he was interested in. Showing the "rape" victim only photographs of white Duke lacrosse players was a violation of the basic principles of a lineup.

People who are known to be innocent are included in lineups just to test the credibility of whoever is identifying those picked out as guilty.

If you pick out somebody who was known to be overseas at the time, there goes your credibility. But District Attorney Nifong was not about to risk having the accuser's credibility tested, and certainly not before his election.

All the evidence that has come out has pointed the other way. One of the alleged rapists has a paper trail that shows he wasn't even there when he was supposed to be raping the "exotic dancer."

A black cab driver says he was with him, going to a bank's ATM to get some money — and bank records show him there at the time when he was supposed to be committing rape.

When confronted with the fact that DNA tests failed to show that any of the Duke lacrosse players' DNA was present on the "exotic dancer," Nifong said that they could have used condoms.

Every part of your body has DNA that is left wherever you have had bodily contact. When you shake someone's hand, you leave your DNA. Each Duke student would have to have had a giant condom covering his whole body to avoid leaving DNA on someone he raped.

Far more is involved in this case than the misdeeds of one district attorney. There is a segment of the black community — a small segment, we can hope — that figures it is payback time for all the black men who have been railroaded to jail on trumped-up charges involving the rape of white women.

The local branch of the NAACP, an organization which fought against such injustices in times past, has thrown its weight behind those who are trying to railroad three white students, who were not even born when these other injustices occurred.

Winston Churchill once said, “If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost.” Nowhere is that more true than when dealing with the explosive mixture of race and politics.

Nifong deserves to be removed from office and disbarred. If he gets away with all this, it will be a blank check for every prosecutor in the country to abuse the powers of the office.

There's no technical knock out here. This is a right-handed haymaker that just crushed the side of James Nifong's case, and Thomas Sowell is spot-on. He has abused the powers of his office, and slandered innocent men. All in the name of keeping his position and power. If that's not an ethics violation that deserves disbarring, then I'm left scratching my head as to what constitutes such an act. He is, unfortunately, immune from prosecution for his underhanded and illegal tactics. But he's not immune from being removed from office, be permanently disbarred, and aface a civil lawsuit. Of course, that will never get the player's credibility back, but turnabout's fair play, and he derves whatever lumps are handed out to him for his actions.

Publius II


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NAACP, The New Black Panthers are no longer in attendance. The women rights groups are nowhere to be seen. Racism failed as well as the DA's case. The alleged victim is pregnant and conception took place about the time of the alleged "rape." There's no DNA from any of the players, 26 white and one black. Therefore, not one is the "father" of her child. If the truth be known, I think she saw an opportunity to make some dollars by yelling "rape." I suspect the DA will move to dismiss at the February hearing. Rawriter

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