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There is the whiff of moral equivalence in Jay Homnick’s “Classless of 2007.” Yes, it was foolish for the Duke Lacrosse team to host a party with strippers. It has also been foolish for some of our courts to protect stripping as free speech (would they were so concerned about actual political free speech). Those justices were supposedly mature legal scholars, not callow boys unfortunately unexposed (forgive the pun) to any teaching of traditional morality at their supposedly first-class university.
There is no comparison of any kind between such foolishness and the persecution of these students by Nifong for political purposes, and by the Duke establishment for a PC rallying point. I note that Duke has already settled with the students. Terms have not been released, but a statement by one of the students gives me hope that part of the settlement might be that left-wing oldie of participation in a consciousness raising session, in this case dedicated to not jumping to conclusions based on PC script. Delicious, if so. One would hope the President of that august institution would resign from shame if he is capable of feeling any. I suppose that is too much to expect. However, how can anyone take seriously anything he says in the future? After all, he’s the jerk who was bamboozled by a not very bright political hack prosecutor. And he’s the benevolent father of those faculty children (all with Ph.D.’s, making them idiot savants) who couldn’t wait to libel and slander members of their own community before they knew anything about what really happened at the party. Where are the alumni? Are they really okay with turning their alma mater into a laughingstock?
As for Nifong, disbarment is not enough. He belongs in an orange jump suit for obstruction of justice. It was clear within days of the “incident” (well, I have to call the nothing something) that there was no there there. Not only was there no positive evidence; there was clear exculpatory evidence going the other way — evidence from which Nifong insulated himself. The disbarment hearing focused on the non-disclosure of the exculpatory DNA evidence, but there were plenty of earlier actions taken by Nifong and his minions that demonstrate this was always a political ploy, not a serious law enforcement matter. Let us not forget the photo ID array of only Duke players, so there could be no “wrong” identification. Or that Nifong never even met with the nutty complainant before rushing to judgment — and to the microphone. Or that Nifong wouldn’t even meet with Reade Seligman to review clearcut evidence that he was away from the house when the “incident” occurred. Hey, so what if these students would have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect themselves legally from an out-of-control prosecutor. That was no skin off Nifong’s nose! I hope that the civil suit against Nifong results in every future dollar he makes going to the victims of his malfeasance. For once, maybe the tort system can actually do some good. I have heard that Nifong may qualify for a public pension of over $5K per month. If so, I hope there is some way for him to lose that as well.
Nifong could probably have saved himself if he dropped the matter after the primary, but he was too stupid and stubborn to do so. He didn’t want to be embarrassed when it became obvious that the whole prosecution was for political purposes. Joke was on him! Everyone already knew that. There might have actually been some forbearance if this had gone away after 60 days, instead of dragging on through 2006 and into 2007. After all, the liberal press was not going to campaign against a kindred spirit. They would have praised him for stepping up to the situation and “following where the evidence led.” (They would have ignored that the evidence led to dropping the matter within the first week or so after the “incident.”) When talk radio and the cable news networks had exposed this fiasco for nearly a year, and the North Carolina Attorney General was forced to take over the case, even the MSM allies couldn’t save Nifong. They merely buried the story.p>Some college kids foolishly followed a crude tradition. A prosecutor obstructed justice to save his political career, and an institution turned on its students in a PC flight of fancy. There is no moral equivalence here! br> — Stephen Zierak br> Kansas City, Missouri /p> p> HAD AGAIN br> Re: Philip Klein’s West Bank Follies :
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online