The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong. He gets the award for the following.
DURHAM -- Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong said today that he has had no direct discussions with the accuser in the Duke lacrosse case about what happened to her the night she says she was raped.Seven months have passed and Nifong hasn't found the time to interview the accuser? He sure has had enough time to give press interviews or get re-elected. This man and prosecution both stink badly. I'm not the only one who thinks this, Betsy, LaShawn Barber, and others have blogged intensively on this miscarriage of justice taking place in North Carolina. Blogger John in Carolina has done some of the best writing on the subject. Read here, here and here for examples.
The statement came at a pre-trial hearing where lawyers for the three lacrosse players charged with rape and assault had asked a judge to order Nifong to produce notes about his conversations with the woman as part of the discovery information prosecutors are to provide to the defense.
Nifong and Durham police detectives met with the accuser April 11 to discuss the mechanics of how the criminal case would proceed, but the woman was still too distraught to talk about what had happened to her at a March 13 party where she was hired to dance. The News & Observer does not typically identify the alleged victims of sexual assault.
"She probably did not speak 15 words," Nifong said of the woman's emotional state. "She had trouble making eye contact. She looked like she was going to cry."
TFM hasn't blogged about the Duke Lacrosse case till today. For prosecutorial incompetence, Mike Nifong is today's Knucklehead of the day. Better late than never, heh?
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