Tuesday, June 19, 2007

INNOCENT: Thanks again, Beth Brewer

"... these three individuals [David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann,] are innocent of these charges."

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, Apr. 11, 2007
The AP reports today:

A judge suspended District Attorney Mike Nifong effective immediately Tuesday after learning the prosecutor disbarred for his handling of the Duke lacrosse rape case intended to stay in office for another month.

The sheriff immediately stripped Nifong of his badge and the keys to his office.

There is probable cause to believe that Nifong "has engaged in willful misconduct in office and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, which brings the office into disrepute," Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson wrote in his order.

Durham County Sheriff Worth Hill went to Nifong's house with a deputy to serve the order Tuesday morning.
We have a Durham citizen, Beth Brewer, to thank for Judge Hudson’s immediate suspension of Mike Nifong as Durham DA.

Back in early February of this year, Beth filed an affidavit in Durham County Superior Court asking the court to exercise its authority to remove DA Mike Nifong from the office it was evident he’d abused and disgraced.

Judge Hudson could have acted then but he declined to do so until today.

It’s too bad Hudson delayed for four months but at least he did the right thing today in finally acting on Beth’s affidavit.

You can read in this JinC post, That Affidavit Got Results, what I said at the time Beth filed her affidavit.

And over at Liestoppers where Beth has blogged and which supported and publicized her efforts, you can read this post which provides background and current reporting on today’s events.

If you are just learning about Beth Brewer and the very important role she played in helping bring this day of justice in Durham about, please read this JinC post, Thank you, Beth Brewer , which details the work she did to try to unseat Nifong in last fall’s general election.

I’ve said, “Thank you, Beth Brewer," before and I’m very happy to say, “Thanks again, Beth Brewer.”

All of us in Durham who value justice owe Beth Brewer our deepest thanks.

Thank you, Beth Brewer


mat said...

Many out here love Beth brewer.

humboldtblue said...

Government of the people, by the people and for the people ....

Anonymous said...

Two items in my morning paper today: item about the 'Fong being served the suspension order at his home and quotin Cy Gurney saying the 'Fong was "stunned and further humiliated." This item was from wire reports from AP and New York Times News Service (!?).
Other was a comic strip Wizard of Id showing two serfs talking; first serf: "In order to be elected, you must be able to fool the media." Second serf: "Is that hard to do?" First serf: "Apparently not."

Anonymous said...

"Elizabeth" looked good on the video clip I saw at WRAL. She should be proud. I hope those who would like to see her run for office don't push her unless it's something she really wants to do. It gets worse if you get elected.

humboldtblue said...

Maybe Nancy can get a cell next to the 'Fong ...

"Lawsuit Against CNN, Grace in Florida Missing Boy Case to Be Tried Federal Court, Judge Rules

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that CNN's Nancy Grace pushed the mother of a missing toddler to suicide through aggressive questioning on her show will be tried in federal court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Jones ruled Monday that federal court would handle the lawsuit filed by Melinda Duckett's relatives because the involved parties are from different jurisdictions, according to court documents.

The lawsuit was filed in November 2006 and names the talk show host and CNN as defendants.

Grace grilled Duckett on Grace's CNN Headline News show in September 2006 about the disappearance of Duckett's 2-year-old son, Trenton. Duckett fatally shot herself before the network aired the pre-taped interview.

Authorities, who have said they believe Trenton is still alive, have named Melinda Duckett as the prime suspect in his disappearance.

Attorneys involved in the case did not return phone messages left at their offices Tuesday."

Anonymous said...

Nancy (Dis)grace's final Court TV show was June 19, 2007. I wonder if she left voluntarily? I'd like to think that Court TV told her not to let the door hit her on the bootie on the way out.

Anonymous said...

Thank you John! I was very happy on Tuesday, to say the least.