"... these three individuals [David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann,] are innocent of these charges."
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, Apr. 11, 2007
A commenter at the Raleigh News & Observer’s Editors’ Blog thinks Justice Whichard is in a jam:
Willis P. Whichard, chair [of the panel charged by Durham’s Mayor and City Council with investigating police conduct that led to the arrest and indictment of three innocent men,] is in a jam. His problem is whether to roll over and participate in a cover-up of the Duke Lacrosse frame or do the right thing by helping expose the Durham Police Department’s complicity.What do you folks think?
Mr. Whichard is a former State Supreme Court Justice and member of the NC Senate and House. By all accounts, he’s reputable and has an admirable public service record. At age 67, his legacy would seem secure.
One hopes Mr. Whichard doesn’t throw away what he’s earned by not doing his duty. Recent revelations from depositions made for Mike Nifong’s State Bar trial seem to show a conspiracy between him and the Durham PD. Mike Nifong didn’t frame those three young men by himself - he obviously had help from some in the police department. The public needs to know who it was and why it was done.
I’m planning to post often concerning the Whichard Panel. In fact, I hope to have a post up later tonight.
I welcome your comments and suggestions.