Monday, July 16, 2007

INNOCENT: This Made Me Smile

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

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, Apr. 11, 2007

At Friends of Duke University I learned Brown University’s student newspaper, The Daily Herald, has just published an extensive and very interesting interview with Reade Seligmann, who’s transferred to Brown from Duke.

Seligmann is, of course, now recognized by millions and he talked about that which reminded me of a funny story former Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming once told.

He was on a long, slow-moving check-out line in a supermarket. The woman behind him kept leaning to one side and then the other, obviously wanting to get a better look at him but not wanting Simpson to know what she was doing.

But finally just as she had leaned to one side as far as she could, Simpson turned and they were face-to-face. The woman straightened up and the following exchange took place:

“Do you know you look just like that Senator, Simpson I think his name is.”

“Yes, Ma’am, I do.”

“I’ll bet people come up to you and say that all the time.”

“Yes, they do.”

“You must just hate that.”

I hope you’re smiling and have a good week.


Anonymous said...

Readers of this blog should take a look at the portrait of Nifong as victim at

see the July 16 post. The man needs to be educated about this case. He seems to think poor mikey was disbarred because he called some lacrosse players a bad name.

Anonymous said...

The comment above refers to yesterday's "leave the man alone blog" entry. The entry starts out:

"Mike Nifong, the disgraced prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse case, was a scapegoat. Not to say he wasn't wrong or unethical or even criminal. However, relative to the conduct of other attorneys in other prominent sports related cases, he is a choir boy."

The "man" then explains that Nifong was disbarred "mostly for called the accused, 'hooligans:'"

"Do you know how difficult it is to get disbarred? Difficult. Very, very difficult. Most cases of disbarment center around the theft of client's money. Nifong was disbarred mostly for calling the accused, "hooligans."

Next we are told to excuse Nifong's withholding of DNA evidence because it wasn't "malicious" but rather the result of overwork and the limited resources of a poor public servant:

"He was also guilty of some inappropriate (but not necessarily malicious) withholding of evidence and maybe the general understaffed and overworked neglect that plagues the realities of working in a prosecutors' office (or typical law practice, for that matter)."

Despite Nifong's access to the resources of the state of NC and the DPD, we are asked to feel sorry for Nifong because:

"The defense team had vast resources and used those resources to punish Nifong. It's possible that Nifong was the vile man the defense painted him to be. It's possible that he's not."

Read the post and comment at