Have any of you been fighting for justice for the Duke lacrosse players since the Raleigh News & Observer began framing them on March 24, 2006?
Or did you join the justice fight after that?
Whatever the case, can you believe that Liestoppers.com is only now celebrating its first anniversary?
Hard to believe, isn’t it?
When Liestoppers stepped into the fight last year all the “smart people” were saying DA Mike Nifong was a shoe-in for reelection.
Liestoppers helped change that.
With one of its principals, Beth Brewer, leading it helped rally decent people in Durham who didn’t want Mike Nifong to have a prosecutor’s power to put innocent people in jail.
They almost got him out of there last November.
I’ll always believe that the fight Liestoppers helped lead against Nifong’s election distracted him enough from his cover-up of the framing of three innocent young men that it contributed to the errors he made that helped expose him to the point where the NC State Bar had no choice but to disbar him.
That would be quite a bit for any blog in its first year. But Liestoppers gave us so much more.
Joan Foster’s odes and “breakfasts with Brodhead.”
Baldo’s parodies which a journalist friend keeps telling me are more effective than dynamite and don’t make so much noise. All the better not to wake Bob Ashley in the Herald Sun’s snooze room.
Philip Wood’s carefully researched posts drawing on law and reminding us of right and wrong.
Momtothree’s terrific post documenting how race was used to fuel the frame-up.
The recent unsigned post revealing a series of Duke/DPD/FERPA fakes that may yet help to bring the Feds to Durham to launch a much needed investigation.
Liestoppers forum where many citizen journalists helped lead the exposure of wrongs committed against the players and others.
All that and so much more.
Congratulations and thanks, Liestoppers.
Justice seekers are in your debt. .
I’ll be saying more about Liestoppers in the next week or so.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Posted by JWM at 8:10 PM