Friday, September 07, 2007

Cheshire's Nifong Jest

With Mike Nifong going to jail this morning, I recalled something from the June 14 Durham Herald Sun’s account of testimony and releated events at his disbarment trial the previous day.:

[One of David Evans' defense attorneys , Brad Bannon,] criticized Nifong's inflammatory pre-trial statements. They included telling the news media that "one would wonder why one needs an attorney if one was not charged and had not done anything wrong." ...

Fellow Evans attorney Joe Cheshire said if he were questioning the Durham prosecutor, he would ask, " 'Who are those two people sitting with you, Mr. Nifong?' He would answer, 'They're my lawyers.' "

Cheshire said he'd remind Nifong of that pre-trial remark about not needing an attorney when innocent and ask, "What is going on here?"
What Nifong did was terrible. I hope today isn't the only time he goes to jail.

But recalling Cheshire's jest, I can't help smiling.